Stern in Plovdiv

There are numerous paintings by Bulgarian street artist Dimitar Mekhandziiski (aka Stern) in Plovdiv Bulgaria.   Here are some of the ones that I saw in April 2017. a woman is taking a photo of a large mural by Dimitar Mehandjiiski a k a stern in Plovdiv, external wall, puppets people

below: A dragon hand puppet on the end of a blue arm and another man in a red hoodie, looking down on the stage as a man walks past.

a man with a blue face and blue arm holds a dragon hand puppet while another man in a red hoodie holds a fox puppet

below: The making of a wooden puppet?

an older man with reading glasses and balding hair holds a wood puppet with a round head and a stick-like neck

below: The crocodile (alligator?) has a blue glass heart between its jaws.  Be careful!  Is that a grenade inside the crystal?

looking at the corner of a building, with murals on two sides. One side is of a man riding a purple and pink alligator or crocdile. The other side is not seen as easily and are more creatures

below: Empty chairs and a table in front of a mural… a pink creature beside another ugly creature with green skin, beady eyes, and a very long tongue.   Inside the window next door is the face of a strangely beautiful character with long hair, pink eyes, and blue skin.  In its hand (with watch on its wrist) is a flaming torch.

murals by stern on the side of an old building in Plovdiv

below: Riding the dragon (crocodile?) and wearing a mask.

a person in a mask with an orange beak is sitting on what looks like an inflatable green dragon

below: In contrast to his other work, this frog and these mushrooms look much more realistic.

A light green frog sits on a dark green leaf, mushrooms on both sides of him, some of the mushrooms have beige and white striped caps and some have red tops with white dots

four Adnate faces on Wellington

On an apartment building that is 20 storeys high, there is a large mural painted by Adnate.   Apparently it is the tallest mural in the southern hemisphere.  Recently completed (Sept 2018), the mural consists of four faces of residents of the public housing building.

adnate faces, four, on a 20 storey high apartment building

below: The top of the mural features the face of a young Vietnamese girl

a young girl and an older woman's face in an adnate mural

below: First grader Arden

young boy's face in a mural by adnate

below:  The face of Badria Abdo, from Ethiopia, who arrived in Australia in 2006 via a Kenyan refugee camp where she spent seven years.

below:  On the bottom is a man recently arrived from West Papua (Indonesia).

a black man's face in an adnate mural

Barcelona doors

Street art seen on doors in Barcelona Spain, April 2018

 

below: Vegan bunnies.  One releases a caged bird and the other has scissors in her hair.

street art painting of two young women on a door, stylized, one with turquoise hair and the other with light purple hair. One with a red dress and holding a bird cage that a bird is flying out of. words at bottom say vegan bunnies. scrawled across the top are the words Lima love.

below: Cat and mouse by Cisco KSL who is also a tattoo artist.  The mouse has a couple of vices.  I wonder what the cat’s key will unlock?

motorcycle in front of two doors with murals. on the left is a cat and on the right is a greenish coloured mouse. both animals fill the door.

below: She lives at 202 Carrer de L’Escorial

a man and woman pushing a stroller walk past a garage door with a mural of a womans face on it.

below: Reaching out

a paste up of a boy in blue snow suit and blue and white hat, he is pointing outwards,

below: A bloody mess, a painting by Sarah Pitel – an American from Portland Oregon.

painting on a door of a person's head, with lots of black hair, top of body is just rib cage with lots of red paint that looks like blood splattered all over it

below: Cats?  Cats with very long necks.   (Ooops! Not a door).

three long necked cats painting on a door

below: It started with a street art piece by Arte Ignorante of a woman in blue tipping her hat with the girl in red beside her.

doors, wood, with two people on them, an adult and a girl

below: Handmade in Barcelona, the shoe maker at work, with a line of shoes above.

mural on a metal store window covering of a pair of hands working on making shoes

below: Black and white, two women looking at you.

door with graffiti on it.

below: BOB is on the right.

two doors with murals. on the left is goofy faced creature with orange spiky hair and on the right is the word BOB written vertically in large light teal letters.

below: Pandora’s box and bright finger nails.

La Caja de Pandora, Pandora's box, in white on black background, a hand is coming out of the box, with bright red nail polish, box is open,

cartoon like painting on a door, pink faced person with bright yellow sweater, a yellow fish

This post is also a “Thursday Doors” blog post.  This is a weekly occurrence and a number of bloggers participate.  If you are interested in doors in general and want to see more door themed blog posts, here is the link.

blue triangles

The north wall of the Angel City Brewery has a few large blue triangles painted on it.  Those triangles have become the background for a large number of paste-ups and stencils.

