Adi Khavous's new hometown, Montreal, has embraced his artistic talents. Adi Khavous's new hometown, Montreal, has embraced his artistic talents. Adi Khavous's new hometown, Montreal, has embraced his artistic talents. (Photo: Ron MacDonald)

The most talented artist you've never heard of

Adi Khavous' myriad artistic talents are beginning to draw the attention of the art world.

Adi Khavous's passport is well worn.

The artist, whose street moniker is Adida Fallen Angel, was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He started traveling in 1998, and has been on the move ever since. Explaining that his nomadic life is "something that just simply happened," he has traveled between continents, living in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, California, multiple locations in South America and Egypt.

He has settled down somewhat – in Montreal, Canada. A girlfriend, and the band that he fronts, Spoonlicker, have kept him there. So, too, has his reputation in Montreal art circles. Today, admiration for the heavily tattooed Khavous' work extends beyond that city to an international audience.

An art installation by Adi Khavous.One of Adi Khavous' many art installations. (Photo: Adi Khavous)

Khavous has been especially busy of late. He just finished a new art installation, "Art of Life/Life of Art," at the New Fresh Paint Gallery, part of Under Pressure, an international graffiti festival, and he's accumulated a roster of clients who keep him working on all manner of art projects.

Khavous works in several mediums, and to this day refuses to label himself. "Some people know me by my photography, some know me for my street art, some know me for my digital art and some know me for my big art installations," Khavous said. "I'm very versatile. I do know I do intensive line art, complex doodling, lots of abstract geometrical free flow lines. I started from classical art, moved into digital art, and now spend more time in art installations and street art."

Adi Khavous painting a mural in Tel-Aviv.Adi Khavous painting a mural in Tel-Aviv. (Photo: Irit Sapojnik)

He's also gained an impressive following on social media. A recent competition on the website Culture Trip saw him take top honors among all artists who entered, by earning the most likes for his work on Instagram.

Adi Khavous's work incorporates lots of abstract geometrical free flow lines.Adi Khavous's work incorporates lots of abstract geometrical free flow lines. (Photo: Adida Fallen Angel & Poet Young)

Despite his peregrinations, Khavous hasn't forgotten where he comes from. He often returns to Tel Aviv, with a trip planned for October in which he'll spend time making street art and working on other projects.

Adi Khavous often incorporates himself into his images. Here he is in a photo taken in Tel Aviv.Adi Khavous often incorporates himself into his images. Here he is in a photo taken in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Adida Fallen Angel)

But inevitably he'll return to Montreal, because for the first time since he set off from Israel to experience the rest of the world, it's a place he sees himself living for the long term.

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