ROA’s work has been turning heads internationally for bringing birds, rodents and other animals back into consciousness in the areas they once inhabited. Usually painted on an impressively large scale—covering walls in cities including London, Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin, New York, Moscow, Los Angeles and Mexico City—these animals are anachronic to the urban streets and abandoned factories that they reside in. For the artist, they tell so much more about the world than any other imaginary being could.
The artist was first introduced to spray paint via Subway Art and hip hop, and his evolution from graffiti to using spray cans to draw on walls is also remarkable. ROA’s dominion over sketching with lines on a grand scale, and his ability to create realistic feathered or furry figures on all kinds of surfaces using only black and white paint, make his work standout.