Artist: Hoxxoh, Photo: by Edel Mohr


About Caratoes

Based out of: Hong Kong
Born in Belgium, based in Hong Kong, Caratoes is a street artist, illustrator, and “space designer” whose characters can be envisioned living and interacting with the environment they are painted in. Educated in biochemistry and game design, Caratoes’ uniquely recognizable artwork can be seen from Singapore to Taiwan to Canada.

About the Mural

This mural is at 2125 1st Avenue South, on the east side facing 21st Street South. It’s titled, On the Road, by the Hong Kong artist Caratoes.

The mural covers a large two-story horizontal wall, in peaceful shades of grey. 66 feet wide by 21 feet high. A dark grey woman’s face takes up the center, abstracted into separate parts – an ear, an eye, another eye – a third. Full, dark grey lips and an interested, engaged expression, as if she just recognized someone across the street.

Her face takes up most of the mural, so large that the top of her head is cut short by the roof. She’s turned slightly, looking north toward Central Avenue. Each separate element of her face is beautiful and calm.

Her image is rising out of buffeting waves of dark water, and on the left, highways, thrust up in the air like rollercoasters. Lacy grey waves splash her nose and frame her eyes, all three of them. The cloudy top half of the mural gives a hint of the original bare concrete wall, weathered and smudged by years of sun and rain. The only color is abstract curves and circles of palest pink, scattered in the grey.

The highways unfurling on the left, and the title, On the Road, are inspired by St Petersburg resident Jack Kerouac’s classic novel.

The artist, Caratoes, was born in Belgium, but is based now in Hong Kong. With a background in biochemistry and video game design, she’s a street artist, illustrator and “space designer” whose characters seem able to interact with the environment they’re painted in.

The woman’s face is peaceful, as she gazes over warehouses and parking lots, toward Central Avenue.

Further down this block is the St Petersburg Opera. And behind you, across 21st Street South, is another mural, an enormous octopus sprawling along the alley.

Title: On the Road

Address: 2125 1st Ave S

Building: Bright Wood Works

Installation Date: 2016

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Jared Wright2021

Bakpak Durden2021

Nicole Salgar2021

Ricky Watts2021


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Jason Harvin2021

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Michael Fatutoa2021

Emily Ding2021

Reid Jenkins2021

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Lili Yuan2020

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Taylor White2019


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Angela Faustina2018

Bekky Beukes2018

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Melanie Posner2018


J and S Signs2018

Sarah Page2018

Nomad Clan2018


Cecilia Lueza2018

Matt Kress2018

Michael Vahl2018

Noirs One2018


Justin Wagher2018


Matthew Hoffman2018


Joram Roukes2017

Jose Mertz2017

Stephen Palladino2017

Yok and Shero2017

Herbert Scott Davis2017


Lauren YS2017

Mikael B2017

ZuluPainter and Thirst2017

Axel Void and L.E.O.2017

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Sam Yong2017

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