ROA was made by his mum and dad in 1976. Since then he’s done stuff, including becoming a street artist. ROA’s giant graffiti murals feature animals that are indigenous to the area that he’s creating in. For example, in South Africa, he painted street art murals of zebras, giraffes and other African animals, for San Francisco he painted seals and for Fremantle in Australia he painted a rare local creature known as a numbat.
This Belgian street artist generally works in a monotone color palette of black, gray and white, but will occasionally head completely in the opposite direction and work with bright colors. Many of his graffiti paintings are created in greyscale but have areas of flesh and muscle highlighted in red tones. These pieces are designed to be unsettling, because the wounded animals that are displayed in ROA’s art works have been pushed out of their natural environment by humans who have settled in the area. ROA’s paintings serve as a reminder that the cities we live in exist only because we destroyed and conquered the natural kingdoms that once existed in those areas.
While many of ROA’s art works aim to be hard-hitting reminders of man’s destructive effect on the world, some of his enormous animal paintings can be quite heart warming. ROA’s beautiful birds, rascally rodents and endangered animals pose, larger than life, on walls across the world, silently reaffirming man’s love for nature and the wild, prepossessing beauty that she continues to offer to man, despite our callous disregard for her.
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