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Showing: Roa – “Hic Sunt Dracones” @ Backwoods Gallery

Keeping the tradition of having solo shows with the gallery every two years, ROA recently spent some time in Melbourne working on his third solo show with Backwoods Gallery. Hic Sunt Dracones (Here Be Dragons) opened on the 3rd of June and will stay on view for only 2 weeks. The title of the show comes from the imaginary maps that European explorers used from the 15th to 18th centuries documenting unexplored parts of the newly discovered Terra Australis. Filled with curious animals, plants & cultures, the new land hid a lot […]

Streets: ROA (Belgium)

Last week, ROA returned to his home country of Belgium to participate in the Crystal Ship Festival on the streets of Ostend. The muralist decided to paint some of his favorite imagery that fans have seen from him the past – a stack of animals. Other artists slated to participate include 1010, Fintan Magee, Guido Van Helten, Pixel Pancho, Robert Montgomery, Ella & Pitr, Agostino Iacurci, Faith47, Ever, Cyrcle, JAZ, Elian, Isaac Cordal, Biancoshock & Zio Ziegler. Via StreetArtNews. Discuss ROA here.
Photo: PmP Agency

Streets: ROA (Bangkok)

Currently in Bangkok, the BUKRUK Urban Arts Festival has seen a steady stream of street artists arrive to leave their mark on the capital city. One of these is ROA, who is painting across the way from Aryz (more on his mural later), and with his usual practice, choosing to use local creatures as his inspiration. The Belgium-based artist’s decision was easy of course, placing two iconic Thai elephants balanced on top of each other as well as cleverly resting their feet on some architectural elements. Photo […]

Recap / Streets: Unexpected (Fort Smith)

Recently, we shared with you a mural that D*Face (interviewed) completed for the Unexpected public arts event in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Curated by Just Kids, artists Vhils, Roa (seen above), Maser, Ana Maria, Bicicleta Sem Freio and Askew were also invited in to paint walls in the former real western town’s downtown area. Take a look below at some photos, which also includes another piece from D*Face.                

Streets: ROA (Australia)

Last month, prolific muralist ROA (interviewed) was in Townsville painting a few of his favorite things. Commissioned by the city council as part of the Street Art Activation Framework in a push to make the city the arts capital of the North Australia, the Belgium painter has once again chosen local fauna as his inspiration – the Goanna, Sugar Glider, and turtle resting on top of a crocodile. Take a look photos of the three murals below… Photo credit: Regan Tamanui (top image) & Tom Dickson (other images). […]

Recap: Coney Art Walls

After a close look at the creation of three murals (Eine, Miss Van, Maya Hayuk) for the Coney Art Walls, we now have an recap of the event for you to enjoy. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch at an empty lot on Coney Island at 1320 Bowery on the west side of Stillwell Avenue (open 7 days a week), 30 artists were invited in to paint among food vendors chosen by Smorgasburg. Highlights for us was something from Futura (seen above) mirroring some of his photography work, a […]

Streets: Surface Project (Copenhagen)

The 5th show on Søren Solkær‘s Surface world tour opened on June 12th at Øksnehallen in central Copenhagen. The exhibition itself features 122 portraits of some of world’s most famous street artists, who were all featured in his recent book Surface (covered). To celebrate this big event, the Danish photographer invited six international and esteemed artists to create large-scale murals in the streets of Copenhagen. Some of them were returning the capital, some visiting for the first time,  and in the week before the opening Copenhagen’s cityscape got ugpraged by six […]
Sainer - Krakow - Poland (photo credit by Majki Malinowy)

Streets: World Roundup (May 1 – May 20)

It’s been few months without our Streets World Roundup feature, but it seems like the season for street art festival has arrived, so the only way to cover some of it is to do a group report on some of the most important murals worldwide. Tahiti once again hosted the ONO’U festival and this year’s lineup included such names as DALeast, Faith47, Seth Globepainter (who teamed up with local artist HTJ), ROA, Dabs Myla, and Pose. The south hemisphere street art scene was active once again in Dunedin […]

Streets: ROA (Jersey City)

As mentioned in our interview with ROA last month leading up to his solo (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, the prolific street artist also had plans to paint a mural in New Jersey while in the area. The Belgian artist made good on his word recently with this new piece on a building owned by Mana Contemporary located near the approach to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City. Continuing his portraiture of animals in various stages of anatomical dissection, he chose the skeleton of the […]

Openings: ROA – “Metazoa” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

After our interview & studio visit with the Belgium-based ROA ahead of his solo in New York, we attended the opening to see the results of his hard work over the last month crafting and painting a new body of work entitled Metazoa. The show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s  529 West 20th Street location featured the prolific street artist’s familiar animal imagery painted on found objects with clever interactive panels or different point of views that highlight different anatomic systems in each of his subjects. Take a look at the photos […]
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