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Amusingly Mischievous Murals Cleverly Interact with the Streets

Italian street artist Caiffa Cosimo, also known as Cheone, creates eye-catching street art featuring optical illusions. The larger-than-life paintings cleverly interact with their surrounding environment in an amusing and mischievous way. Cheone's characters are seen dumping out a can of paint, doodling on the street, and rolling crosswalk lines onto the pavement. In one scene, the subject really comes alive and grabs the shirt of a passerby.

The muralist uses both realistic and cartoonish approaches to produce these convincing works. Some are stylized with thick outlines while many of the pieces are heavily shaded and visually pop from the wall. It looks as though he's even inserted himself on the streets of Milan. One painting, featuring the doodling man, has “Cheone” signed around the edges and on the bright green pen. We can't help but think it's a self portrait!

Cheone website
via [Laughing Squid]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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