I am particularly impressed with the work of two artists, Alexandros Vasmoulakis and Alexandre Farto, whose talents serve as artistic beacons in major cities across the globe.
Greek artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis has created images up to 10 stories tall on buildings throughout Athens. His 'individuals,' as Vasmoulakis refers to his whimsical caricatures, are interwoven with emotion and political commentary.
Often, the 30-year-old artist creates his visions on blighted buildings where he considers derelict facades and crumbling sidewalks a perfect canvas for his imagery. Since it's not necessary in Athens to get permission to paint in the public domain, Vasmoulakis has taken his street art to new heights, much to the delight of the communities he embellishes with his talents.
While the Moscow work of Alexandre Farto (above) is vastly different from Vasmoulakis, it is strikingly similar in its impact. Enormous, penetrating eyes peer down from multi-story buildings and speak intimately to each passerby.
Farto, a 20-something Portuguese graffiti/street artist also known as Vhils, came into prominence at the 2008 Cans Festival in London when his photo was on the front page of The Times, Britian's daily national newspaper. He has created hauntingly beautiful images over walls and doorways across Portugal, England, Russia, Italy and the United States. The ghostly image above is one of my favorites.