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Retrospective of 2021 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2021. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2021 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2021 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2021 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2021 street art collé et installations


Acek‘s truck side for the 2021 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

Acrow‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Also visible above is an installation by Makenoize who has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations with other installations.

Adi in an abandoned funeral home.

Adi in an abandoned building.
Adi also contributed to the TRU crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to view that.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations.

Amon in Rosemont.

Aper‘s tribute to MF Doom in a McGill ghetto alley.

Arrow in Pierrefonds.

Art Gang’s Senck and Snipes contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring a piece by Cemz at ground level.
All three writers also have solo work in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Ason in an abandoned building.

Ason in a flooded and iced over collapsed basement.

Ason in an abandoned tunnel.

Axe Lalime at the PSC legal graffiti wall.
Axe also contributed to the K6A wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to view.

Bacer

Beaf’s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Beast

Bosny and Jmoe’s collaboration for the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Bosny in an abandoned building.

Double layer of Bosny on a bridge pillar.
Bosny has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, in solo and with the Gentil Crew.

Bumpr‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Above 4: Full wall and close-ups of a great production featuring Cemz, Zek, Senck and Snipes in the Plateau.
Cemz, Senck and Snipes also worked together on the Art Gang wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to view. Zek, Senck and Snipes also have solo work in this retrospective, scroll down to see that.

Cemz in Ahuntsic.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art under the name Benny Wilding.

Crane on letters and Rouks on character in Pointe St-Charles.

Trackside Crops.

Above 2: Dare full car.

Deep on letters and DMT on owl, in Ville-Marie.
Both have also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, DMT in solo and Deep in a collaboration with Zek (listed under ‘Zek’).

Deep on letters and Hly aka Medusa on character in a Hochelaga alley. Also featuring Repus bottom left.

Deep and Medusa‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Medusa has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Dems in a Petite-Patrie alley.

Deps tried his hand to 3D graffiti in 2021. This piece was done at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Desr at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dfek at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He also has made it into this retrospective with a collaboration with Zen, scroll down to view.

Drif.
Scroll down to Nesar for more by Drif in this retrospective.

EK Sept in a Rosemont alley.

EK Sept in a Rosemont alley.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Grils’.

Ekes in an abandoned building.

Ekes on an abandoned wall in the forest.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Ekler‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Estyk on the side of a highway ramp.

F.One in Mercier.
A HSP crew wall featuring F.One also made it into this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Fake in an abandoned building.

Fasi, Pinto, Max, Pest and perhaps more on this section of a multi-artist wall in Hochelaga.

Fault writing Maraud in graffiti alley.

Fioke in an abandoned building.

Fleo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.
Fleo contributed to the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to view.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Fokus in an abandoned building.

Fokus in a Hochelaga alley.

Fokus writing INSPIRE in Petite-Patrie. Notice the real and painted wood.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Giles on an abandoned community centre.

Giles and Syloe representing MG.

Grils in Rosemont.

Grils in Villeray.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.
He of course has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks in the Plateau.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.

Hary in a Rosemont alley.
Hary has work alongside his Lama brothers as well as a contribution to a multi-artist wall make it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art (under ‘Lama’ and under ‘Grils’).

Heras in Rosemont.

Hest and Wuna‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Also visible above are Hob and le Renard Fou.
Wuna and Hob each have solo entries in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Hest‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Hest in a Rosemont alley.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Hoar in a Hochelaga alley.

Hoar in Villeray.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Grils’.

Hob in an abandoned building.

House

Above 4: Full shot followed by close-ups of the individual pieces of a HSP crew session in Rosemont featuring F.One, Fomer and Ewol.
F.One also has a solo piece in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Jaker and Legal collaboration in the Plateau.
Legal also has 2 solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Jaker in a Hochelaga alley.

Jaker in a Ahuntsic alley.

Jask at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Jefa in an abandoned building.

Joule at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

June is a master of those hard to reach spots, here he is on the chimney of a long abandoned building.

The K6A crew‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Serak, Fleo, Sank, Dodo Osé, Saer, Axe Lalime, Otak and Royal. Check out the latter Under Pressure festival link for close-ups.
Serak, Fleo, Sank, Axe and Royal all have solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.
Solo figurative work by Dodo Osé and by Fleo also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Kaps at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Killa EF‘S contribution to a great prod in Petite-Patrie.

Trackside Killa EF.

Killa EF ripping off the Rizla logo.

Klew in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Klor in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Klor in the Plateau.

The 123 Klan’s Klor in Rosemont.

Korb in Rosemont

Korb at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Kores at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Kwun in a Rosemont alley.

