CrackFamily in Amsterdam
Smug is originally from Scotland and is today one of the most realistic and exciting street artists world wide. During his 15 years career in graffiti, he moved from letters to murals. From colours, to gentleness of strokes, Smug manages to deliver the emotion as well as humour thus bringing our walls to life and making an abandoned place a place to be.
Hugo Mulder is a pioneer in Amsterdam street art. Hailing from the graffiti era he now is a renounced art-director / designer working for major clients such as Nike, Coca Cola, Heineken and many more. He’s also a well-respected artist who creates work which are often a combination of letters and fine lines / illustrations.
(from Amsterdam street art.co) His canvas paintings are often a combination of typography, abstract painting and perfect lines. This combination comes from his creative background in graffiti, graphic design and streetart. Hugo’s work has often been published nationally as well as internationally in books, magazines and online. His work has been exhibited in several group- and soloshows in a.o. London, Baltimore, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag. In 2006 he had his first museum show in the group exhibition “Dutch Masters” in Gemeente Museum Den Haag, which he also co-curated.
Interesni Kazki is a gifted artist duo consisting out of AEC and WAONE, hailing from Kiev, Ukraine. Their name translates into ‘interesting fairytales’ which pretty much describes their elaborate and impressive artworks. The duo has an amazing eye for composition and the intriguing ability to create worlds within worlds – part Chagall, part Monty Python. The results are endlessly fascinating picture puzzles, either on canvas or as vast murals all over Europe, keeping you enthralled, guessing and amazed.
Ortica Noodles is the pseudonym for two Italian artists: Wally and Alita, a very active and tight-knit duo. Both in love with the techniques of stencils, they began to create drawings and handmade posters and quickly made themselves known in the world of street art.
Their first actions in the street were stencils, stickers and paste-ups. In their laboratory, situated in the Ortica district in Milan, the Orticanoodles logo started to take shape. With the subversive power of fellow artist Zibe, Orticanoodles began a blazing street campaign with the TSO crew. This soon evolved into a real Urban guerrilla art campaign.
The streets are the largest open air museum in the world and everyone has free access to it. Because artworks in the streets are judged by their aesthetic impact and communicative power, the creations of Orticanoodles are based on a code: “Pop”. This basically focusses on the use of stencil techniques as a new form of Graffiti Art.
Stink is a mixed media artist who’s quickly on his way to become world famous. He’s well known for his striking portraits with vibrant decorations and the fact that he often connects and collaborates all across the globe. As one of the founders of the APC crew he has accomplished to bring together 30 different artists from some 12 countries and different backgrounds. Announced as one of the 50 greatest street artists of this time by RJ ‘vandalog’ rushmore in Complexmag, it’s obvious that Stinkfish already made his impact on the world.
Alice is an illustrator, designer and painter from Rome, Italy. She’s done different design job for major companies, illustrations for booklets and more than often works in the urban environment. Her work has a social character and explores the different aspects of human interactions and other social aspects. She focusses on femininity and the varied facets of that theme. On the streets she mostly works with acrylic and spray-paint, making for gorgeous, impactful illustrations.
Roy Valk, also known as Karski, started his Graffiti career in the late eighties and grew out to be one of the best graffiti artists in the Netherlands.
With his company mooiemuur.nl he has been responsible for beautifying countless of walls, buildings, interiors and other objects like the car of Dutch celebrity Katja Schuurman. Roy is known for his use of intense colors which he applies to his traditional graffiti pieces to photorealistic portraits, giving them a surrealistic touch.
In 2009 and 2010 he was invited to Harare, Zimbabwe to paint two large scale murals and give graffiti workshop to kids from a local orphanage.