Traditionally, stencil art is thought of as simple spray-paint on a thin sheet of card, plastic or metal with a pattern or letters cut out of it, producing the cut design on the surface below by the application of ink or paint through the holes, quickly and easily.

Recently many artists have begun to transcend the boundaries of stencil graffiti, working to popularize it as a major form of artwork and the New York based stencil artist Joe Iurato is one of them. His unique stencils with colorful backdrops vary from urban settings to multilayer portraits, offering a new perspective on the street art. Iurato, a multi-skilled artist (he practices skating, climbing, photography and he`s an accredited sommelier) signs his clean cut and striking works with :01, not to conceal his identity, but to emphasize the power of time, as he believes that a single second is the most powerful measurement of time.

The themes of his stencil works are diverse, as Joe Iurato finds his artistic inspiration in everyday life, sometimes looking at life through the eyes of his little sons and other times reaching more serious topics like personal economics.

In his most recent works, Joe demonstrates once again his creativity and innovative spirit, using the same the style he used to do for large scale street art pieces, but vastly reducing their size to make them mobile. The resulting miniature stenciled figures were placed by Iurato in places where you’d least expect, creating amazing little scenes of life on the streets and parks of New York City.

Check out the image gallery below.

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Source & photo credit: joeiurato.com, brooklynstreetart.com.