South Africa, A country full of colour and diversity, also home to some amazing street and Graffiti artists. Often neglected and forgotten in the World of street art, South Africa has a wide variety, forming many styles of art from the dangerous street side of illegal graffiti through to the large scale murals adorning the city streets of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Here is a top 25 list of street artists and Graffiti artists you need to know coming out of sunny South of Africa.
Faith 47 was born in South Africa and has blessed the streets with here haunting majestic artworks, she now travels displaying her skills on high rise buildings and large walls across the world.
Falko, known for his colourful elephants has a whimsical abstract approach to painting his characters and animals across South Africa and the world, often painting in run down and poverty stricken areas for the people to enjoy.
Rasty, Born in Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s most known graffiti artists. Creating cartoon like portraits with hints of hyper realism. full of colour and style. Organiser for City of gold festival and owner of 1933 tattoo shop in Johannesburg.
Ricky Lee Gordon
Creating Large grayscale murals around the world, His Haunting paintings are beautiful and gracefull with a dark mystery indulged within some of his works.
Instagram : @Rickyleegordon
World renowned for his beautiful and creative wild life portraits full of energy and vibrant patterns exploding from his artworks.
Mars aka Mr Moris
Mars is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s best graffiti writers when it comes to style and colour and scale, his letters can be found all of the city and suburbs of Johannesburg, recently he has entered the street art world with his interesting techniques and details coming from his original graffiti roots. (Member of DS and ABM crew)
BREEZE aka KASI
Breeze paints is artworks across the world. Full of traditional African symbolism and style. Keeping true to his heritage, he spreads his love for his country through his art.
Instagram : @breezeyoko
“the king of Africa” as known by the local artists. He has managed to write his name on every street corner and ledge possible throughout the city of Johannesburg. His symmetrical and sharp wild style is unmistakable and if you’re ever in Johannesburg you will definitely stumble upon one of his pieces. (Member of DS and DNA Crew)
Tapz and Seth
Now based in Bulgaria. Naus, originally from Johannesburg is a wildstyle graffiti artist mixing his love for graffiti and typography. His smooth and clean lines bring for a great graffiti piece as well amazing flowing handstyles. (Member of NVS Crew)
R1 is a very interesting street artist coming from Johannesburg. Creating his detailed optical illusion designs on large scale walls but with a African twist, including elements from his country hidden within his artworks.
Dekor’s art works capture your eye ,Full of colour and layers. He switches between the traditional graffiti wordings and more modern design patterns to come out with a very interesting style. (Member of NVS Crew)
BIAS aka SLOE
Bias paints his name in hard to find places across the city of Johannesburg, his wild style is constantly evolving and colours are being played with nearly on a daily bases. His graffiti juggles between 3d and wildstyle.
Rekso paints his character’s with cartoon-like finish adding in some aspects of illustration/graffiti as well as lots of colour combining for a very interesting style. He paints and tattoos out of the city of Johannesburg. (Member of QST Crew)
Based in Paris, originally from Johannesburg, Mister copy paints realism mixed with sharp lines cutting through his artworks. Recently his focus has been on creating angelic and statuesque beings with a burst of colour through a greyscale artwork. (Member of NVS Crew)
Fiya one is a graffiti artist based from the tropical city of Durban, His style consists of contemporary art mixed with optical illusions and letters, often playing with shapes and patterns in grayscale and mono tones. (Member QST Crew)
A talented graffiti artist mixing his style between characters, letters and shapes. His artworks often include a african theme mixed with a traditional graffiti elements.
A graffiti artist from Johannesburg, you can find his paintings all over the city, Famously known for his cartoon like Chinese noodle box. Mein paints graffiti style wordings full of details and shapes layering one another. (Member of TWB and QST Crew)
His artworks are full of whimsical and expressive characters mixing with traditional wildstyle. Often painting in a duo with Page33 across the streets of Johannesburg.
Page captures portraits of women with a colourful twist. Expressing herself with a spray can, she creates interesting faces with a creative touch.
Nomad is a talented street artist from Joburg. His style combines portrait realism mixed with a grungy urban finish. He also experiments and creates beautiful damaged artworks from chipping away at concrete walls.
This illustrative street artist is based out of Durban City. His style comes from illustrative design and has evolved it onto the street for everyone to enjoy. Painting and designing daily. his artworks are very urban and have close relations to the environment he grew up in.
Soak is a graffiti artist from Cape Town. His wild style plays with the idea of opacity as well as line work. Colours mix and match and create for a very interesting graffiti piece. (Member of NVS Crew)
Based out of Joburg. Anser mixes his style with realism and graffiti wordings. His inspiration comes from traditional graffiti roots.
Creating portraits with traditional African pattern work within his artworks, Dbongz makes for a interesting artist to watch out for.
Dane Stops paints beautiful large scale murals in the city of Durban. His art makes for a beautiful contemporary portrait murals with a touch of urban influence bringing in 3d block shapes.
NIMI who originates from South Africa is an architect and street artist who likes to experiment with a variety of techniques, mediums and creative processes in his finely detailed murals and paintings.
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