street art and graffiti in south africa

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.

Faith47

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.

Faith47 south african street artist
Faith47 – “Zebra”  Photo @rubinstamatic
artwork by Faith47 street artist from south africa
Faith47 – “buck” – Photo @foto_podushka

Instagram: @faith47

Falko

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.

Artwork by Falko . Street Art in South Africa
Falko
Falko artwork. Street art in south africa
Falko

Instagram: @falko1graffiti

Rasty

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.

artwork by Rasty, graffiti art in south africa
Rasty
mural by Rasty. urban art in south africa
Rasty

Instagram: @rastyknayles

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.

mural artwork by ricky lee gordon in south africa
Ricky Lee Gordon – photo @nickakramer
Ricky lee Gordon urban artist from south africa
Ricky Lee Gordon

Instagram : @Rickyleegordon

Sonny

World renowned for his beautiful and creative wild life portraits full of energy and vibrant patterns exploding from his artworks.

sonnysundancer south african street artist
Sonny
sonnysundancer urban art in south africa
Sonny

Instagram: @sonnysundancer

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)

mars graffiti in south africa
Mars
mars south african graffiti artist
Mars

Instagram: @mars.graffiti

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.

breeze yoko south african street artist
Breeze
breeze yoko south african urban artist
Breeze

Instagram : @breezeyoko

TAPZ

“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)

graffiti south africa
Tapz
tapz graffiti in south africa
Tapz and Seth

Tapz and Seth

Naus

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)

graffiti art in south africa
Nause
Envy Nause graffiti artist from south africa
Nause

Instagram: @envynause

R1

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.

R1 street artist from south africa
R1
R1 south african street artist
R1

Instagram: @r1art

Dekor

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)

graffiti art in south africa
Dekor and Norm
dekor one in south africa
Dekor
artwork by Dekor in south africa
Dekor

Instagram: @dekor_one

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.

Bias artwork. graffiti art in south africa
Bias
graffiti mural artwork . by Bias south african urban artist
Bias

Instagram: @bias

REKSO

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)

Rekso graffiti art
Rekso
rekso_le_hond___BkK73aoFvut___.jpg
Rekso and Fiva

Instagram: @rekso_le_hond

MISTER COPY

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)

Mister Copy , south african street artist . Mural in Dundee scotland
Mister Copy
south african urban artist . Mister Copy mural in paris france
Mister Copy

Instagram: @mister_copyArticle about Mister Copy on streetart360Mister Copy last artwork in Scotland

FIYA

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)

Fiya artwork . Urban art in south africa
Fiya
Artwork by Fiya
Fiya

Instagram: @_fiyaone_

MR.EKSE

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.

graffiti art in South africa
Mr.Ekse
urban artist and graffiti artists from south africa
Mr.Ekse

Instagram: @mr.ekse

MEIN

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)

Mein graffiti art
Mein
mein urban art
Mein

Instagram: @mein163

ZESTA

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.

Zesta mural artwork
Zesta
zesta street art and graffiti
Zesta

Instagram: @zesta_jhb

PAGE33

Page captures portraits of women with a colourful twist. Expressing herself with a spray can, she creates interesting faces with a creative touch.

Page33 artwork
Page33
Page33 mural artwork
Page33

Instagram: @page_thirty3

NOMAD

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.

Nomad street artwork
Nomad
justin nomad mural
Nomad

Instagram: @justinnomad

DAMN VANDAL

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.

graffiti mural
Damn Vandal
graffiti mural artwork
Damn Vandal

Instagram: @thatdamnvandal

SOAK

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)

Soak graffitiart
Soak
graffitiart mural
Soak

Instagram: @attackofthebread

ANSER

Based out of Joburg. Anser mixes his style with realism and graffiti wordings. His inspiration comes from traditional graffiti roots.

Anser artwork . streetart in south africa
Anser
urbanart in south africa
Anser

Instagram: @anser_nineone

DBONGZ

Creating portraits with traditional African pattern work within his artworks, Dbongz makes for a interesting artist to watch out for.

Dbongz mural artwork. Nelson Mandela
Dbongz
dbongz portrait mural
Dbongz

Instagram: @dbongz_one

DANE STOPS

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.

Dane Stops artwork
Dane Stops
Dane Stops street art south african
Dane Stops – photo @danestops

Instagram: @danestops

NIMI

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.

mural artwork by Nimi
NIMI
NIMI mural artwork
NIMI

InstagramFacebook

Photos by Courtesy of artists and photographers 

BOOKS:

2 thoughts on “25 South African Street Artists not to be missed”

  1. Truly breathtaking. Stunning and magnificent artwork. Just blows me away. I’m so grateful to be able to see al of this amazing beauty. Nothing in any museum can touch this work.

Leave a Reply