This Street Artist Paints A Mind-Bending Illusion Of A Sphynx Cat On An Old Gas Tank

This Street Artist Paints A Mind-Bending Illusion Of A Sphynx Cat On An Old Gas Tank

As mentioned in an article before, art dates back to prehistoric ages. Throughout the world, you can see different types of art pieces. These types vary from architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, religious, graffiti, mosaics, paintings, photography, sculptures, and much more.

One of the most fascinating types of arts is 3D Street Art.


3D Street Art

To make a 3D Street Art, the artist needs to draw or paint the art piece in a very specific way which will make an optical illusion tricking the mind to see a 2-dimensional artwork in three dimensions. Street artists create the illusion of height or depth only from one perspective.

When viewing the art from the wrong angle, the art will look very slanted or skewed. Some 3D art can only be seen from a phone or a camera.

The main reason why 3D art became so popular aside from it being visually remarkable is that the art is very interactive.

History of 3D Street Art

These types of ‘forced perspective’ paintings or art pieces can date to Ancient Greece. Zeuxis is one of the first 3D artists ever recorded. Born around 464 BC, Zeuxis is mentioned in a tale of two rival painters. These painters were tricking each other using optical illusion in their paintings.

Anamorphic art is the perspective technique that gives a one-sided image of a subject shown in a picture or painting when seen from one viewpoint or angle. In the renaissance period, this type of art started to gain popularity.

Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) and Melozzo da Forlì were Italian painters who painted illusions onto ceilings. These paintings were usually in fresco. The Italian painters used techniques like foreshortening which created the impression of greater space for people viewing their art under the ceiling.

Modern 3D Street Art

Modern street art paintings are traced back to Great Britain with pavement chalk artists all across the kingdom. More than 500 artists worked as pavement artists in London by 1890. These pavement artists or street artists were usually called ‘screevers’ in the UK.

Recently, Kurt Wenner, an ex-NASA engineer, introduced the 3D pavement art in the 1980s. Using his knowledge of math and fine arts, he created splendid artwork with 3D illusion. This type of art was printed on vinyl or canvas and placed on the street.

Some 3D painters or artists use different types of aids to help them with their projects. Using a Grid to stretch the image of the objects or using projectors that are pointed from a higher viewpoint will help them achieve some of these masterpieces.

Braga Last1


One of the modern most incredible 3D artists is Tom Bragado Blanco, also known as Braga Last1 as his artist name. This talented street artist is 33 years old and comes from Marseille, France.

He began drawing as a child and throughout his years, he taught himself how to paint. His biggest passion was street art and he started a career customizing sneakers, t-shirts, and caps.

Recently, the artist was able to create an incredible 3D artwork on an old gas tank. He was able to merge a Sphynx cat and the background of the field that it’s placed on. The artwork is blended perfectly, especially when seen from the right angle.

The Sphynx cat is a very famous cat breed that is native to Canada. Many people distinct these cats from others with having no fur. However, these cats do have fur, however, it’s extra short and cannot be seen which gives them the illusion of being hairless.

The cats can live from 8-14 years and they are some of the most expensive cats to purchase. Prices range from $1,500 to $3,000 for a normal pedigree whereas ones that are purchased from quality breeders can range from $3,500 to $6,000. Some prices can go up to $10,000 for highly rare Sphynx cats.

After Braga Last1 finished his masterpiece, the gas tank completely disappears and in its place was the masterpiece of the 3D painting. The reason for choosing a Sphynx cat was that his girlfriend had one. It took Braga two and a half days to finish the giant cat. As for the techniques, he used anamorphism to give the painting its three dimensions.

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