by Ariadna Zierold
Parisian graffiti artist Astro contorts flat architectural facades into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. The self-taught artist brings a different perspective to his public murals that turn flat surfaces into portals that appear to take us into another dimension.
His painted patterns combine smooth, swirling curves with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own; and, as if to suck his viewers farther into each piece, he adds the appearance of dark, receding chasms, tunneling deep into the walls.
Astro’s newest work is a massive and arresting mural on a residential building in Loures, Portugal, just south of Lisbon. Created on behalf of urban art project Loures Art Publica, the mind-bending masterpiece uses electric blue tones to create the semblance of shadows, and incorporates the artist’s trademark technique of warped perspective.