6 Muslim Streets Artists you need to know

by Mozzified Contributor Brett Murphy

1) eL Seed

‘The more you go to the East, the more you reach the West’ – #NYC #boweryandchristie #worldnomad

A photo posted by eL Seed (@elseed) on

The calligraffiti artist from Tunisia has spanned the globe creating free-flowing designs, some hundreds of feet tall, which combine elements of Arabic graffiti and contemporary street art in an intricate dialogue of “cultures, languages, and identities.” From Paris and New York to Jeddah and Melbourne, eL Seed creates weaving, looping, intertwining pieces—works of art that “talk to people,” he says on his website. “The wall is a pretext to open conversation with the public.”

2) A10ne

#a1one #truth #originality #kolahstudio #portrait #face #eye #art A photo posted by A1one (@a1oneakatanha) on

A pioneer in the underground Iranian graffiti scene, A1one (also known as Tanha in Iran) began illegally painting the walls of his hometown Tehran in 2003. He says he was the first to pick up spray paint, and is an adamant believer in street art as a form of urban communication and free speech, as opposed to any sort of commercial or market-driven enterprise.

3) Aya Tarek

Making of space helmet @this.is.muhammed #space #scifi #movie #comingsoon #artdirection

A photo posted by Aya Tarek (@queenofazarita2) on

You can’t get on her website without a password. But Aya Tarek has made a lasting imprint on the walls of Alexandria, Egypt. Since the 2011 Revolution, she has introduced what her Facebook page describes as “vibrant, comical work [that] transmits a sense of simplicity and controversy.”

4) Aerosol Arabic

The #dreamcube first installed in Malaysia at #wief #mocafest A photo posted by Mohammed Ali (@aerosolarabic) on

“These walls, they imprison us, even divide us,” Aerosol Arabic (or Muhammed Ali) muses of his urban canvases. “Why does it have to be this way?” Like other Muslim street artists, he characterizes his work as a fusion of street-art and Islamic script. Ali has been on display from galleries in Chicago to murals in Dubai, all with a consistent message. “Real beauty,” the former graphic designer says, “is not something that is inherently beautiful, rather something that transforms into beauty.”

5) Princess Hijab

If you’ve been on the subway in Paris, you’ve probably noticed the advertisements, daubs of black veils on half-naked fashion models. Princes Hijab, the anonymous female artists who “hijabizes” her subjects, has remained a mystery in the street art world—while still having an impact on commuters.

6) Mona Elboghdady

 

After getting a degree in pharmaceutical science and a stint in graphic design, Mona Elboghdady finally found her home in street art. “Art and creativity is the essence of my life,” she writes on her tumblr. “This is what motivates me to reach through different cultures, through people.” Much of her work, in fact, features portraitures of people, heavy in contrast and line, with a broad color pallet.


Born and raised in the Boston ‘burbs, Brett is currently a journalism master’s candidate at U.C. Berkeley in the class of 2016. He has written for various online and print publications in the Pittsburgh area while attending the University of Pittsburgh. Follow him on twitter @BrettMmurphy.