How Falko One brightened up South Africa

Check out some weird and wonderful street art by the renowned hero of South Africa’s graffiti scene.
By Chris Parkin
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Falko One gets to work
Falko One hard at work in Victoria West, South Africa, in 2016.
Falko One gets to work Falko One hard at work in Victoria West, South Africa, in 2016. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool

Falko One is famous all over the world among street art aficionados. The South African spray-can maestro has been adding colour to cities around the globe with his distinctive work for three decades now, inspiring new generations of artists everywhere he goes. But he hasn't forgotten where he came from.

For the past six years, Falko One has been working on his ambitious Once Upon A Town project, bringing his iconic paintings to streets, townships and hard-to-reach locations across his homeland, brightening up local communities and helping them see their surroundings in a new light.

You can watch Falko One at work in Red Bull TV's series Once Upon A Town, which is available to watch right now. But first, get a taste for his work by scrolling through the eye-catching images below.

Falko One fishes for compliments
A fresh piece of art from Falko One.
Falko One fishes for compliments A fresh piece of art from Falko One, whose Once Upon A Town project saw him trying to uplift communities and change the locals' perception of their surroundings through the medium of street art. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
Falko One gets spraying in Tembisa, South Africa
Falko One gets spraying in Tembisa, South Africa, back in 2014.
Falko One gets spraying in Tembisa, South Africa Falko One paints one of his famous elephant artworks for the people of Tembisa, South Africa, to enjoy. © Anthony Bila / Red Bull Content Pool
The masked crusader
Another striking new artwork from South African street artist Falko One in Riebeek West, South Africa.
The masked crusader Another striking new artwork from South African street artist Falko One – in Riebeek West, South Africa. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
Falko One leaves his trail across South Africa
A snail painted by South African artist Falko One.
Falko One leaves his trail across South Africa As one of the pioneers of South African street art and graffiti, Falko One is famous for his unusual work, which is often inspired by nature and wildlife. You'll find this one in Riebeek West, South Africa. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
Falko One hops to it with this massive artwork
Falko One paints a grasshopper.
Falko One hops to it with this massive artwork Falko One has become an internationally revered street artist. You can see from this piece, in Riebeek West, South Africa, why his fans get hopping with excitement every time a new artwork appears. © Luke Daniel/Red Bull Content Pool
Falko One helped refurbish this house
Falko One paints a local resident's house.
Falko One helped refurbish this house Local resident Ta Shakes sits in front of his newly renovated home in Phakamisa, South Africa, which Falko One painted as part of his community-minded Once Upon A Town project in 2015. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
A house is not a home with a Falko One painting
Falko paints another house.
A house is not a home with a Falko One painting Falko One painted lots of homes as part of Once Upon A Town. Here he is working on a house on the outskirts of Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
Falko One weaves his magic across South Africa
Falko One brings this abandoned farm shed in Westminster, South Africa to life.
Falko One weaves his magic across South Africa Falko One brings this abandoned farm shed in Westminster, South Africa to life. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
Another of Falko One's happy customers
Falko uses Mrs K's house, in Andriesvale, South Africa, as his latest canvas
Another of Falko One's happy customers Falko One uses Mrs K's house, in Andriesvale, South Africa, as his latest canvas. We think Mrs K is pretty happy with it. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool
Falko One hearts the South African landscape
Falko One competes with some stunning views in the foothills of Transkei, Coffee Bay, South Africa.
Falko One hearts the South African landscape Falko One competes with some stunning views in the foothills of Transkei in Coffee Bay, South Africa. © Luke Daniel / Red Bull Content Pool

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