Years active: 1979 - Present
Dan Witz has been peppering streets with his artwork for over 30 years. Early on, Witz would carefully paint realistic and life-sized hummingbirds around New York City. Now, Witz is still installing photorealistic artworks on the street in the form of pieces that look like vents or grates with people behind them, creating the illusion of a prison. He's also done a lot of "pranks" where site-specific placement is essential, such as placing stuffed gloves so that they just barely stick out of sewers or over fences. Most people may miss a lot of Witz's work, but when it does catch your eye, it's a shock. Witz is a master of placement, realism, and mischief, all essential qualities for the best street artists.