A Taste of Art
Street art is visibly male dominated but that does not mean there is a lack of talented female street artists of diverse backgrounds producing breathtaking and purposeful art across the world. This list attempts to present a glimpse into this multi-faceted, hyper-layered, uncannily insightful world of street art.
The art style remained male dominated until Sandra Fabara began writing graffiti under the alias 'Lady Pink'. Women use graffiti and murals as a means of expressing their personal style. Some famous examples of female graffiti artists include Charmin 65, JDL street art, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Shamsia Hassani, Christina Angelina / Starfighter, Btoy, Miss Van, Ovni / Anna Taratiel, Evelyn Queiroz / Negahamburguer.

These female graffiti writers and street artists use murals, pieces, tags, and street art to display their artwork, express their ideas and make political statements. Even though some artists do not announce their feminine identity, feeling that being a woman shouldn't change the perception of their art.
Lady Pink

Lady Pink, (Sandra Fabara, born 1964), is an Ecuadorian-American graffiti and mural artist. She has focused her career on empowering women, using graffiti and murals as acts of rebellion and self-expression. As Lady Pink says, "It's not just a boys club. We have a sisterhood thing going." She was nicknamed the "first lady of graffiti" because she was one of the first women active in the early 1980s New York City subway graffiti subculture.

Fabara was born in Ambato, Ecuador and moved to the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York when she was seven years old. She grew up wanting to be an architect like her father. She started her graffiti writing career in 1979 following the loss of a boyfriend. Lady Pink studied at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan. She was introduced to graffiti and began writing at age fifteen. She is married to a graffiti artist, SMITH, with whom she often collaborates on murals and commercial work.

In 1980, she created the all-female graffiti crew Ladies of the Arts. Within a few years, Lady Pink began running with the graffiti crews TC5 and TPA, painting New York City Subway trains. In 1980, she was included in the landmark New York show "GAS: Graffiti Art Success" at Fashion Moda, which traveled in a modified form downtown to The New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladypinknyc/

Swoon (Caledonia Curry, born 1977) is a contemporary artist who works with printmaking, sculpture, and stop-motion animation to create immersive installations, community-based projects and public artworks. She is best known as one of the first women street artists to gain international recognition. She was part of a group of artists early 00's, including JR and Banksy. Her work centers the transformative capacity of art as a catalyst for healing within communities experiencing crisis.

Swoon has wheatpasted her intricate portraits on city streets around the world, including New York, Detroit, San Francisco, London, Bilbao, Hong Kong, Djerba, Cairo, Tokyo, and Jogjakarta. She has been included in public art interventions including Santa's Ghetto (2007), a clandestine installation on the West Bank barrier wall in Bethlehem, organized by Banksy; Hecho en Oaxaca (2013) and many others.

Her memorial portrait of Silvia Elena Morales (2008), who was murdered in Juarez, Mexico, addressed the ongoing femicides that have claimed the lives of thousands of women in Mexico and Central America since 1993. In a visit to Juarez, Curry met with mothers who had lost their daughters, and with activists who were working to increase public awareness and to push for justice. The piece was installed in 2012 at Benito Juarez Plaza, the place where Sylvia Elena is thought to have disappeared.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/swoonhq/

Fafi is a French street artist, recognized for her unique graffiti style depicting funny girl characters in a made up world.

Originally from Toulouse, Fafi was born in 1976. She attended private school until the age of 18, when she decided to wonder into the art world. Lack of parents' support didn't discourage her, and Fafi's work was first noticed on walls of her hometown in 1994.

Fafi deliberately cultivates an air of mystery - 'I never say my real name, I'm just Fafi'. By exploring femininity through stereotypes and using them to her advantage, Fafi not only knocked her male colleagues and competitors out their socks, she also locked toy manufacturing deals with Sony and Medicom, countless press stories and illustrations for Commons & Sense, Vogue, Elle or The Face, big market collaborations with Hennessy, Swatch, Samsung and Le SportSac.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealfafi/
Miss Van

Miss Van (born 1973 in Toulouse, France), also known as Vanessa Alice, is a graffiti and street artist. Miss Van started painting on the street of Toulouse alongside Mademoiselle Kat at the age of 18. Today, she is internationally known as a street and fine artist. Primarily, her work is marked by the use of unique characters, called poupées, or dolls.

In her artwork, Miss Van typically depicts sloe-eyed women, covering a varied array of female forms and expressing many different emotions. Common themes in her work include eroticism, sexuality, desire and innocence which are represented by animal masks, pastel colors, and revealing clothing. Miss Van's work illustrates a cartoonish, dream-like world of female sexuality. Over time the stylization of the women has changed, reflecting Miss Van's artistic and personal evolution as she has grown and matured.