Kwun

Legal in a Ahuntsic alley.

Legal in an abandoned building.
Scroll up to Jake for more work by Legal in this retrospecitive.

Louis Letters in an abandoned funeral home.

Louis Letters in an abandoned building.
Louis also contributed to the TRU crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘TRU’ to view that.

The LTG/POM/H2K wall for the 2021 edition of Under Pressure featuring EK Sept, Grils, Hoar, Paynt, Seork, Hozek, Rizek, Haks and Amer. Check out the latter Under Pressure Festival link for close-ups.
EK Sept, Grils, Hoar, Rizek and Haks all have solo walls in this retrospective, scroll to their names to see. Amer also contributed to the TRU crew wall, scroll down to ‘TRU’ for that.
Paynt, Seork, Grils have also made it in solo into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, while EK Sept, Hoar, Rizek and Amer also did, under ‘Grils’.

Makes in Pointe St-Charles.

Makes‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maniak in Rosemont.

Maniak at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
A character by Maniak appears in the photo of a Resok piece in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Maps in Hochelaga.

Mask in Lachine.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art with a collaboration with Beaf.

Maysr in Mile End.

Medor in an abandoned building.

Highwayside Meow.

Highwayside Meow.

Trackside Meow.

Merv at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Metz in an abandoned building.
A piece by someone from the Ten’s crew presumed to be Metz also made it into this retrospective. Scroll down to Ten’s Crew to view.

Micer in Rosemont.

Micer in an abandoned building.

Monet on a half abandoned building in Ahuntsic.

Monet

Presumably Monet doing the name of his 90s crew. Also visible above is Gabr who also happens to be in that crew.

Monk.e in a Mile End alley.

Monk.e in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e on letters below mostly figurative work by Grils, in Villeray.
Grils has made it into this retrospective with solo work as well as his contribution to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to see.
Both have also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art with solo work and collaborations.

Moris in an abandoned building.

Myrage in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Naimo‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Neon at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Nero in an abandoned building.

Above 4 photos: full Nesar, Crash and Drif production in Mercier followed by individual pieces.
Drif also has solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to see.

Nesar

Noper in Rosemont.

Nor in an abandoned building.

Nor

Pane in Rosemont.

Pane in an abandoned building.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Peace in a Ahuntsic alley.

Peace in a Rosemont alley.

Peack in Rosemont.

Peyo (top left) and Peack‘s (bottom right) collaboration for the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Peyo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Pito in an abandoned building.

Pito in a Hochelaga alley.

Pito‘s part in a fiery production in Petite-Patrie.

Psycho in Mile End.

Psycho visible from a network of highways.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel right after it had been completely stripped of years of layers of paint and brought back to the original concrete.

Resok in Rosemont.

Resok in Rosemont featuring a character by Maniak who also has name pieces in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view.

Resok at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art with a figurative collaboration with Eskro and other artists (listed under ‘Eskro’).

Riok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Riot in an abandoned building.

Riot in graffiti alley.

Rival in an abandoned building.

Rival on an abandoned gas station.

Rizek in a Hochelaga alley.

Rizek in Villeray.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘LTG’ to view.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Grils’.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.
He has also contributed to the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘K6A’ to view.

Salé in a Rosemont alley.

Sank at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also guested on the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘K6A’ to view.

Sawr at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

SBU One at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, in solo and with the Gentil Crew.

Sceak in Rosemont.

Sceak at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Schn in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Scien in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Scien in the Plateau.

The 123 Klan’s Scien in Rosemont.

Senck in Lachine.
Scroll up to Art Gang and to Cemz for more work by Senck in this retrospective.

Serak in a Mile End alley.

Highwayside Serak.
He has also contributed to the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘K6A’ to view.

Serum in a Plateau alley.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shrek at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Simply in a Plateau alley.

Smak in Ville-Marie.

Smak (top), Sober (bottom) and Tchug‘s (character) contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.
Tchug also has a letter piece in this retrospective, scroll down for that.

Snipes in Côte des Neiges.

Snipes in graffiti alley. Scroll up to Art Gang for more by Snipes.

Snok in Lachine.

Soma

Some in Hochelaga.

Stare in the Plateau.

Swik in Rosemont.

Tans on an abandoned community centre.

Tchug in Rosemont.
Scroll up to Smak for more by Tchug in this retrospective.

Someone representing Ten’s crew, perhaps Metz, at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
Incidently, Metz has a piece in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Timer in Rosemont.

The TRU crew wall for the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Louis Letters, Adi, Kamzer, Tshoko, Boris, Dosk, Amer and guest Lino. Check out the latter Under Pressure link for close-ups.
Adi and Louis Letters both have solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to view. Amer has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to see.
Tshoko and Lino both have work make it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art while Amer is also in the latter retrospective under ‘Grils’.

Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Vaper in a flooded and iced collapsed basement.

Voguer in Rosemont.

Wonez in an abandoned building.

Wonez in an abandoned building.

Worm on an abandoned community centre.

Wuna‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Wuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
A collaboration between Wuna and Hest also made it into this retrospective, scroll up to Hest’s name to view.

Zek‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Zek‘s part in a fiery production in Petite-Patrie.
Scroll up to Cemz’s name for more by Zek in this retrospective.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Zen in Rosemont.

Zen at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Above 2: Dfek (top photo, left section) and Zen (bottom photo, right section), on a long wall in a Plateau alley.
Dfek has 2 solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Zep in Rosemont.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Zer’s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Zonek’s tribute to Nes who passed away this year.

Zonek full car.

Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2020. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2020 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2020 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 street art collé
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Above 3 photos: As in many other cities around the world, a huge Black Lives Matter street piece was done in Montreal. In French, “La vie des noir.e.s compte” was produced by Gala Dynastie and Never Was Average and painted by multiple artists, one artist per letter (including street artists Maliciouz on the ‘N’ and Mins on the third ‘E’).

A Black Lives Matter mural by a collective of anonymous artists on the boarded up Apple Store downtown.

Abir has been blending her art into earlier pieces by various artists at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel including that of Adida Fallen Angel as pictured here. Scroll down to the end of this post for more by Abir as she participated in the Taqueria production featured there.

Deep dish piece by Adida Fallen Angel at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Above 3 photos: A long Hochelaga production featuring Aldarwin on the long colourful fence and background, Omar Bernal on the whale and Origami Explorateur on the bird. Scroll down for more by Aldarwin and Omar under ‘Grils’ and in the Taqueria post at the end of this post. Origami Explorateur was also involved in the Taqueria production at the end of this post. Omar and Origami Explorateur both have solo works, scroll down to their names to view.

A pair of pieces by Alfalfa (left) and Pupila (right), in Rosemont.

Breonna Taylor portrait by Ali K in Mile End. The background behind Breonna is by Khaled Jaafar and on the left by Random Ice And Cactus.

Above 4 photos: the 4 sides of a shed on the Lachine Canal, by Ankh One.

Astro in a Verdun alley.

Portrait of Zombie Boy by Awie in St-Henri.

After a young boy named Liam was struck and killed crossing the street in St-Henri, Awie found out that the kid wanted to be a muralist and decided to paint this mural from his sketchbook drawings. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Awie.

A beautiful diptych by Cyndie Belhumeur in the Plateau.

Omar Bernal in a Plateau alley.

Omar Bernal at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Omar has much more work in this retrospective, scroll up to Aldarwin or down to Grils and to the Taqueria production at the end of this post. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Dars’).

Bryan Beyung diptych in Ville St-Laurent.

Bonga in an abandoned building.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Borrris mural in Mercier

Borrris mural in the Village. Borrris also participated in the big group portrait in Villeray, scroll down to ‘Grils’ to view.

Bosny in a Mile End alley production. Scroll down to ‘Jean-Sébastien Denis’ and to the Taqueria production at the end of this retrospective for more by Bosny. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Stencil of Donald Trump kissing Fox News’ Sean Hannity, by Carnior in Cartierville.

Carnior on the Just For Laughs Museum. The character depicted here is the mascot of the Just For Laughs comedy festival/museum/empire. Gilbert Rozon, the head of Just For Laughs, was acquitted in 2020 from accusations of rape for the third time (he was also acquitted on 2 other cases in 1998). Also, 14 other women who had accused him of rape and sexual misconduct two years ago when the #MeToo movement started were denied being allowed to take Rozon to court.

A glimpse into the brain of Donald Trump from Carnior.

Ruben Carrasco in Hochelaga.

Ruben Carrasco in Hochelaga.

A tribute to Portuguese fado singer Amália Rodrigues by Paulo Carreira in the Portuguese neighborhood.

Chado in a Petite-Patrie alley.

Chado in a Villeray alley.

Cryote at ground level and Waxhead above, in a Plateau alley production curated by Waxhead. Waxhead has been very active in 2020, some of his work can also be found in this retrospective under ‘Grils’, under ‘SBU One’ and under his own name.

Denial‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

A beautiful tribute to Marcelle Ferron created by Jean-Sébastien Denis and painted by MSHL and Bosny in Outremont. Both MSHL and Bosny have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

DMT under an overpass.

DMT in an abandoned building.

Dodo Osé in Little Italy.

