Graffities used to be considered vandalism and delinquent behaviour. They have now become a well-respected art form through “street art”. Where graffiti is used to refer to paintings of names and characters on urban surfaces, street art refers to a more elaborated form that also includes the early graffiti movement but has evolved into spray paintings, mosaics, posters, knitting installations… As such, graffiti artists have been using their skills to make art that stops people in their tracks and some of these artists have made a name for themselves in the more “prestigious” art scenes.
Graffiti artists like Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Zephyr, Blade, David Choe, Saber, and others have been incredibly influential for the genre.
Mural Etnias-Todos somos uno, Eduardo Kobra (2016). Boulevard Olímpico, Río de Janeiro. Photographer: Paulo Múmia.