DALeast

Street Art

These huge paintings are the work of a secretive graffiti artist who travels the world tagging walls, often painting his quirky pieces in a hurry to avoid arrest.

Chinese-born DALeast lives in South Africa but spends six months of the year travelling and has tagged walls on nearly every continent.
His unusual paintings, which are sometimes hundreds of feet across, can look 3D and as if they are created out of thousands of tiny metal shards, but in fact they have been spray-painted onto a flat surface.

The 29-year-old, who keeps his real name a secret, has been making art since he was three.
He said: ‘I worked on everything when I was in China – painting, sculpture, installations, synchronising performance, and digital art, but I only started painting in public spaces in 2004.’

He said: ‘Life always give one troubles but my work gives me a lot of opportunity to face these troubles. Any situation can arise when you work in the public space.
‘But I hope I am creating illusions through my paintings that can be a switch for people’s minds.’
He added: ‘I like to express life-emotions and the environment, and use different artistic forms to speak. I prefer people staring at my work without saying any words – it means they are taking it in.’

DALeast’s works can be seen in Cape Town, Miami, New York and London’s Brick Lane, as well as his native China.