The Most Notable Street Art in Johannesburg

Close up of Faith 47s Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem
Close up of Faith 47's "Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem" | © Adamina / Flickr

Johannesburg’s street art scene is on the rise as more and more artists, both local and international, are flocking to the city to color the streets. Here’s where to spot the best of the bunch.

Johannesburg’s inner city is filled with striking pieces commenting on the social and cultural zeitgeist and metropolitan areas, such as the Maboneng precinct, Jeppestown, and Newtown, are being transformed through the introduction of trendy cafés, restaurants, art galleries and, of course, street art.

Street art has long been a contentious topic in South Africa but recently artists, like ABOVE, travel from abroad to make their mark on the city’s walls, while local artists are gaining more and more recognition. Corporate companies are also injecting large sums of cash into the gentrification of Johannesburg’s inner city and supporting street artists by doing so.

1. Mural by Karabo Poppy Moletsane

Cinema

See it at the Eyethu Cinema, 649 Machaba Drive, Mofolo Central, Soweto.

Karabo Poppy Moletsane is an award winning illustrator, designer, and street artist |Taken as part of Nando’s Street Art Stories series

3. "Bird" by ROA

View it from The Main Change, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng.

ROA, from Ghent, Belgium, is known for his large black and white murals of animals and his work can be seen in cities all across the globe |© Marturin Le Goff / Flickr

4. "Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem" by Faith 47

See it at the Johannesburg CBD Bus Stop, Von Wielligh Street.

Faith 47, a world-renowned female artist from South Africa, has held solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Johannesburg |© Marturin Le Goff / Flickr

5. "Family Time" by Falko 1

Find the mural in Newtown.

Falko started out in the Cape Flats and has toured Sweden, Germany, France, and more |Courtesy of Past Experiences

6. "Incognito" by ABOVE and "Big Heart" by Falko 1

See it from Bjala Square, Jeppestown.

This is one of Berlin-based artist ABOVE’s largest murals |© Carina Claassens

7. "Remed's View" by Remed

See it at 306 Commissioner Street, Jeppestown.

Spanish street artist Remed painted this mural as part of the 2012 Adidas I ART JOBURG project |© Adamina / Flickr

8. "Betty Fox" by Falko

Find it on the Betty Fox warehouse, Betty Street, Maboneng.

Falko has worked on campaigns for brands such as Adidas and MTV, and was responsible for the backdrop for Nelson Mandela’s 79th birthday |© Adamina / Flickr

9. Jan van Riebeeck mural, a collaboration between America’s Gaia and Cape Town-based Freddy Sam

See it in front of The Cosmopolitan, 24 Albrecht Street, Maboneng.

Freddy’s (AKA Ricky) murals can be seen all over the world, from New York to Istanbul and Madagascar to Kathmandu |© Mathurin Le Goff / Flickr

10. Mural by Hannelie Coetzee

Find it at 269 Fox Street, Maboneng.

Hannelie Coetzee is a local artist whose work is often temporary |© Adamina / Flickr

11. Community Chalkboard

12. "Now and Then" by Acrylic Walls

Find it at 264 Fox Street, Maboneng.

This piece is a collaboration between KNOW HOPE (Tel Aviv), Gaia (New York), Franco JAZ Fasoli (Buenos Aires), and Freddy Sam (South Africa), known collectively as Acrylic Walls |© Adamina / Flickr

13. The Beginning of a Mural Stretching an Entire Street Block

See it in Berea Street, Maboneng.

This is the beginning of the above mural by Acrylic Walls |© Adamina / Flickr

14. "Jozy" by Kazy Usclef

Look out for it in the Maboneng Precinct.

The Maboneng Precinct has come alive with street art |© Adamina / Flickr

15. Tagged Mural at Curiosity Backpackers

Find it at 302 Fox Street, Maboneng.

Curiosity Backpackers is a great accommodation option to explore the area |© Adamina / Flickr

Street art in Maboneng

Maboneng is a cultural hub with street art covering walls and buildings around almost every corner of the neighborhood

The local public is becoming increasingly more interested in street art and numerous tours focus solely on the city’s public art. Gummie Tours have a street art bike ride through Maboneng and Past Experiences have a range of different inner city tours. This is the best way to find and see all the city has to offer—and there’s much of it.

Nando’s launched Street Art Stories: Jo’burg, a film that documents the rise of South African street art. The short film depicts how activism and events during apartheid struggles shaped the rise of Johannesburg’s street art movement.

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