Peering from secluded alleyways, or creeping across crumbing walls, ROA’s monochromatic beasts can be found hiding across the cities of the world, from London to New York and Warsaw to Paris. Having started his artistic pursuit in the abandoned warehouses of his hometown in Ghent, ROA’s reputation as a master muralist has grown exponentially, and though lesser in size, his gallery works are no less impressive to behold.
Often unsentimental in their appearance, the beasts that ROA captures in paint exist in stark contrast to their urban surroundings. Their black and white appearance gives them a ghostlike presence, and the artist often exposes bones and organs that further this deathly quality - certainly these are no petting zoo creatures. ROA’s intention is to query our urban relationship with nature and the manner in which we force it to adapt for survival. ROA often chooses remote and derelict locations to mirror our own unsympathetic treatment of the natural world and the creatures which inhabit it. Forced into dark corners, these animals seem to cling onto life, tooth and claw amidst the ever expanding cityscape, Like the ancient cave paintings of prehistoric origin, ROA’s images beautifully illustrate the precarious connection between man and beast.
Now returning to StolenSpace for his second takeover of the space, ROA brings with him a fresh cohort of critters to astonish and amaze. This will not be one to miss.