Dodo Osé in Little Italy. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Fleo’ and under ‘K6A’).

Earth Crusher in Hochelaga.

Elfu at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Filco in Hochelaga.

Filco in Hochelaga.

Patrick Forchild‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival is a tribute to health workers on the frontline of the fight against the Covid19 virus. It was painted on the Jewish General Hospital which was the first hospital ready to take on patients affected by the virus.

Franco E for Mu commemorating the 30-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Montreal in 1990. The mural is found in St-Henri.

Gallium on a ramp of a Rosemont skatepark.

Germ Dee in Rosemont.

Grils tackling the subject of police brutaly in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Grils.

This huge 21-artist group mural supervised by Grils was painted in Villeray and illustrates very well the year 2020 in Montreal Street Art which saw the creation of many informal communities of artists working together, perhaps in reaction to the isolation of confinement. Front row: Kando, Her, Melsa Montagne, LNA, Fokus, Wuna, Tshoko and Mins. Middle row: Ravens Or Crows, Aldarwin, Moule, Math Lamarre, Omar Bernal, Maliciouz and Mastrocola. Back row: Adi, Derap, Waxhead, Sibo, Grils and Borrris.

Wuna, Tshoko, Ravens Or Crows, Aldarwin, Omar Bernal, Maliciouz, Waxhead, Grils and Borrris all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Her, LNA, Fokus, Tshoko, Aldarwin, Omar Bernal, Adi and Grils all contributed to the Taqueria project featured at the very end of this post. Fokus also has work under his alias Malin, see ‘Jest’ below. Adi, Tshoko and Waxhead also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Hank at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Jest‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mural by Jest (mostly top part) and Malin (mostly bottom part) in Hochelaga. Both artists were involved in the Taqueria production featured at the end of this retrospective. Malin aka Fokus has more work above under ‘Grils’. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Fokus under both of his names.

Johnny Crap in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Johnny Crap under his alias ‘Zen’.

Kor in a Rosemont alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Kor.

Collaboration between Nikki Küntzle (left) and Caitlin McDonagh (right) for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Collaboration between Labrona and M’Os Geez in a Hochelaga alley. Both artists have made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art. Scroll down for more by Labrona, under ‘Ledo’.

A large mural in Little Italy, by the Lama collective formed by artists Ludovic Mio, Hary, E. Bedaine and Alexis Vaillancourt. Hary also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti with a name piece.

This tribute to québécois sculptor Armand Vaillancourt was done for Mu by his son Alexis Vaillancourt with the help of his Lama crewmates.

A very long mural by the Lama collective in Rosemont.

Marc-Olivier Lamothe‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

A great collaboration between Kevin Ledo (central character) and Labrona (flying around) in a Plateau alley.

Another great collaboration between Kevin Ledo (left) and Labrona (right) in a Plateau alley. Labrona has more work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view.

La Loica‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Lost Claws on a Mile End rooftop.

Lost Claws on a Petite-Patrie rooftop. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

2020 marked the 40th anniversary of the first referendum on Quebec independence and Macak painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel this famous picture of René-Lévesque giving his speech after having lost. Macak also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Above 3 photos: a 3-part piece by Maj in a Rosemont alley.

Maliciouz in a Hampstead park. She was involved in the large ‘La vie des noir.e.s compte’ piece at the top of this page. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Mateo on an abandoned minivan in Mile End.

Mateo in Mile End.

Mateo in Mile End.

Monk.e in Ahuntsic.

A tribute to Vice Verses by Monk.e, in Hochelaga. Monk.e also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A mural by Mono Sourcil in the Plateau.

Collaboration between Le Monstr (door) and Loopkin (left and right) for a green alley production in Hochelaga.

An abstract mural by MSHL in Pointe St-Charles. Scroll up to ‘Jean-Sébastien Denis’ for more by this artist.

Collaboration between Origami Explorateur and VF Vibes at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Origami Explorateur also finds herself in this retrospective under ‘Aldarwin’ and in the feature on the Taqueria production at the end of the post.

A tribute to George Floyd by Chris B. Powell and Caro Thibault at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Ravens Or Crows in a Mile End alley prod. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

A double garage diptych by Emily Read in Villeray. The animal on the door on the right is a pangolin; with the rainbow painted above, this connects the piece to the Covid19 pandemic.

Repus‘ contribution to the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

A tribute to MC Doom by Resok in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Resok.

Enok Ripley mural in Villeray.

Rouks in Rosemont.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) on a bridge pillar. The piece was inspired by the two homeless men who usually hang out there.

SBU One in an abandoned building.

SBU One in a Mile End alley production. SBU also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Scribe.

