Definition of sidewalk artist in US English:

sidewalk artist


North American
  • 1A person who draws pictures with coloured chalks, crayons, etc., on the surface of a sidewalk to earn money from passers-by.

  • 2An artist who creates or sells his or her work in the street or other public space, especially one producing portraits or caricatures of passers-by.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in World (New York).