A 4 Story High Street Art Mural by Natalia Rak



Polish artist Natalia Rak is well known for her colorful and emotive paintings of women. The images you see here are of “Spellbound,” her psychedelically beautiful new piece, which she painted over a period of six days on the side of a 4 story building in the town of Turek, Poland.

Born in 1986, Rak has been quite passionate about painting for a decade. She holds a degree in fine arts, and also a diploma in spatial and poster design. Her works have been displayed in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and the US.

You can visit her website to see more of her art.

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The Church – New Street Art by Sten & Lex



Italian street artists Sten and Lex painted this huge mural of an anonymous woman inside an ancient church in the city of Mentana. The church, known as the Convent of Mentana, was built by in 1590 by Michele Peretti, the grandson of Pope Sisto V. The mural itself is painted on a new wall, and is not a part of the original building which was partly destroyed by an earthquake in the early part of the previous century.

The duo took about a month to create this piece, using a two layer stencil process. It’s quite amazing to see a portrait of a woman emerging out of the intersecting lines created by the painting process.

You can see more images, and also watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the painting, after the jump.


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Asia’s Tallest Mural by Hendrik Beikirch



German artist Hendrik Beikirch is the creator of this huge mural on the Haeundae I‘Park building in South Korea’s largest city, Busan. The 70 meter (230 ft.) mural, said to be the tallest in Asia, is a monochromatic hand painted rendering of a local fisherman, and is representative of the stark contrast between the haves and have-nots in South Korea.

Though Beikirch’s take on the fishing community may look overly sympathetic, he actually has a lot of admiration for these hardworking men and women.

The mural presents a local fisherman in his 60’s, staring into an intangible space with his face marked with wrinkles, still wearing long plastic gloves – a sign that there are still men and women like him at this age working for a living. This dying profession entails six to seven days of work in a week, under difficult circumstances, while just receiving a mini- mum amount of financial support, just enough to buy certain needs.

However, despite the story behind the portrait, the painting conveys a positive message seen in the emotion shown by the fisherman. In addition, underneath it, Beikirch added a statement in Korean letters which roughly translate to “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

Beikirch’s large monochromatic works, with their distinctive reduced color palettes, can be found all over Europe, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, among other countries. His ongoing series, “Faces of Hope and Struggle” is inspired by the people whom he encounters on his travels.

Link. (Thanks, Martin!)

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