This time, we compiled a list of the world’s top 5 most talented sidewalk art geniuses showcasing some of their best 3D drawings. Those guys are Edgar Mueller, Julian Beever, Kurt Wenner, Manfred Stader, and Eduardo Rolero.
These talented street art pioneers have crafted amazing chalk drawing abilities to trick the eyes of passersby into seeing 3-dimensional sceneries and objects on completely flat asphalt. Their works are created using a projection called anamorphosis and create the illusion of 3D art when viewed from the correct angle, taking sidewalk art to another dimension.
3D street art of this style can be produced by taking a photograph of an object or set at a sharp angle, then putting a grid over the photo, another, an elongated grid on the footpath based on a specific perspective, and reproducing exactly the contents of one into the other, one square at a time.
Scroll down to read about these sidewalk chalk art masters below and see their amazing 3D street art in action.
Edgar Müller was born in Mülheim/Ruhr on 10 July 1968 and grew up in the rural city of Straelen on the western edge of Germany. His fascination with painting began in his childhood, with paintings of rural scenes of Straelen. Around the age of 25, Müller decided to devote himself completely to street painting. He traveled all over Europe, making a living with his transitory art.
Eduardo R. Relero is an Argentinian artist currently living in Rosario, Spain where he creates anamorphic drawings with themes of social criticism and satire.
El Gran Guru
Un Mundo Por Delante
Julian Beever is an English, Belgium-based chalk artist who has been creating trompe-l’œil chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. He is also probably the most famous on the Internet of all five 3D street artists featured in this article.
Slight Accident On A Building
White River Rafting
Manfred Stader began street painting, pavement art during his art studies at the famous Städel Artschool in Frankfurt, at the beginning of the 1980s and in 1985 he already became one of the few master street painters.
Kurt Wenner was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and boasts to be the inventor of three-dimensional pastel drawings. He produced his first commissioned mural at the age of sixteen, and by seventeen was earning his living as a graphic artist. He attended both Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design. According to his website, 3D Pavement Artists, 3D Sidewalk Artists, and 3D Chalk artists can all trace the roots of their work back to the street art of Rome in 1982, where Kurt Wenner transformed the complex geometry of Classical Italian Architecture into a new form of Popular Art. Whether they are called Street Paintings, Chalk Paintings, Sidewalk Paintings or pavement art, if they have a three-dimensional illusion they can be traced back to Kurt Wenner pastel drawings.
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