Over the years, street art has evolved from acts of vandalism to works of beauty and complexity that rival museum masterpieces. If you’re familiar with South Florida, it will come as no surprise that most of these pieces once graced the walls of the Wynwood Art District that hosts artists from all over the world.
Graffiti from the 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival
These incredible pieces were created for the Sarasota Chalk Festival in 2011 for the first year the festival included graffiti. The hyperrealism of the French artist MTO seen here seems to be a growing trend in street art.
Wynwood Mural by Eduardo Kobra
This Brazilian artist is known for combining historic images with bright colors.
It's hard to deny the beauty of this portrait. It's a good example of the fact that graffiti doesn't have to use a lot of bright colors to grab your attention.
This stunning photo was taken in Wynwood in 2011. I love the blend of black and white and bright colors.
Gator Boat, Wynwood
This stunning mural by Saner & Sego was painted on the Outside the Walls area of Wynwood.
The unique style of this colorful mural reminds me of the cartoon Adventure Time.
Allegory of Florida by Stellos Faitakais
You can see the Byzantine influence in this gorgeous mural painted in Wynwood in 2009.
Wynwood Mural by Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey is the artist who started the Obey Giant campaign and designed the famous Hope posters for Barack Obama in 2008. This wheat-pasted mural was created in 2009.
Miami Heat Mural, Edgewater, Miami, 2011
This piece was created by local muralist Serge Toussaint.
The Count, Wynwood, Miami
He's not quite the way I remember him from Sesame Street.
Woman in Blue
This beautiful portrait by artists Retna and El Mac graced the Wynwood Walls in 2010.
This giant boombox from the Wynwood Art District in Miami is so bright and cheerful you can almost hear its upbeat tunes.
Nelson Mandela Mural, Wynwood, 2014
I believe this mural was intended as a memorial for Nelson Mandela, who died in December of 2013.
This eye-catching mural was created for Galerie Perrotin's exhibition Wall and Paper in 2011.
Omni: Artopia Art Center Mural
I love the message of this mural by Dario Posada. If fine art whispers secrets, does street art like this shout them?
2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival
It must be an odd feeling to take a photo of a giant pair of hands taking your photo. The beam that seems to be coming from the camera is actually light painting the photographer made in front of the mural.
Edgwater, Miami, 2013
This funky mural in Edgewater definitely grabs your attention.
West Palm Beach, 2011
This piece by Eduarto Mendieta really brightens up this building downtown.