When we talk about art, most of us have in mind painters, famous photographers and sculptors, famous art galleries, magazines recognized in the field and exhibitions to which most artists just dream and in which many of us may not ever visit them.

It often happens to forget that art sometimes grows right in our midst. Perhaps not in its most marketable form, or to attract critics assessments and first page articles in Art Review. But always in its most sincere form and many times, so well framed in everyday life, it passes with unnoticed ease.

The beginnings of street art are lost in the mist of time, among the kneelings of the Second World War, in the form of a simple drawing accompanied by the text “Kilroy was here “. The motivations that underwent the birth of street art and activism, fighting a system that censor freedom of expression, saboting the idea of private property, are no longer as exciting today. The urban art, also known as the Art of Guerrilla, post-Grafitti or Neo-Grafitti, retains its authenticity and a direct link to the community’s pulse in the breast that is born.

Penang, Malaysia: Street art in Lebuh Armenian. © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Beyond the artists that the street has made famous like Banksy, Vhils, Roa, C215, Mentalgassi, Hyuro, Titi Freak, Jaz, OS Gemeos, Reka or Moneyless, the street is full of talents, whose works come out anonymously, on networks like Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, popularized naturally and enthusiastically impressed by the passer. We rejoice in the passing of their beauty, without succeeding most of the time, to find out or understand the story that hides behind the opera.

Tejn reaching for freedom” by Ou812 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Although the most popular form we know is Graphitti, made using aerosol sprays, the techniques used by street artists are as varied as they are surprising: art created from LEDs, mosaic, mural paintings, drawings created with The help of saloons or through stickers, sculptures made using as the basis of the already existing street furniture, paintings created using wheat paste, drawings made on PVC and attached on poles. And the imagination continues seemingly without limits, both in terms of the techniques used, and on the subjects addressed. From people surprised in different aspects and different eras, in animals and objects, most often presented oversized, street art continues to bloom in the light of freedom offered by anonymity and direct contact with the pulse of the street.

Street art, rue de l’Ourcq, Paris N3. couscouschocolat