Taiwanese street artist, Ano started out as a skateboarder in the late 90s. Pursuing an interest that wasn’t locally popular, Ano started looking at videos of skateboarders in the West to keep up with the sport. The graffiti in the skateparks on the videos impressed him enough that he got himself a spray can. At that time, he was the second ever graffiti artist in Taiwan. He went on to study graphic art at the Fu Shing College, and his style evolved to draw from both graphics and graffiti.
Ano’s success in his home country, where graffiti is not popular with the law, is mainly due to his playful, punk style, that derives from old arcade games and pop culture references. His signature nostalgia-inducing 8-bit style is used to create everything from Pokémon characters to The Avengers. He uses both English and Mandarin in his work, and often collaborates with other street artists to promote a healthy graffiti culture in Taiwan.
We love his pixel-explosion that covers the facade of a public toilet in Delhi’s Shahpur Jat district for St+Art Delhi 2014, and his collabs with german artist Bond across the capital.
All images courtesy St+Art Delhi and the artist.