Legends of Street Art II

Légendes du Street Art II
Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.




HIYA Gallery's Street Art Legends Series introduces you to Niels Shoe Meulman (1967), a visual artist, graffiti artist, graphic designer and art director based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Meulman started tagging as Shoe in 1979 and became a graffiti legend at the age of 18. In the 1980s, Shoe met New York artists like DONDI, Rammellzee, Haze and Quik in Amsterdam. Inspired by their style, he joined the Crime Time Kings graffiti crew with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they created and developed a distinctive style of graffiti in Europe.

Shoe revolutionized the art of tagging when it launched the Calligraffiti movement - an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. He started this movement in 2007 with a solo exhibition in Amsterdam under the same name. It was “a personal way of translating street work into gallery work”.



HIYA Gallery's Street Art Legends Series introduces you to Mode2 (1967) which was born in Mauritius and moved to the UK in 1976. It is part of the historic British graffiti movement whose work is best known for its lack of posture and antagonism, instead focusing on very different themes, like friendship, love, dancing, etc.

Mode 2 refined her painting technique, using translucent strokes to quickly define a form and give an impression of movement to her characters, often dancers, women and erotically entwined couples.

About her art, Mode2 says, “I kind of try to infuse it with a hint of hope and positivity, trying to inspire and empower those who are new to my work, or those who are new to my work. who have been following my path for years. ".


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