 

below: A young boy with an oxygen mask uses the stump of a very old tree that has been cut down as a table.

paste up graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery

 

below: The statue of liberty holds up a large blue LA glove, by sellout.  A black stencil “selfie this” gives the finger, by crisp.

paste up graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery

 

below: Pheobe from New York sits quietly reading about the quiet life.

paste up graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery - a seated phoebe from new york reading a book, she's wearing a large red hat

 

below: A wall of graffiti.

paste up graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery

paste up graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery

paste up graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery

black stencil graffiti on the wall of the Angel City Brewery - one person is helping up a person who is on the ground

Mission Linen Building, east wall, Las Vegas

The old Mission Linen building is at the corner of South 1st Street and Coolidge Avenue in Las Vegas.  The following photos were taken when I was in Las Vegas in October 2015.  The east wall of the building (facing South Casino Center Blvd) was a canvas for a number of street artists in a project curated by Dr. Lepper.  It was covered when I saw it and it was being added to as well.

exterior wall of a two storey building that has been covered with street art by a number of different artists

below: Artist John Pacheco was putting the finishing touches on a mural about Donald Trump and his wall.  It also features Gandhi, the Pope, and Mother Teresa.  Pacheco told me that he planned to paint the word ‘freiheit’, German for ‘freedom’, above the wall.  In hindsight, perhaps a word in Russian would have been more appropriate?

street artist John Pacheco stands in front of the ladder that he is using to paint a mural featuring Donald Trump, Ghandi, the Pope, Mother Theresa and a wall that is being built.

below: In the mural, Trump is saying “I want in.  I can win”.   As I write this, it’s the 18th of Jan 2017 and Trump’s inauguration as President of the USA is only 2 days away.

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two street art pictures, A yellowish orange parrot with green wings and on the left a black man with orange exploding head

street art painting on a metal roll up garage door of a man in profile, in black and blue

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murals and street art on the side of a building, the old Mission Linen building in Las Vegas.

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a brightly coloured fish white with spots of orange, red, and yellow, swims in a blue patch on the pavement

 

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white question mark on a concrete block painted yellow, with a mural covered on a wall in the background

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street art in Havana

Back in June 2015 I spent a week in Havana.   The street art that I saw there ranged from scribbles on walls to elaborate murals and pictures.  The following photographs cover almost all the street art that I saw.

mural on a wall of a group of people, stylized slightly, obviously cuban

below: A young boy by 5 Stars

a painting by 5 stars of a young boy seated, in a sleeveless white top, black curly hair

street art, large eyes staring straight ahead

below: A variation on a slogan, “just do it”

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below: yellow faces, holding up a portrait

a small person with a yellow head holds up a large yellow square which in turn is a yellow head

below: Charlie Chaplin and the kid

black and white street art piece of Charlie Chaplin looking around the edge of a door - the door is real. A young boy is with Charlie Chaplin

below: A fish out of water, swimming down the street

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While I was in Havana, the Duodecima Bienal de La Habana was also on and some of what I saw on the streets, including the photo below, probably belonged to that.  The Bienal De La Habana is an art festival that occurs every three years (yes, three years even though bienal means every two years!).  The next festival will be in November 2018.

below: The little blue signs says “Gabinete del imaginario” which translates to Cabinet of the Imaginary.

a rough wooden cover covers a window, a wall used to be orange and blue but most of the paint has peeled off. On the wall a picture has been mounted. It is a beach scene, two people sitting on an orange beach with orange sky and blue water.

below: Oops I did it again, scribbles on the wall.

scribbled graffiti on a wall, a silly drawing of a boy with the words oops I did it again, some exclamation marks

below: Black and white portraits overlooking the street

a man and a woman talking on a street corner. Beside them is a wall with three black and white murals painted on it. A middle ages woman with a head band and hands on her hips, an older man's head in a white hat and looking upward and last, a man in a white uniform holding a box under his arm.

below: “…no quiero mas el queso” or, I don’t want more cheese.   It is signed as Cuba Ecuador 2015 as well as Ratador.  So far I haven’t been able to find any information on this artist.

two street art pieces, one is a large rat with a piece of cheese and the words No quiero mas el queso. On the right is a black and white image of a man's head with a number below him. N I 8908202623.

below: “A las almas”  To the souls, on one side of the door while a woman rides her bike on top of the world on the other side of the door.

an old green wood door on a building. on one side is a red poster with a black silhouette of the upper part of a man with one arm reaching to the clouds as well as the words a las almas, on the other side of the door is a painting in pinks and bieges of a winged woman on bike riding on top of the globe

below: An eye over number 156

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below: Waves of hair, waves of water

a street art picture of a young woman's head and face, she is looking slightly back over her shoulder. Blue abstract beside her

below: Calling Seth

the word Seth in a word bubble, with the top part of a man's head as he pokes his head around a wall.

face of a man drawn in black, with dabs of yellow, green, and red added to the picture

 

a wooden cart in poor shape is parked next to a mural of a woman lying on her side. It looks like she is lying on the sidewalk. She is topless.

