Artists take to the streets for the 12th year, as the Italian Street Painting Expo returns to delight and amaze festival visitors on August 23 and 24.
Presented by the Palo Alto Weekly, this popular event features more than 60 artists from throughout California, creating works of art in chalk on the pavement along Tasso. Participants begin sketching early Saturday morning and complete their pieces at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Festival-goers gather all weekend to watch this fascinating live-art demonstration. Street painting's long and rich history originated in 16th-century Italy. It soon spread across Europe and by 1890, some 500 Londoners were fulltime pavement artists.
The festival's chalk-paintings range in size from 4-by-6 feet to 12-by-12 feet, with subjects varying from familiar classical masterpieces and dazzling 3D art to original abstract designs. Past street paintings have included high-tech subjects, Botticelli angels and Maurice Sendak illustrations.
Sponsorship sales of the spaces benefit Youth Community Service. Proceeds raised from this fundraising effort help to bring awareness to programs such as leadership opportunities for young people and service-learning projects throughout the Bay Area.
A kids' chalk-a-lot area also gives children under the age of 12 the chance to participate in the street-painting event by creating their own 2-by-2-foot artwork for a minimal fee.
Don’t miss these fantastic street canvases before they're washed away Sunday night!
If you would like request an application to be a participant in next year's Italian Street Painting Expo, click Italian Street Painting application.
Italian Street Painting Artists
This page will be revised the first of each month listing the most recently confirmed Italian Street Painters and their proposed artwork. Be sure to check back periodically to see if your favorite artist has confirmed.