Sence in Rosemont.

Nick Sweetman at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Tchug in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Tchug.

Tshoko‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray (scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view) and to the Taqueria production featured below. She also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

A beautiful Ola Volo mural in Hochelaga.

Waxhead in a Mile End alley production which he supervised.

Waxhead in a Petite-Patrie alley. Waxhead also made it into this retrospective in collaborations, scroll up to ‘Cryote’, ‘Grils’ and ‘SBU One’ to view. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

A beautiful mural by Sophie Wilkins in Montreal North.

Wuna in a Rosemont alley. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Wuna.

Zoltan in the Plateau.


Omar Bernal’s Dia de los Muertos taqueria production

2020 was the year in which many informal communities of artists were created, the biggest of which being the gang that regularly came together at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel to paint and hang out. This led to the production of many multi-artist productions around the city, such as one supervised by Grils in Villeray (see group photo above under ‘Grils’) and this one curated by Omar Bernal on the walls of a Hochelaga taqueria. The theme of this all black and white production was Dia de los Muertos. The photos below cover the complete production.

The long western wall features Ramses Herrera Medina, Tshoko, Grils, Moule, Jest, Fokus, LNA, Origami Explorateur, Omar Bernal, Nero, Timoh Garcia and Aldarwin.

Curator Omar Bernal‘s dog Pipa passed away during the production, so he integrated her into it at a few places including this one above Robert Davy.

Marine Martinelli on the back door.

Abir on 2nd floor back door.

Her on a back wall.

Abir on the back wall. Omar Bernal echoed her piece on the post in front.

Bosny doing his thing on this back corner.

This segment of the eastern wall shows Omar Bernal, Timoh Garcia, Grils, Bezo, Lino and Aldarwin.

Central eastern wall showing Omar Bernal, Adi, Mariposa, Verbe, Huile d’Olive, SciWalkArt, Grils, Timoh Garcia and Aldarwin.

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Front wall of the taqueria, Grils on the left, and Grils and Lino on the right.

Grils on corn piece over a background by Aldarwin.

Of all the artists involved, Tshoko, Grils, Jest, Origami Explorateur, Omar Bernal, Aldarwin, Abir and Bosny have more work featured in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Fokus, Moule, LNA, Her and Adi are involved in the group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view. Fokus can also be found under his alias Malin, see ‘Jest’.

Adi, Marine Martinelli, SciWalkArt and Huile d’Olive all made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2020. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2020 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2020 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 street art collé


The 123 Klan‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Name pieces are by Scien and Klor at ground level and Aiik above.

Above 2: the 123 Klan’s Klor (above) and Scien (below) in Rosemont.

Aper‘s part in a prod which he curated in Côte St-Paul.

Aper in the McGill Ghetto.

Arrow in Rosemont.

Ason in Rosemont.

Ason at the Lachine graffiti walls.

Awie in St-Henri. Also visible in this shot are throws by Sake and Bruse.

Awie in an abandoned building. Scroll down for more by Awie under ‘K6A’ and ‘Serak’. Awie also has work appearing in theRetrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Axe Lalime in St-Henri.

Axe Lalime in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by Axe under ‘K6A’.

Bacer in Ahuntsic.

Bacer in Rosemont.

Beaf at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Beast in an abandoned building.

Bhar (ground level) and Amon (above) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for more by Bhar under ‘CEK’.

Bosny in an abandoned building.

Bosny in Rosemont. Bosny also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Supersize BTH piece on the roof of an abandoned building.

Bumpr at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Case in Pointe St-Charles.

Case in Ville St-Laurent.

The CEK crew represented by Deep, Resno, Bhar and Jher in a green alley prod in Hochelaga. Scroll up to ‘Bhar’ for more by this writer.

Cemz in Hochelaga.

Cemz from a KG crew production in Hochelaga.

Cemz in Rosemont. This writer has also made into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art under the name Benny Wilding.

Cler under the city.

Cone in Pointe St-Charles.

Crane at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Dars in Hochelaga.

Dars on letters and Omar Bernal on figurative parts, at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Omar Bernal also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Dfek in Ahuntsic.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dice in Ahuntsic.

Dice in Rosemont.

Drug Prophets in Parc Jeanne-Mance.

Durs in Mile End.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

EK Sept in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Hoar’ for more by EK Sept.

Ekes for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Ekes in an abandoned building.

Ekes under the city.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Ekler at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ensor (ground level) and Joh (above), in Mercier. Scroll down for more by Joh in this retrospective.

Enter in Rosemont.

Eskro (above) and Resok (below) in Mercier. Scroll down for more by Resok in this retrospective.