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Dubai Walls

Sixteen of the world’s greatest street artists representing five continents converge on Dubai to kick off Dubai Walls.

Making their mark on the world’s most diverse city, these renowned artists represent the first wave as Dubai Walls aims to start a conversation about this exciting art movement with people visiting the region and to educate those who have yet to discover street art.

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the artists

Aiko

AIKO was born and raised in Tokyo before moving to New York City in the mid-90’s. Already creating art since a young age, her art career in NYC began when she started working for Takashi Murakami. She apprenticed in Murakami’s studio in Brooklyn and worked for him until the late 90's going on to a direct a digital biography on the artist ("Superflat" 1998). AIKO continued to practice her own art and after leaving Murakami’s studio graduated from The New School University where she finished her MFA Media Studies and later met up with two American artists, the three of them would come to establish the group now known as FAILE.

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Beau Stanton

A multi-disciplinary artist, Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images.

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Blek le Rat

The Pioneer of urban art in Europe, Blek le Rat was the first to use stencils for creating public art on the street, using icons instead of writing his name. He was first exposed to graffiti in 1971 in New York, but didn't start making his own until ten years later, in Paris. Inspired by a stencilled portrait of Mussolini, which he saw during a trip to Italy among WWII ruins, he created a silhouette of a rat running along the streets.

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D*Face

D*Face a.k.a Dean Stockton has been a leading figure in Urban Contemporary Art, inaugurating his career in the streets of London over 15 years ago. He is one of the best known figures to rise from the British scene with a unique and particular fusion of pop culture and graffiti meshed with a rebellious streak and an ingenious imagination. Using the term - aPOPcalyptic - to define his work, a blend of 'pop art’ spliced with fragility of life, Stockton’s work reflects popular culture, centring on the ideals of the American dream and notion of 'good' triumphing over 'evil'.

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Eelus

Wigan born Eelus entered the world of street art a few years after moving to London in 2000. He was almost instantly snatched up by master printmakers Pictures On Walls after street legends Banksy and Eine noticed his work on the grimy walls of East London. His first ever screen print edition in 2006 sold out almost instantly (temporarily knocking raining champion Banksy off the top spot for the fastest selling print award) and pretty soon he was finally in a position where he could leave his day job behind and attempt to live his lifelong dream of turning his art into a full time profession.

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Eine

Graffiti to me was never about New York skylines or people and characters. It was always exploring the form of a letter, the form of words, how letters can change when put next to other letters. Ben Eine is one of the UK's most prolific and original street artists. Over time his style evolved to become what is today one of the most instantly recognisable and distinct street signatures;

Just wrenching and moulding and stretching letters as far as you can. I stopped doing graffiti and started taking it in the opposite direction. - Ben Eine single letters and cryptic statements presented in bold colours all elaborately crafted from stylized fonts.

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Etam Cru

Polish graffiti artists Sainer and Bezt, collectively known as Etam Cru, paint large scale murals of surreal scenes heavily charged with Eastern European folklore, mysticism, fantasy and witty humor. Etam Cru’s artworks are scattered around Europe on countries such as Norway, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Russia, Portugal, Belgium and recently even in the U.S., in Richmond. Etam Cru was one of contributing street artists to the 2009 city beautification project undertaken by the Urban Forms Foundation in the Polish city of Lodz.

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Icy and Sot

ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are refuge stencil artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2006, the two brothers have contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their striking stencil work that depicting human rights, ecological justice, social and political issues.

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Magda Sayeg

Considered to be the mother of yarn bombing, Magda's over 10 year body of work includes the widely recognized knitted/crocheted covered bus in Mexico City as well as her first solo exhibit in Rome at La Museo des Esposizione . Her work has evolved to include large scale installations around the world including commissions and collaborations with companies such as Commes Des Garcon, CR Fashionbook, Absolut Vodka, Insight 51, Mini Cooper, Gap, Smart Car and several other notable companies.

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Nick Walker

Nick Walker is one of the world’s best known street artists. His street work can be seen on walls around the globe and he has had sell-out gallery shows in all territories. He emerged from the infamous and ground-breaking Bristol graffiti scene of the early 1980s. As a forerunner of the British graffiti phenomenon, Nick’s work has become a blueprint for hundreds of emerging artists.

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Roa

ROA was born in Ghent, Belgium, which is where he began his career painting abadoned warehouses and factories and became fixated on the creatures he found living in the wreckage. His distinct potrayal of animals on a massive scale has made him one of the most recognizable street artists.

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Ron English

Ron English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, to create a hilarious visual language that turns advertising into "subvertizing" and parody into illumination.

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Rone

Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Rone’s work. As a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces, he understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting. Seeing his artworks gradually worn away by natural and human elements has taught him to appreciate the unexpected beauty of an image as it begins to blend back into its more prosaic surroundings.

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Slinkachu

Slinkachu (b. 1979, Devon, UK) has been “abandoning” his miniature people on the streets of cities around the world since 2006. His work embodies elements of street art, sculpture, installation art and photography and has been exhibited in galleries and museums globally. His work is a familiar and much-beloved fixture online too and he is widely credited with re-kindling the popular fascination with miniature art. His images have been collected in three best-selling art books; Little People in the City (Boxtree, 2009), Big Bad City (Lebowski, 2010) and Global Model Village (Boxtree, 2012) that have collectively sold over 300,000 copies worldwide.

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The London Police

The London Police started in 1998 when big english geezers headed to Amsterdam to help rejuvenate the visually disappointing streets of Hollands capital.They were part of a small group of artists at the end of the last century that helped pioneer a new street art movement

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Vhils

His ground breaking carving technique – which forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface series and was first presented to the public at the VSP group show in Lisbon in 2007 and at the Cans Festival in London in 2008 –, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade.

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the walls

Aiko
Beau Stanton
Blek le Rat
D*Face
Eelus
Eine
Etam Cru
Icy and Sot
Magda Sayeg
Nick Walker
The London Police
Ron English
Rone
Roa
Slinkachu
Vhils

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