ROA (artist)

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ROA Mural in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Painted in 2011 in the Range of his Exhibition: "Transit", at the Skalitzers Gallery.
ROA's numbat in Fremantle
Snails, Lagos, Portugal
Artwork depicting birds in Katowice, Poland
Chameleon in Djerbahood, Tunisia

ROA (born c. 1976)[1] is a graffiti and street artist from Ghent, Belgium. Internationally, he has created works on the streets of cities across Europe, the United States, Australia, Asia, New Zealand and Africa.[2]

ROA generally paints wild or urban animals and birds that are native to the area being painted.[3] ROA usually uses a minimal color pallet, such as black, white, but also creates works using vibrant colours depicting the flesh or internal systems within the animals and birds.[2]

Notable works by continent[edit]


In 2014, ROA ()contributed with several mural paintings in the Djerbahood project on the Tunisian island Djerba.[4]


In 2011 ROA came to particular notice in the UK when Hackney council threatened to paint over one of his paintings, a 3.5 m high rabbit. The rabbit had been legally painted on the wall of The Premises Studios in Hackney Road, London.[1] A campaign was launched to keep the mural, by the building's owners and local residents, forcing the council to change its mind.[5]

In 2010, ROA participated in the Cologne CityLeaks Festival and painted a mural in Ehrenfeld at Senefelderstrasse 5[6]

In August 2012 ROA took part in the See No Evil street art festival in Bristol, England, creating a two-storey high fox on the side of a building.[7]

North America[edit]

Roa painted a mural in El Barrio, East Harlem, New York City for the MonumentArt Festival.[8] The mural is located in Lexington Gardens on 108th Street and Lexington Avenue.[9] Typical of Roa's work, the black and white composition features several animals. The work was commissioned to celebrate the neighborhood's culture, history, and imagination.[9]


In January 2014 ROA visited Dunedin in New Zealand and painted a tuatara mural on a building on Bath Street.[10]

While exhibiting works at Perth's Form Gallery, ROA was commissioned by the City of Fremantle to leave his mark on Fremantle, in about 12 hours ROA created a 25-metre (82 ft) mural of a Numbat which he chose because it is a local endangered species.[11]


  1. ^ a b Gabbatt, Adam (25 October 2010). "ROA's graffiti rabbit faces removal by Hackney council". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Roa @ Galerie Itinerrance". Graffiti Art Magazine. Paris. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ "ROA at North West Walls (BE)", CityKingZ, 3 July 2014.
  4. ^ Ben Cheikh, Mehdi (2015). Djerbahood : le musée de street art à ciel ouvert. Albin Michel.
  5. ^ Coleman, Jasmine (10 November 2010). "Council u-turn in row over ROA graffiti rabbit in Hackney Road". Hackney Gazette. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  6. ^ Groffman, Adam (17 March 2014). "Street Art by ROA in Cologne's Ehrenfeld Neighborhood". Travels of Adam.
  7. ^ "Bristol's street art bonanza: See No Evil 2012 – in pictures". 20 August 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  8. ^ Harrington, Jaime Rojo & Steven (2015-10-21). "'Monument Art' Murals Sing Of El Barrio in 2015". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  9. ^ a b "11 Internationally-Known Street Artists Are Painting In East Harlem & The Bronx". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  10. ^ "ROA New Mural - Dunedin, New Zealand", Street Art News, 24 January 2014.
  11. ^ Catanzaro, Joseph (31 October 2011). "Artist springs mural surprise on Freo". The West Australian. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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