Street art has always been one of the most popular art forms around the world. Artists use it to make a public statement or protest against something. Street art has also reached many Muslim artist, who use it to express themselves through their artworks. Below are a few Muslim street artists that are making an artwork of murals.
1. Sarah Al Abdali
Sarah Al Abdali was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1989. The street artist is labeled as one of Saudi’s first graffiti artists. She studied graphic design for two years before continuing her studies at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. Sarah Al Abdali originates from the land of Hajez, which has a strong presence in all her works. But she also gets inspired by everyday life and struggles in Saudi Arabia.
2. Laila Ajjawi
This graffiti artist was born in a Palestinian refugee camp outside of Ibrid, Jordan. Laila Ajjawi focuses on the empowerment of the women with her art as well as pointing out issues in the Jordan society.
3. eL Seed
eL Seed is a French/ Tunesian street artist bron in Paris. His art pieces are influenced by many aspects, including the Arabic calligraphers Mahmoed Darwish and Nizar Qabbani. eL Seed has worked and displayed his art all over the world.
One of his probably most famous pieces ‘Perception’is located in Cairo, Egypt.
COMBO, or also known as COMBO Culture Kidnapper is also a street artist from France. This artist who started graffiti art in 2013 has made art pieces around completely different topics such as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
5. Aerosol Arabic
Mohammed Ali is the Bengali artist behind the stage name Aerosol Arabic. The artist was born in Birmingham, England in 1979. He sprayed his very first wall at the age of 14 and later studied Multimedia Design. His art incorporates faith, identity and social changes. In 2016 he was appointed a Member of the Order of British Empirefor his art and services to community cohesion.