Miss Van currently resides in Barcelona and has written and published several books and coordinated several art shows across Europe. She remains one of the most famous female street and graffiti artists in the world, recognized as one of the top figures in early 21st-century street art canon.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missvanofficial/

Faith47 / Faith XLVII (born Cape Town, 1979) is a South African interdisciplinary artist who has held solo exhibitions in Miami, New York City, London and Johannesburg . As both a notable South African and woman artist, Faith speaks to issues of human rights, spiritual endurance and social issues.

Faith XLVII began painting in 1997, three years after the end of apartheid. Using a wide range of media, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate – from found and rescued objects, to time-layered and history-textured city walls, to studio-prepared canvas and wood. A self-taught artist, Faith is widely regarded as one of the most famous South African street artists, her art reaching international fame.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faith47/
Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk (born 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an internationally exhibited American artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for the bold geometric patterns she employs in large-scale murals.

Hayuk received a BFA in 1991 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she has also studied at the University of Odessa, in Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
She gathers her inspiration from pysanka, mandalas, chandeliers, views from the Hubble Telescope, holograms, Rorschach tests, and the surrounding environment.

Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and commissions at venues including UCLA's Hammer Museum, The Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayahayuk/

Diana Ordóñez (born 1987), also known as Ledania, is a Colombian female street artists who has established herself as an important reference of Latin American graffiti. She officially goes by the one name of Ledania which derives from the union of Leda, the famous female seduced by Zeus in Greek mythology, and her first name.

Known for her colorful murals which are specifically not laden with political or religious symbolism, Ledania's works often deals with themes of positivity and vibrancy. Before turning to different colors, her work was based on black and white tones. She then started to use colors depending on her mood that day. Each one of her figurative works derives from three different artistic movements; expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.

Currently based in Bogota, Ledania is one of the most prominent artists in the contemporary graffiti scene in Colombia. Besides street art, she also works in photography, graphic design, advertising, artistic makeup, as well as in the implementation of her themes and motifs into decorative items, clothing and accessories.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ledania/
Paola Delfin

Paola Delfin is a Mexican artist whose work is mainly influenced by illustrations, organic forms and a mixture of unusual materials. Paola was born in Mexico City and remembers from the time she was very small, she always had a pencil and paper to help her visualize her own world through drawing. The topic she endeavors to explore relates to beauty and feminine sensibility. Through these female characteristics, Delfin is able to depict a vast range of incredible changes and contrasts where she attempts to give her work a life of its own.

Her goal is to make her work available in all settings and to all audiences--with the intention that her work is by no means exclusive.

"I believe that art needs to be seen everywhere possible, to bring a white wall to life, and make a story out of it. My passion is to create, be available to tell a story with my hands and make it visible to everyone though images that involve you [the viewer] in that story. That feeling is what makes me love being an artist."

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paola_delfin/
Shamsia Hassani

Shamsia Hassani (real name: Ommolbanin Hassani, born 1988) is an Afghan graffiti artist, a fine arts lecturer, and the associate professor of Drawing and Anatomy Drawing at the Kabul University. She has popularized "street art" in the streets of Kabul and has exhibited her art in several countries including India, Iran, Germany, United States of America, Switzerland, Vietnam, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Canada, and in diplomatic missions in Kabul. Hassani paints graffiti in Kabul to bring awareness to the war years. In 2014, Hassani was named one of FP's top 100 global thinkers.

Hassani was born in 1988 and spent her childhood in Iran; her parents had temporarily immigrated there, from Kandahar, Afghanistan during the war. Hassani showed interest in painting from a young age. While in the ninth grade, Hassani lacked access to art classes, as it was not permitted to Afghans in Iran. Upon her return to Kabul in 2005, she pursued a degree at Kabul University in arts. Shamsia holds a BA degree in Painting and a master's degree in Visual Arts from Kabul University in Afghanistan.

She later began lecturing and eventually became the associate professor of Drawing and Anatomy Drawing at Kabul University, establishing Berang Arts, a contemporary art collective. Creating colorful graffiti, Hassani works to mask the negativity of war. She claims that, "image has more effect than words, and it's a friendly way to fight." She also uses her art to fight for women's rights, reminding people of the tragedies women have faced and continue to face in Afghanistan.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shamsiahassani/
Natalie Rak

Natalie Rak, also known as Rak, is a Poland based street artist born in 1986. Rak uses brightly colored paint to do multistory murals on the sides of buildings around Poland and Internationally. Originally painting canvases, Rak switched to street art only recently. Natalia Rak is a world-renowned street artist, a graduate of Art High School in Radom. She studied Fine Art at the University of Lodz, Poland, focusing mainly in Graphic Design.

Natalia Rak's subjects are typically murals of one or two individuals, mostly women. Her larger than life paintings try to invoke mystery and metaphor, often using classic stories like Adam and Eve and Romeo and Juliet. Adam and Eve Rak started showing her work in street art exhibitions in 2009 in Lodz.

