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Words by Mia Kingsley

For this week's Street Art Update we are interested in Roa, a worldwide street artist. I'm pretty sure you must have seen one of his animals climbing the walls of London before, large black and white creatures sitting by a bus stop or hanging out in packs by car parks. I have always really liked his work and regularly pass a rabbit of his on Hackney Road. But when I came across some particular pieces I hadn't seen before I was really impressed.

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Roa has created some really cool street art by using layers and tricks in his work, enabling us to see some of the biology inside the bodies of his animals. I really like the bird piece above as over time Roa has painted four layers giving us a view of veins, intestines, the skeleton and the bird as we would see it.

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This is in Berlin, again using layers to present the various parts of the bird's insides. I particularly like the presentation of this one, using the four walls creates a physical layering to the art which works really well with the concept.

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Here the detail is small but just as effective, a part of the spine is revealed slightly almost suggesting decomposing of the flesh.

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I think Roa's street art is great and I especially like that they have an almost sinister and dark feel to them but also because they put a bit of wild life back into the city. Thanks Roa!