Street Art is only just finding it’s place in the art community in India and is truly emerging as an art form. We bring to you twenty artists who have greatly contributed to the recent rise in popularity that street art has witnessed.
(This list is in no particular order and is not exhaustive)
Harshvardhan Kadam is an artist whose work is intensely experiential. There’s no surface that he can’t turn into his canvas.He paints walls and animates them vibrantly.He has served as an Art Director for animation and live action films for various production houses across India and has illustrated numerous graphic novels and children’s books.
SHILO SHIV SULEMAN
Shilo Shiv Suleman is a visual artist with a focus on the intersection of magical realism, art for social change and technology. She is the founder and director of “the Fearless Collective” that engages with gender issues and art for social change in India.
Yantr is an artist with a vision to make socio-political issues accessible to the general public through the medium of street art. Yantr’s work revolves around the complexity of machines and organic forms, mixed together in his signature eclectic style.
Amitabh Kumar captures the human condition with his distinctive style of art. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda, has been part of the Sarai Media Lab, Sarai-CSDS (2006-2011) and is an initiating member of the Pao Collective, a Delhi based group of comic book artists.
Daku is one of the most prolific graffiti artists in India. Enthralling the streets of Delhi with his unique aesthetic, Daku merges art, typography and activism to make a long lasting impression. His works have been showcased internationally including venue such as the Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale, Triennale Design museum.
Ullas Hydoor is an architect who is in search for the answers through different mediums of art. Currently exploring the worlds of art installations, sculptures, street art, paintings, graphics and illustrations.
Anpu Varkey graduated from Baroda and London, and had her first solo show in New York in the summer of 2008 following which she moved to Bremen, Germany. During her 2 years stay in Bremen, she had her first brush with street art, which she continued pursuing after she moved to Delhi. She has been making her signature cat stencils since.
Guess Who is an anonymous street artist active in Kochi. He often converges Indian and Western icons to create thought provoking pieces of art.
THE BATHROOM PAINTER
Shunnal Ligade, who is popularly known as ‘The Bathroom Painter”, has painted the streets of Bangalore with artistic masterpieces especially in the washrooms.
Zake, is a graffiti artist based in Mumbai. His artwork is his way expressing his experiences of everyday life.
Ruchin Soni hails from a family of traditional painters in Gujarat, and was initiated into the world of art during his early childhood when he learnt traditional painting techniques from his parents.He received his formal education in Painting from the M.S.University of Baroda, and specialised in mural painting.
Flyin Munki is a Goan street artist, illustrator and art director with a repertoire of incredibly bold murals. Sometimes his work includes elements from current social or political happenings.
Harsh is a self-made artist. His vivid artwork opens the doors to all sorts of colourful experiences.Many of Harsh’s pieces can be seen located across Delhi.
Ranjit Dahiya is a Communication Designer and artist with over 8+ years of experience in various kinds of web, new media and print related projects. Ranjit founded and started the Bollywood Art Project (BAP), a community visual art project dedicated to hand painting famous Bollywood icons.
Mooz is a graffiti artist based in Mumbai, beautifying the streets with his striking work, which combines typography with hand painted forms.
Tyler is a Mumbai-based urban / street artist. Hi alias comes from Tyler Durden, the anti-establishmentarian of Chuck Palahniuk’s book Fight Club, which is an attitude that his art often represents.
Jheel Goradia, a student of Raffles Design International, Mumbai, took up the cause of gender issues in the Indian society and found a unique way to voice her opinion-through street art. The campaign #BreakingTheSilence aims at throwing light on the position of women in Indian society.
Sam Sam paints because she can. Not very much is known about her except that she has very long name and is a member of the amazing Aerosol Assassins Crew.
The godfather of graffiti in Kolkata, Snik got into graffiti by observing the graffiti culture when he was in Australia and the influence of hip hop culture.
Zine is a street artist based in Delhi. His influences include comic books, toys, graffiti artists like CAN2, Totem2, Saber etc. In his own words, his brother’s nineties rap cassette collection had a major influence on him as a graffiti artist.
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