Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

2017 - Fort Smith AR

I cannot believe I haven't posted these murals before!!! It's going to take several posts to cover them all. Click here for more Fort Smith, a great small town to visit.

Fort Smith sponsors public murals much like Rochester NY does.

The Unexpected — curated by global creative house JustKids — brings urban and contemporary art to Arkansas, culminating in an annual week-long event in downtown Fort Smith.A key element of The Unexpected, the event brings a team of international artists who add original works to a growing collection of phenomenal and unexpected public art.
VHILS is a Portuguese street artist. His internationally recognized trademark is the forming of dramatic, oversized portraits made by carving directly into outdoor walls. He has torn, drilled and blasted his way around the globe to create uncommon and striking portraits of the common citizen. His groundbreaking carving technique has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade. Using jackhammers and chisels, Vhils used his unique process to create a stunning portrait which was based on the first photographs made of Native American Cherokee.

Roa, the globe-trotting Belgian street artist brought to life another one of his lovely monochrome creatures. This time around, it’s a giant mole which is about to eat a yummy worm for its dinner.

Royal Spirits

Through her work, South African artist, Faith47, attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search for our place in this world.

Using a wide range of media, her approach is exploratory and includes found and rescued objects, shrine constructions, painting, projection mapping, video installations, printmaking and drawings.

Madrid's Okuda San Miguel created the masterful "Universal Chapel".

Bicicleta Sem Freio (or Bicycle Without Breaks in English) was founded in Brazil in 2005. They became internationally famous for their large-scale public artworks in 2013 that can be seen in The Unites States, Europe and Brazil. The Brazilian duo spent over a week to create a big mural on the streets of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The piece is entitled Catira. Catira is a typical dance from the interior area of Brazil, where Bicicleta Sem Freio are from, and is performed by ranchers and farmers.

Houston-based artist, born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ana Maria graduated with a bachelor’s degree on Animal Sciences and simultaneously started to make art with the local street art scene. She paints and draws animals with exaggerated human features to create sympathy for her subjects. This amazing Puerto Rican street artist brought to life some of her signature unique and cute creatures with these two human-faced hybrids.


  1. ...these are great. You can always spot ROA's work, we have two in Rochester.

    1. That's right, Tom. I need to go back to my Rochester photos and tag ROA in them. I did a quick search and we don't appear to have any of his work in Toronto.

  2. Magnificent murals! I love the way that so many towns and cities are creating new forms of mural street art -- a really distinguished way to upgrade city streets. These are just so appealing and interesting.

    best... mae at

  3. They are all fabulous Jackie. Vhils is such a fab artist, we have one of his murals in Perth and I've seen a couple of his murals in Lisbon too.
    We also have a Roa and an Okuda mural in Perth :) Thanks for participating.

  4. The tigers are my favourite of the set.


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