Street art can be divided:
- graffiti (stencil, calligraffiti)
- tape art etc.
is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. In modern times, the term became better known with the Mexican muralism art movement (Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros and José Orozco). There are many different styles and techniques.
If we talk about the major definition of a mural from a graffiti, there is:
1) the use of the materials: acrylic paint is used mostly for murals; spray cans - for graffiti;
2) permission: mural art is always legal, graffiti can be both legal and illegal if its a protest, tagging, bombing;
3) the purpose: nowadays the murals are painted to picture a society, created from stories, values, dreams, the artist self-identification, when graffiti is mostly a protest art that calls to action;
4) the composition: in mural all the elements are harmoniously incorporated in the picture, when a graffiti can be a single piece with the background;
5) payment: the mural artists have a payment or promotion ( in case of the festivals, collaborations); the graffiti artists in a lot of cases make it for free.
The mural below is by Aaron Glasson
and Celeste Byers