As this week is devoted to Street art in Flanders, It is absolutely essential to dedicate an article to ROA.
ROA is a Belgium Street Artist from Ghent and probably one of the most famous urban artist’s in the world.
Whether on social networks or on a wall, it is likely we have all seen at least once of ROA’s incredible frescoes.
Seeing ROA’s artworks, one immediately feels the impression of discovering a reinterpretation of the animal sketching found in old biology and wildlife books.
Although instead of drawing with China ink ROA uses a spray can and painting rolls … with such talent and precision, you can only imagine the skill and technique needed to accomplish this! However the talent of ROA goes beyond his technique, with every animal representation he paints lifelike he also integrates his artwork into our urban environment, playing with surfaces, volume, materials … well beyond simply finishing at the aesthetic representation of the subject.
With a vivid imagination ROA stages the animals in his artworks to portray a strong message. A skinned rabbit with a tortured cry of pain, stacked suffering horses, piled like commodities rather than sentient beings highlighting the exploitation and abuse of animals throughout the world.
ROA appears a dedicated and committed artist to animal welfare and wildlife preservation. He systematically chooses to paint endemic animals of the country or region where he is located. A heron,a hedgehog , a fox, can be discovered on the walls of our European cities, with exotic animals across the oceans from his native Flanders. An excellent and creative way to raise public awareness of the endangered and suffering animals within that particular area.
ROA artworks can be discovered all around the world, although some of his oldest work and most well known, is held within his native Flanders (Ghent, Antwerp, … and in brownfield sites) . Here are some of the most emblematic artworks of this genius Flemish painter from Ghent!
ROA International Art Gallery:
pictures by courtesy of the artist
ROA Artworks in Flanders: Photos by Noel Perez – StreetArt360