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Renowned street artist Leon Keer to create masterpiece in hometown Utrecht

Last updated 19 hours ago by Michael Darmanin

Utrechters can finally admire the work of artist Leon Keer from 15 March. The world-famous street artist – who is also Utrechter himself – travels all over the world to paint walls and squares in his ‘anamorphic street art’ style. He has already created master works in countries including Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Australia. Until now, his work in Utrecht has never been on display for more than a few days. RAUM will change that on Sunday 15 March.

Live in action soon at Leidsche Rijn
Leon Keer was invited by city lab RAUM and Street Art Today to create a new painting of 150 sqaure meters at the Berlin square in Leidsche Rijn. The work will be on display for a year. On Sunday 15 March he will start on this enormous project during the free mini festival Buurtborrel x Street Art, organized by RAUM and Street Art Utrecht, among others. Visitors can then see him at work live. [gard align=”right”]

A 3D floor painting of 150 m2
Leon Keer (1980) is known worldwide for his skills in anamorphic street art. This technique creates the illusion that as a viewer you have a 3D instead of a 2D painting, depending on where you stand. In 2018, Keer won the Benelux Street Art Award for best artist, yet his work is unknown to many people in Utrecht, because it is nowhere to be seen in the city.

Check out Leon in action below doing one of his previous paintings:

What is RAUM?
RAUM organizes exhibitions and events and gives shape to future city life with residents and visitors. For his painting, Leon Keer is inspired by the upcoming exhibition and program ‘RAUM der Lusten’ curated by the Rotterdam architecture firm ZUS and to be experienced from May 2020. ZUS proposed a living painting of landscapes, artworks and architecture on the square of RAUM, to the famous painting of Jheronimus Bosch. Extensive programming of food in the city complements the extreme spaces in the exhibition and investigates from these spaces to lead to other encounters.

Where and when can I see Leon Keer live in action?
The Buurtborrel x Street Art is the event where Leon Keer will begin on his floor painting which takes place on Sunday 15 March from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The expectation is that his work will be finished a week later. The program will also include:

Interviews with Leon Keer & Peter Ernst Coolen
Leon Keer is known worldwide for his skills in anamorphic street art. Peter Ernst Coolen is a curator and founder of Street Art Today, an international platform for street art. This year Street Art opens Today is the largest street art museum in the world at the Amsterdam NDSM wharf. In this interview he talks to Leon Keer about his work for RAUM, other projects and about street art in general.

Hall Of Fame Tour with Didi Steen from Street Art Utrecht
The Gallery of Honor on Berlin Square is the Utrecht hotspot for graffiti and street art. Talent can legally spray here until the end of 2020. Didi Steen from Street Art Utrecht takes you along the wall and tells the story behind the Utrecht street art and graffiti talent.

Graffiti workshop by JanIsDeMan (hosted by Street Art Utrecht)
Utrecht street art artist JanIsDeMan, or Jan Heinsbroek, is responsible for the well-known 3D bookcase on Amsterdamsestraatweg. The bookcase went terribly viral, JanIsDeMan now also has buildings in England and France equipped with a bookcase. JanIsDeMan is also the person behind the famous street art marriage proposal at the Monicahof. In this workshop he teaches you how to design pieces, while he tells more about the street art world in Utrecht.

Children’s workshop by TMS81 (making tags and pieces)
Tomas Sabatello is a Utrecht artist who is known by the name TMS81. He started with graffiti on the street in Overvecht and started to become a visual artist. Today he takes children into his background in street art and teaches them all about the world of graffiti tags. Why do street artists have a tag? How did these arise? After this they go to work themselves with their own made-up name and tag!

Michael Darmanin
Michael Darmanin
Michael is founder and managing editor of Utrecht Central. He graduated in Communications and Media at the Hogeschool Utrecht in the summer of 2012. He specializes in Web Development, Content Management and Online Marketing. Interested in co-operation? We are open to all kinds of suggestions. Contact us!


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