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Beautiful Street Art and more from Etam Cru

Here’s a look at the incredible work of Etam Cru, aka Sainer and Bezt.  Two Polish street artists who create phenomenal murals throughout Europe.  Both artists graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, where they met and began to collaborate in 2010.  They express themselves through a combination of graphic design, murals, and oil and acrylic on canvas.  They mostly do huge murals together, giving them both room to do their own thing, with their self expressed, “Etam Style,” meeting somewhere in the middle.  They’ve done pieces on buildings up to ten stories high!   When they work on canvas, they work individually, this is where you will see the unique differences in their work.  The contrast between their murals and their canvas pieces is quite amazing, however, you can clearly still see that signature “Etam Style”.

Both artists are very secure in saying that their work is just them painting, there’s no special meaning behind their pieces, or the symbols they’re known to use…..To them, “they’re just symbols”.  They leave their work up to the interpretation of the viewer.  Individuals are allowed to feel what they feel, and come to their own conclusions on what a piece might mean to them.  It seems as long as they’re painting, they’re happy guys!  Extremely humble, very low key, just two dudes who feel lucky and blessed to be doing what they love.  Trying to interview or photograph these guys is another thing all together…they are very elusive.  They try to stick to the work, and not focus on the hype.   Sainer was asked about his inspirations, and he was quoted in a very rare interview explaining, “I want to say that I’m a painter, not a story teller.”   I love that they don’t feel as though the work needs a lot of talk, it speaks for itself.

The duo gained international recognition when they traveled to the U.S. for the very first time, to do a piece in Richmond.  The piece, called “Moonshine,” was ranked as the 3rd best piece of street art in the world in 2013. Please enjoy some of their work below, starting with their acclaimed piece “Moonshine.”   There’s also individual works from Sainer and Betz, however, it all adds up to the dynamic duo known as Etam Cru.

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For more information visit their facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/etam.grupa

Or their website:  http://www.etamcru.com/

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Hey there, I'm Susan. I'll start by admitting that my passion and commitment to this amazing publication runs very deep. I've been here since we put out our first issue together and plan to be here, doing whatever I can do to help make Beautiful Bizarre Magazine a continued success for as long as possible! I'm currently the Social Media Manager, however, as does most of the team, we all jump in and do whatever needs doing. :) This may include proofing the magazine prior to printing, providing input for artist selection, and always working closely with our Editor to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, among many other things. As Social Media Manager, I am responsible for making sure all of our social media platforms are running smoothly. Responding to questions, thanking people for their wonderful comments, getting rid of any negativity, which is unacceptable here at Beautiful Bizarre. We are ALL about the LOVE and the ART, that's it! I also spend a lot of time and passion trying to locate lot's of really cool and exciting stuff for our followers to enjoy! I live in Miami Florida, with my little family, I'm the mother of 2 very special humans, and 1 incredibly special dog. I'm a complete art freak! I live and breath it. It fills my soul, keeps me sane, and makes me smile all at once. Finding that piece, the one that makes your toes curl, your heart stop, and your jaw DROP, that's what I love so very much! I also dig music and fashion, it pretty much all goes together, art, fashion and music, that's me!

5 Comments

  • Alexandra Davidoff
    February 25, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Sainer and Bezt may say they’re not storytellers, but the passion, creativity, and uniqueness of their work tells a story no matter if they want to talk about it or not. Each mural has so much emotion and movement. And the objects and animals that their human characters interact with are not only visually pleasing, but to me they have a certain flow that’s similar to story driven illustrations. I love them all!

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    • Susan Santamauro
      February 25, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Very well said Alexandra!! I agree, there’s SO much emotion there, it DOES tell a story, that’s for sure!! I guess they’re just not comfortable verbalizing it perhaps, but like you said, it’s THERE whether they like it or not. :) It’s also true that there art is very similar to certain types of illustrations….which is not common when it comes to street art, wouldn’t you agree? Thanks for commenting by the way. You’re so sweet!

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  • Luis
    February 27, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Wow, simply amazing! I really like the work that Sainer and Bezt do. They are pretty famous in the streets of Europe for their phenomenal murals. Each mural has an especific message either it’s social, political, and or religious. I personally believe goverments around the world should support this type of art “Street art” because they are real social artists. Their work speaks for us. Good story guys. Keep up the good work!

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    • Susan
      February 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Luis. Thank you for your kind words.

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    • Danijela Krha
      March 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      We agree totally, I wish there was more of it here in Australia!!

      Reply

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