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The Street Artists Behind Our City’s Amazing Murals

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The Street Artists Behind Our City’s Amazing Murals

Skip the galleries and take a walk through Cape Town to see some impressive street art 

These local and international men and women live to express their art on the streets of our cities. You’ll find their work everywhere in Cape Town. In the CBD, from Bo Kaap to Woodstock and Salt River; and the suburbs and townships, in Langa, Khayelitsha Hout Bay and Mitchells Plain.

SKUMBUZO VABAZA
The Cape Town-graffiti artist's work features the faces of public figures like Brenda Fassie, Hugh Masekela, Temba Bavuma and Bob Marley. This piece, in particular, is in Langa.

 

A post shared by Skumbuzo Vabaza (@skubalisto) on Apr 14, 2017 at 3:03am PDT

IMRAAN CHRISTIAN
The Cape Town-based artist created this mural as a response to the misconceptions about people living in the Cape Flats and townships and to promote positivity in the youth. This mural is found in Hangberg, Hout Bay. 

 
KELSEY MONTAGUE
This international street artist makes her pieces interactive, allowing viewers to become a part of her work and creating a community through social media with the hashtag #WhatLiftsYou. This artwork is at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

 
FALKO ONE
Local artist Falko, who sees graffiti as a social tool, is considered the pioneer of graffiti in the country. His iconic elephants can be seen around Cape Town from the CBD to the Cape Flats and all the way to Muizenberg.

 

A post shared by Falko Fantastic (@falko1graffiti) on Dec 17, 2017 at 8:32am PST

 
THE BUSHMAN
This Cape Town graffiti artist started painting at 14 as a way of staying out of trouble. His background in design and illustration influence his recent work. You’ll find this art piece in the streets of Woodstock.

 

A post shared by The Bushman (@bushywopp) on Jul 30, 2016 at 4:06am PDT

 
LOUIS MASAI
This London-based painter uses street art as a medium to promote the preservation of endangered animals. You can see his work around Woodstock and in Khayelitsha.

 
RICKY LEE GORDON
This Joburg-born artist uses public murals to spark discussions on social issues that are faced by the community in which the mural is located. His murals can be found worldwide. The one featured is in Langa and is a portrait of Joe Slovo.

 

A post shared by Ricky Lee Gordon (@rickyleegordon) on Dec 14, 2014 at 6:58am PST

 
FOK ALLES
Based in Cape Town, his work is influenced by different animation and cartoon styles. The contrast of the light-hearted cartoon style with heavy emotion is all about not taking himself and his work too seriously. This featured piece was done at Baphumelele Fountain of Hope in Philippi.

 

A post shared by FØK (@fok_alles) on Nov 23, 2017 at 2:20pm PST

 
RAPHAEL FEDERICI
A visual artist from France, he travels often to paint contemporary street art pieces, with his recognisable subject, the old sailor. This piece is on the walls of Salt River.

 

A post shared by Ryno B (@rynob365) on Feb 26, 2017 at 11:26pm PST

 
JACK FOX
The son of world-renowned street artist Faith 47 and legendary graffiti maestro Wealz 140, has his distinct murals all around Woodstock. He draws inspiration from cartoons, tattoos and music. 

 
SONNY SUNDANCER
The Joburg-born street artist uses animals as his subject, particularly highlighting endangered wildlife, and his pieces are absolute showstoppers. The one featured, “The Buitengracht Wolf” is in Bo Kaap.

 

A post shared by Sonny (@sonnysundancer) on Jun 9, 2015 at 2:40am PDT

 
NARD STAR
You might have seen her vibrant, abstract street art, with clean lines and symmetry,  around Cape Town. Nardstar’s unique pieces are inspired by her admiration of the brazenness of graffiti.

 

A post shared by Nardstar* (@nard_star) on Sep 28, 2015 at 9:53pm PDT

 
URBANSKI
In this piece, the German artist exhibits a timeline of the Woodstock community’s history. It’s a visual representation of the diverse cultures that lived and continue to live in the area.

 
CLAUDE CHANDLER
The Capetonian fine artist, whose style is using stamp techniques, painted this pixelated portrait of the homeowner whose wall was used, as part of the 2017 International Public Art Festival in Salt River.

 

A post shared by Gesant Abed (@gesantabed) on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:24pm PST

 
MAKATRON
Australian-based painter Makatron uses his talents to highlight the idea of humanity versus nature. Walk through the streets of Woodstock and you’ll come across this striking mural.

 

A post shared by Aliza A (@alizaapp) on Nov 21, 2017 at 4:45am PST

 
CRATE COLLECTIVE
This piece of artwork, done as a collaboration by a group of artists, definitely stands out in the city. It’s hard to miss at the Youngblood Gallery On Bree Street.

 

A post shared by Giuliana (@giulianaloicoki) on Nov 2, 2017 at 10:55pm PDT

Compiled by Razaan Kamish

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