DUBAI: These Middle East-based graffiti artists are redefining the urban landscape in cities across the region.
The graffiti artist from Amman, Jordan, was part of a small group working across the city to “transform these great big walls of dull concrete into an expressive painting that is full of life,” he told AFP last year.
eL SeedView this post on Instagram
It’s a wrap! the project of @artolution that was held in a public school in Zarqa city was a big collab with @maxfrieder @joelartista @wesamshadid @joannaarida @paint_ash @itsbrams thanks to #gizjordan #qudra that brought us all together.the project took us 10 days to do along with painting and recycle workshop with 65 kids from the school it was so much fun working with you guys .
Tunisian street artist and calligrapher eL Seed is one of the best-known graffiti artists in the region. He has created murals across the Middle East, from Egypt to Lebanon and beyond.
Yazan HalwaniView this post on Instagram
In 2015, I painted this mural in Shoreditch, London. The wall is gone today. That was part of the agreement. As I was walking by this street today, I reflected on the quote that I used. It reads the words of John Locke : “It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error and another to put him in possession of truth” I chose this quote as I was making this piece weeks after the massacre in Sousse, Tunisia, and the shooting in Charleston the same month. As an artist coming to the UK, I thought the quote could open up a dialogue about the collective responsibility we have toward each other. When somethig wrong happens, we always put blame on someone else. But the responsibility lies with all of us. It is our responsibility to find a way to keep it from happening. #london #collectiveresponsibility #locke #fortheloveofpink
Lebanese graffiti artist Yazan Halwani, who started experimenting with the art form in 2007, is known for focusing on the shape, rather than the meaning, of the Arabic calligraphy he paints.
The Indian-Canadian artist was born and raised in Dubai and boasts work that is inspired by everything from Indian block printing to Arab henna styles and calligraphy.
Born in Russia, raised in Syria and currently based in Dubai, Dina Saadi has worked with brands like Apple, Instagram and Uber. Her bright color palette and recurring female symbols make her work immediately identifiable.
MyneandyoursView this post on Instagram
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” Frida Kahlo My latest mural at my house. This's a tribute to Frida and all the "strage" defiant ones out there
Artist Marwan Shakarchi’s most recognized symbol is a cloud with facial features. His work is vibrant, boldly defined and striking.