We're on a street in Helsingør, Denmark. At midnight. Embracing. A cat came towards us, Roa reached for it, and told the story of the cat he saw getting hit by a car in Tahiti just a few days earlier. It died in his arms. We are both crying.
The anonymous and very private Belgian street artist Roa painted a hanging tuna and a hanging heron on a 40-something meters high silo in Odense, Denmark, late spring 2015. The highest work he has done so far. And two of them. In ten days.
About ten years ago Roa shifted his focus from classic graffiti to the animals he used to draw as a kid. But now they are huge black and white murals and often in distress or decay. For eight years he has been constantly travelling, painting his animals in all continents of the world apart from the arctic.
Just before Tahiti and Odense, Roa had a huge solo exhibition at Jonathan Levine Gallery
in New York, USA, and in 2014 his wolf in Rome, Italy, was named second most influential act of street art around the world by The Huffington Post
Read the story in Danish here.