Hansel & Gretel, or at least the Brothers Grimm, always had it right–leaving your trail behind has its perks, and they go well beyond keeping yourself safe from cannibalistic witches and their brewing cauldrons. It would appear an astonishing number of international street artists received the memo because the mural trails they’ve been leaving behind in India are well worth a probe.
From Kochi to Varanasi, their indelible artworks are standing the test of time even amidst the colourful chaos without any help from the outside. But the colours you create when you infuse them together in a single palette are far more intriguing than the ones that exist on their own.
Homegrown curates 10 incredible Graffiti artist murals across the Indian landscape.
1. Mattia Lullini – Extension Khirkee Festival: New Delhi, India
Born in Bologna in the June 1985 Mattia Lullini now lives in Copenhagen together with a red haired girl. Drawing, painting, silkscreening and murals are the mediums he uses to create his universe of multiform and psychedelic animals. He loves the art of tribes, of the origins, of men and women from India, Oceania and Americas and in general the decorations. What he draws is the un-human magic and the animals dreaming.
2. Interesni Kazki – Kerela
Globetrotting Ukranian duo, Interesni Kazki, who just had a solo showing in Los Angeles (covered), have apparently made their way over to India for some fun. The two street muralists have started creating some pieces by applying their surrealistic touch to some walls there while adding in some local flavour.
3. C215- Delhi
In 2008 French artist C215 put a series of stencils up in Delhi. The Random Specific bloghas revisited the work and has a great series of images of the stencils with two years of wear … and they look really good. C215′s style works really well with the added coloration and texture of the years.
4. Baba: Varanasi
As most of the backpackers and travellers visit varanasi, artists tend to leave their mark on the walls of the holy city.
5. Aakash Nihalani: Inside out ( Delhi )
Using fluorescent tape and simple geometric shapes, artist Aakash Nihalani creates complex 3D art installations on the street across the globe. He is based in New York but is of an Indian Origin.
6. Hugh Leeman – Varanasi
A self-taught artist from San Francisco, Leeman’s works span the globe. Varanasi seems to be something of a favourite amidst nomadic grafitti artists though because we were astounded by the volume of incredible murals we discovered on the city’s skin. Leeman enjoys poster-styled grafitti in particular as is apparent in this image.
7. Hendrik Beikirch: Bangalore
Hendrik Beikirch is a German painter, well known by his alias ECB, under which he executes large scale paintings on public walls as well as on canvases.
8. Multiple Murals Painted by Wa One of Interesni Kazki In India