Smates and Locatelli are two Belgian artists. Steve Locatelli is one of the bigger names in the Belgian graffiti scene and is a real Jack-of-all-trades, from hyperrealism to abstract art. Smates mainly works in a hyperrealistic style.
Together they particularly make murals, with transforming graffiti into a form of expression as the goal. Their work is very realistic and is characterized by graphic brushstrokes. They get their inspiration from -among other things – the animal kingdom, especially the hunt on other animals intrigues them. The owner of the building went on a vacation to Africa last year. She asked them to specifically work with animals that can be found in Africa.