Huge, homegrown talent. Smates – the stage name of Bart Smeets from Mechelen – already has a good reputation here in Belgium and is starting to gain recognition abroad. His quasi photorealistic walls enliven their surroundings. Smates, trained as a graphic designer, plays with depth using impressive 3D illusions. The ‘swimming dog’ mural in Mechelen is shared on graffiti and street art blogs all over the world on account of its beauty and technical refinement. Works by Smates can be admired in Barcelona, Brussels, Moscow, Genk and Kiev. His dream? To continue learning from the best, to become even better and to paint more walls, preferably all over the world.

SMATES

Belgium

Huge, homegrown talent. Smates – the stage name of Bart Smeets from Mechelen – already has a good reputation here in Belgium and is starting to gain recognition abroad. His quasi photorealistic walls enliven their surroundings.