Since 2014, the artist has painted murals in various cities worldwide, including New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Italy, Germany.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nataliarakart/
Alice Pasquini

Alice Pasquini, is a multimedia artist from Rome whose street art explores the brighter side of human relationships. Alice graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and has lived and worked in Great Britain, France and Spain. While in Madrid she completed coursework in animation at the Ars animación school and in 2004, obtained an MA in critical art studies.

Pasquini's art revolves around topics of femininity and independent women, and encompasses murals, paintings, and illustrations which tell stories about various acts of kindness and love.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicepasquini/

Based in Mexico City, Hilda Palafox,"Poni", became widely known for her illustrations and crafted dolls. She does mural works and just like her illustrations they feature graceful female figures and bear the same spirit of elegance.

Poni has a bachelor's degree in Integral Design and since 2006 has been spreading her crafted dolls around her Mexico. Her illustrations carry an air of pureness and at times, a very elegant apathy. She creates gentle balances amongst colors and black and white.

The artist enjoys mixing and matching techniques, for each piece the results are always held together by gracefulness. Subtle suggestions of expressions and emotions held together by light bodies and romantic surroundings. In recent years she's embarked on bringing her work into delicate ceramic pieces. She has illustrated for magazines, singers and several national and international brands.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poni/

Kashink, a street artist from Paris, has a been drawing a mustache onto her upper lip for the past years. "I wear it every single day," says the artist, who has become one of the world's better known street artists for her large-scale, diversity-conscious murals in Paris, Miami, Morocco, New York, and Los Angeles.

The artist, who got involved with street art at age 17 and began creating wall-sized pieces at 25, has finally established a recognizable aesthetic at 34. Her re-imagining of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's celebrated employs her trademark bright colors to render the woman race neutral.

"I'm working on human diversity and how beautiful it is," she says. "The fact that my subjects have no defined skin color is a great way to share these different aspects." In addition to disturbing the notion of beauty, Kashink also wants to give back to her community. She regularly involves students in her projects.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kashink1/
Christina Angelina

Christina Angelina also known as "Starfighter," is a Venice, Los Angeles-based visual artist, photographer and gallerist. Angelina is internationally renowned for her public art and large-scale figurative murals. In 2015 the Huffington Post cited the collaboration between Angelina and Fin DAC in São Paulo entitled "Splash" as one of the "Most Influential Acts Of Street Art Around The World" and Angelina was highlighted as among the most innovative artists to watch.

Angelina typically paints her figurative portraits on large-scale outdoor walls. The artist is known for her detailed, realistic murals that often depict female figures and explore the duality between strength and vulnerability and the power associated with both. In line with the site specific nature of street art, Angelina paints in settings and for communities that inspire her.

Her murals are on walls throughout Los Angeles. Outside of Los Angeles, Angelina's work can be seen in cities that include: Berlin, Miami, Reno, New York City, Belfast and São Paulo.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starfightera/

MadC (born Claudia Walde, 1980) is a graffiti writer and muralist. She was born in Bautzen, Germany, and is most known for her large-scale, outdoor artistic paintings.

MadC started as a teenage graffiti writer and has since developed her creative endeavors into various related fields (including as graphic design, writing, and fine art). MadC painted her first graffiti piece being 16 years old. MadC carries a master's degree in graphic design. Her major international breakthrough came however in 2010 with the production of the work that has become known as the "700-Wall" – a 700 square-meter work along the train line between Berlin and Halle. This painting is most likely the largest graffiti mural created by a single person, taking four months to finish

MadC confronts us with the notion of addressing the essence of graffiti and street art cultures, in a way that highlights the importance of a never-ending (re)interpretation of the two concepts. A "traditional" subject matter is re-contextualized into a completely new visual language.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mad_c1/
Panmela Castro

Panmela Castro started her street art career tagging the walls of Rio de Janeiro, using the nom de guerre, 'Anarkia Boladona'. Later on the trained artist turned professional, dropped the pseudonym and started painting colourful murals featuring portraits of women. Using mostly spray paint, Panmela, who is an active women's rights activist, now addresses issues related to female sexuality and empowerment through her art.

Having experienced domestic violence herself, Castro's main areas of interest centre around women's rights and violence against women. Her work, low on words but heavy on message, shows strong, feminine portraits and bodies without sexualising them. Instead they enter into a dialogue with the urban landscape and question the status quo of sexuality and binary gender.

Panmela created extremely powerful artworks, which have earned her the name of 'Brazil's Graffiti Queen'. Castro holds a Masters degree in Contemporary Artistic Processes and graduated in painting. She lives and works from Rio de Janeiro.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/panmelacastro/
Female graffiti artists in locations such as Chile and Brazil are forming all-female crews where new female artists are given a positive space with support, mentoring and friendship. These communities feel that by re-claiming space through graffiti they are "protesting her invisibility" and "claiming space in a subculture where the walls 'belong' to men". Not only do the art communities address issues around women, but they also touch on issues like gay-bashing and racism.

But besides this the female street artist all over the world make an incredible impact on this often invisible aspect of contemporary art. Female street art is worth studying and knowing.