Perhaps slightly less talked about, are the street artists of Eastern Europe. However, these amazing creative people are every bit as talented as their counterparts in the rest of the world.
The first street artist of Eastern Europe to be recognized is the Russian artist, the late Pasha P183. This amazingly talented artist died under mysterious circumstances at age 29. However, his many works of art are often compared to the UK street artist Banksy.
Pasha P183’s artwork is often politically charged, and highly contrary to what was considered “politically correct” in his country at the time. Pasha was known as a political activist, as well as a political artist. The whole of the Russian Street Art community went into mourning at the announcement of his death in 2013.
Another Russian street artist, Dmitri Vrubel is best known for his painting “My God Help Me Survive this Deadly Love,” which is located in East Berlin. It depicts Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in a “fraternal embrace” shortly after making an agreement in regards to East Germany and the Soviet Union supplying each other with various things (i.e. ships, nuclear warheads, etc.). Originally painting this on a section of the Berlin Wall in 1990, he was invited back in the early 2000’s to repaint it, as it had fallen victim to tagging, as well as the elements.
This Ukrainian duo is made up of artists AEC and Waone. These two are best known for their larger than life murals, bright colours, and their unusual and imaginative imagery. They have been working together for almost 15 years, however they officially formed their duo in 2004. They then fashioned a unique and memorable name for themselves. The name, Interesni Kazki, roughly translates to “interesting fairytales.” Their amazing murals can now be found all over the world, while both artists are currently residing in Kiev, Ukraine.
Another Ukraine street artist, Kislow is best known for his dream-like murals. His painting style is both surreal and 3-D looking, both making the mural almost seem to jump off the wall. However, if one were to look closely enough at his paintings, there is always a well hidden meaning behind them, be it political or otherwise.
This Croatian artist’s street murals can easily be recognized for their almost photo-like appearance. Lonac’s larger than life murals are often inspired by anything from skate parks and comic strips, to current events and politics. Amazingly, he paints all of his incredibly detailed murals with only cans of spray paint and brushes. His truly masterful technique with spray paint is very impressive. Not only has he taught himself to do this, but he has also found a way to use the various walls that he uses as his canvas into part of the mural, but Lonac has also taught himself how to incorporate existing graffiti into his work. Lonac’s works can now be seen and admired all around the world.
This talented street artist from Bulgaria’s work can easily be picked out in a crowd. Bozko (real name Bozhidar Simeonov) is not only famous for his murals, but also for illustrations, comic books, and set designs. His work can most accurately be described as “morbidly cute.” His unique works can be found all around his home city of Sofia in Bulgaria.
So, even though these street artists may not be as widely known about as artists in other parts of the world, the artwork they produce is in no way inferior.