THE GRAFFITI ART

FOR THE RAP / TRAP ISSUE WE HAVE SELECTED ICONIC ARTISTS WHO - WITH THEIR WORKS - HAVE BROUGHT US INTO THE STREET RAP WORLD.

One of the iconic names of street art is certainly Xavier Prou, known as Blek le rat. The French artist, active in the street art scene, begins to paint with a friend in the 1980s with the collective name of “de Blek”, while later working alone. In the 1990s he was sentenced to pay a fine for damaging property belonging to others and since then he did not paint more directly on the walls, but on posters that later attacked using the technique of stencil art. The artist portrays icons of art history, pop characters and above all, mice featuring ideas, messages and colors the walls of the cities.

Another significant artist in the current scene is Blue under the pseudonym. He began to become acquainted in 1999 with his first graffiti in Bologna and Milan. The first works were made with the spray cane and then went on with paint and tempering and with the use of rollers mounted on telescopic sticks. This technique has allowed him to enlarge the pictorial surface. Subjects are humanoid figures with sarcastic or sometimes dramatic features whose imagination seems to inspire the world of comics and video games.

Another great name is Henry Chalfant who told the pictures the first days of writing. After starting to photograph the New York subway carriages, he opened an exhibition space where writers could meet and observe their own immortalized works. The relationship between Chalfant and these artists grew so much that the writers would ask the photographer to imagine their wagons or leave messages on their trains to point out the works they just completed. From then on, it was understood that art of tags was seen as a contemporary form of visual communication.