Top muralists arriving at La Mer for Dubai Canvas art festival

The massive festival will transform the city into an open-air art museum


Dubai Canvas is back to transform our city into an outdoor museum and this year La Mer will become an open-air easel.

Four of the world’s best muralists will be flying in from all corners of the globe for the momentous occasion which will see the beachside become awash with colour for the first week of March. It'd be fair to say that Dubai is sort of in love with street art, following the sci-fi-inspired GIF-iti art project showcased in City Walk by artist INSA in December last year.

Artists Andreas von Chrzanowski, also known as Case, Joshua Santos Rivera, also known as Bikismo, Alex Senna and Etien will start working on their creations on February 26 with each distinguishable from their notable style.

Senna, a Brazilian street artist is colour-blind and regularly uses a single colour in his vivid creations which speak of love, romance and relationships.

Chrzanowski, from Germany, recently partnered with Brand Dubai, the creative branch of The Government of Dubai Media Office and the festival organisers, to paint a mural featuring the UAE’s founding fathers on the Hatta Dam.

Puerto Rican Rivera holds the title for painting the largest mural in the Caribbean, while French 3D muralist Etien is celebrated for his versatility with works ranging from street art to commercial art.

Aisha Bin Kalli, project manager of Dubai Canvas, told Gulf News, “Brand Dubai is keen to expand the range of art forms displayed at the festival as part of our aim to give the public opportunities to engage with a wider variety of contemporary art and further enhance Dubai’s growing profile as a hub for art and creativity.

“Apart from 3D artists, Brand Dubai has invited renowned global mural artists to display their work at this year’s Dubai Canvas. This also supports one of our key objectives to provide opportunities for young local artists from various contemporary art disciplines to meet with international artists.”

Mural selfie, anyone?

Free. Mar 1-7, Sun-Thu, 4pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, all day. La Mer, Jumeirah 1,

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