ROA recently dropped back into Melbourne for a six week residency as he prepares for his upcoming solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery.
Before getting started, he painted this Honey Possum on the side of STREAT, a neat social enterprise based in a 150 year old building that was previously a bordello.
Renowned for his monumental black and white paintings of wildlife, ROA is a pseudonym of a Belgian street artist that has been leaving both accidental and intentional viewers in awe for years now. His hand painted, large scale and unique portrayals of rabbits, birds, rats, fish and other animals disquietly cohabit city streets, whilst his more disturbing images of skeletal or dead creatures directly reflect ROA’s pessimistic opinions of society.
Although this street artist’s work is definitely a contender when discussing the most famous and recorded urban pieces in recent history, not much is known about this mysterious painter from Ghent who uses this anonymity to make sure both his artwork and spirit remain uncompromised.