Street art (AKA urban art, guerrilla art, post-graffiti, neo-graffiti) is a visual art form that is created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues such as studios or galleries. It gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s, with leading street artists from the mid-1970s such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the US. Modern examples of street art include stencil graffiti, wheatpaste poster art, sticker art, street installation or sculpture.
By using urban areas as their canvas, street art is often motivated by the preference of the artist to communicate directly with the public, free from the ‘rules’ and conventions of the formal art world. Street artists like Banksy and Dolk sometimes present socially relevant content that is infused with aesthetic value, either to attract attention to a cause or as a form of “art provocation”. Trajtenberg (2014) mentions that with various types of knowledge, artists create their work with the awareness of aesthetic and possibly political purposes in their actions.