Mechelen, Belgium

Bart Smeets, better known in art world as Smates, is a Belgian street artist who was born 1978 in Asse. Bart has always been a fan of realistic drawings and paintings. Specialized in photorealistic art, he always tries to create something that fits the wall or plays with depth and perspectives.

Smates is a street artist specialized in hyperrealistic and photorealistic graffiti. Getting inspired by the characteristics of the walls he paints on as well as its shape and surroundings, he masters the art of painting extremely detailed and realistic artworks. He plays with 3D, perspectives and shades to take his murals to a whole new level and get his message across.

In addition to creating murals, Smates also paints canvases. Depicting various natural elements (water, etc.), animal and human characters, he manages to create hyperrealistic scenes - most often with a touch of fantasy and surrealistic elements.