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There are also a number of political pieces.  I suspect that some state are sponsored and some are not.

below: CDR #8 refers to Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (Spanish: Comités de Defensa de la Revolución) which is a network of neighbourhood committees across Cuba.  Their purpose depends on what side of the fence you are on.  They promote social welfare and report on counter-revolutionary activity or they are a secret police organization.  Take your pick.

mural cdr number, portraits of three men wearing green, Che Guevera, Castro and

below: This is the symbol of the Young Communist League in Cuba.  In Spanish it’s  Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas or UJC. Estudio, Trabajo, Fusil = Study, Work, Rifle.   The symbol shows the faces of Julio Antonio Mella, Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevera.  Mella was a founder of the Cuban Communist Party while Cienfuegos and Guevera were major figures in the Cuban Revolution.

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below: A UJC mural, “fieles a nuestra historia ” or Faithful to our History.
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below: Che Guevera on his own.

a black stencil of Che Guevera's head

many poster of Che Guevera

The next three pictures are of a mural on Callejon de Hamel (callejon is a lane)

colouful mural on a blue building in havana cuba

colouful mural on a blue building in havana cuba

below: A woman looks out the window above the mural.  The words on the beige part say “Puedo esperar mas que tu, porque soy el tiempo.” This translates to, “I can wait more than you because I am time. ”   On the red section the words are “Salvador 26 to 95”.

colouful mural on a blue building in havana cuba - a woman looks out from a window above the mural

below: And last, a picture that was definitely a part of the Bienal.  ‘Identidad ‘ by Julio Cesar Garcia  It is part of a series of photos called Resistencia.  The words that accompany it are given below along with a translation – not the best but with my beginner Spanish and the limitations of google translate, you get what you get!

a black and white photo of a man's head and shoulders, wearing a white hat, older man, large picture, on a wall outside

Identidad da inicio a una serie titulada Resistencia.  Apelando al uso del lenguaje y el concepto de arte callejero, la serie esta compuesta por retratos de gran formato ubicados, a largo plazo, en varias ciudades del pais.   La intention es intervenir muros, edificos, aceras y calles de la ciudad con gigantografias concebidas en forma de mosaico sobre cartulina cromada.  Las obras, en relaction directa con todo tipo de publico desede el proceso mismo de su instalacion, tendran un caracter efimero.  Resistencia sera una consigna, una actitud, un modo de vida y de hacer el arte.

 

Identidad is the first in a series titled Resistencia.  Appealing to the use of language and the concept of street art, the series is composed of large format portraits located, in the long term, in several cities of the country.   The intention is to intervene on walls, buildings, sidewalks and streets of the city with large photos made in the form of mosaics on chrome paperboard. The works [In direct relation with all types of public from the process itself of its installation]  will have an ephemeral character.  Resistance will be a slogan, an attitude, a way of life and making art.

some more Fitzroy murals

Some murals found in Fitzroy

large mural of a man standing waist deep in water holding onto a folded paper boat in both hands. A seagull is flying past. The man is fully clothed.

below: By Plea and Dem 189, a mural

large mural by Plea and DEM 189, of an older man on a unicycle with many things on his back including a monkey and a parrot in a cage

below: A mural dedicated to Adriano by Seth (Julien Mallard), Sirum, Dem 189, Plea, and Mike Maka on Rochester street.

mural on Rochester steet in Fitzroy, boy sitting on ground with his head looking up and into a circular rainbow. Above him is a scene with skulls

below: Mural of a woman by Cam Scale.

large two storey mural on a red brick building, by Cam Scale, of a woman's head and face, long black hair.

below: portrait of Raimond Graita, Australian philosopher and writer.

mural in black and white of Raimond Graita on a garage door.

below: Mural on the side of the Napier Hotel, rhinos by Putos.

Napier Hotel, with a mural on the side, two animal like creatures, one (on the left) is a rhino

rhinos mural by putos on the side of the Napier Hotel.

below: Living the dream

a mural of many geometric shapes on the side of a building, also with the words living the dream
below: Concentric blue patterns on the corner of George  and Moor.

a building on a corner of an intersection, white, with concentric circles of blue patterns.

below: The belle and the bull-headed ranger, sizzling true story, real to life marionettes.

mural with the words (red lettering on yellow), The belle and the bull-headed ranger, along with a picture of a bull

below: Leaving the brick untouched, blue wall mural by Deams

mural by deams in melbourne, negative space, wall has been painted blue except for patches where the original brick is left unpainted.

mural by deams in melbourne, negative space, wall has been painted blue except for patches where the original brick is left unpainted. close up

below: large tribute mural painted by DMA (Da Mad Art) crew: Kidparis, Peril and New2

large mural in Fitzroy by kidparis, Peril, and New2, who collectively are the DMA crew, with the words From Queens come Kings, by Da Mad Art, or DMA for short

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