World-famous artists bring colorful murals to Ukraine’s concrete jungles

The Visionary
Author:  Fintan Magee

The Visionary
Author: Fintan Magee 

Culture, New Ukraine, Ukraine

Ugly and uglier. This is how the gray blocks in the districts of any big city can be described. However, over last two years, the gray districts in Kyiv are starting to surprise, with colorful murals springing up on otherwise boring highrises in different parts of the city.

Recently Euromaidan Press wrote about the project “Back to School” by the Mural Social Club, which brought new colors to school buildings around Ukraine for the start of the new school year. Now we want to keep you updated about the murals which appeared on ordinary buildings during last year.

They are part of the project Art United Us. It is an international project that collaborates through artistic and creative mediums with communities to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression, and violence. 200 walls will be decorated during the next 2 years, starting from Kyiv and without boundaries around the world.

Read also: World’s largest urban art project #ArtUnitedUs launches in Kyiv

This project is not just about producing a series of walls (murals), but instead, the creation of an entirely new history. As we know, the mural is a tremendous weapon and art will save the world,” say the organizers of the project.

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Simple Happiness Author: Javier Robledo (Spain) “The work is devoted to the ability to enjoy simple things, to see half full glass, but not half empty. It's about the fact that having nothing you can have everything.”

Simple Happiness
Author: Javier Robledo (Spain)
“The work is devoted to the ability to enjoy simple things, to see a glass half full, but not half empty. It’s about the fact that having nothing you can have everything.”

Present Authors: Innerfields

Les Z’arts de la Street

Author: Rustam Qbic “This is the work about a boy who sits near a sea during sunset – the time when you start to dream about distant countries located on the other side of seas and oceans. And you want just fly away.”

Author: Rustam Qbic
“This is the work about a boy who sits near a sea during sunset – the time when you start to dream about distant countries located on the other side of seas and oceans. And you want just to fly away.”

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Author: Emmanuel Jarus (Canada) “The open window on the work is a metaphor for opening your mind and heart to new ideas and concepts, spiritual development and balance.”

Author: Emmanuel Jarus (Canada)
“The open window on the work is a metaphor for opening your mind and heart to new ideas and concepts, spiritual development, and balance.”

Fluorine&Mallow Author: Fabio Petani (Italy) “The work consists of two conceptual things. The first is Mallow – traditional Ukrainian plant. The second fluorine - chemical element found in 1886. The translation of fluorine comes from Latin and means a stream of light. So the light is another common for both side.”

Fluorine&Mallow
Author: Fabio Petani (Italy)
“The work consists of two conceptual things. The first is a Mallow – traditional Ukrainian plant. The second is fluorine – a chemical element discovered in 1886. The translation of fluorine comes from Latin and means a stream of light. So the light is another common thing for both sides.”

Ukrainian Black Sea Author: Jake Aikman (South Africa) “The artist intuitively works with scale, focus and repetition to create pictures which cover mastery and ambiguity of an isolated moment.”

Ukrainian Black Sea
Author: Jake Aikman (South Africa)
“The artist intuitively works with scale, focus, and repetition to create pictures which cover mastery and ambiguity of an isolated moment.”

Author: Olivier Bonnard's (Canada) The mural combines the role of Cossacks in the historical and cultural development of Ukraine and the consequences of human impact on the Black Sea

Author: Olivier Bonnard’s (Canada)
The mural combines the role of Cossacks in the historical and cultural development of Ukraine and the consequences of human impact on the Black Sea

Author: Dima Fatum The huge wall tells a surreal picture-story about the historical and contemporary context of the Kharkiv neighbourhood, the second-largest city in Ukraine. The composition is filled with a variety of Ukrainian traditional characters, each of which illustrates this area.

Author: Dima Fatum
The huge wall tells a surreal picture-story about the historical and contemporary context of a neighborhood in Kharkiv, the second-largest city of Ukraine. The composition is filled with a variety of Ukrainian traditional characters, each of which illustrates this area.

Shelter Author: Paola Delfin “I believe besides any difficulty in life we all have a shelter to turn up to, I painted this wall thinking of that idea, I come from a country which is a beautiful place but is going trough some difficult moments, same as Ukraine, so no matter which kind of trouble are going on, there is always a place of peace, even if everything seems dark, I chose to paint this black and white and cut it in two pieces, because I believe beauty can present itself in the darkest moments, is just how we choose to see things, which can change it all, is a matter of perspective.”

Shelter
Author: Paola Delfin
“I believe besides any difficulty in life we all have a shelter to turn up to, I painted this wall thinking of that idea, I come from a country which is a beautiful place but is going trough some difficult moments, same as Ukraine, so no matter which kind of trouble is going on, there is always a place of peace, even if everything seems dark, I chose to paint this black and white and cut it in two pieces, because I believe beauty can present itself in the darkest moments, is just how we choose to see things, which can change it all, is a matter of perspective.”

Present Authors: Innerfields

Present
Authors: Innerfields

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Instability Author: INO (Greece) His work is depicting a ballerina dancing over a bomb and has the title “instability”. Inspired by the recent situation in Ukraine, the painting is criticizing the failure of coexistence between people on earth.

Instability
Author: INO (Greece)
His work depicts a ballerina dancing over a bomb and has the title “instability.” Inspired by the recent situation in Ukraine, the painting is criticizing the failure of people on earth to coexist.

The Impact Of Discovery Author: Li-Hill This piece speaks to two influential discoveries within the last two centuries.

The Impact Of Discovery
Author: Li-Hill
This piece speaks to two influential discoveries within the last two centuries.

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  • rgb

    What beautiful artwork, have always had admiration for people with artistic talents.

  • zorbatheturk

    I think a picture of a six meter crocodile swallowing Putin would make a great mural.

    • Eddy Verhaeghe

      Ukraine doesn’t need such street art.

      Ukrainians are wise enough to put nicer things on their houses and other buildings. That way they show to the rest of the world that their country is worth a visit 😉

  • Eddy Verhaeghe

    Each of my visits to Kyiv, the street art that adorns buildings drew my attention. And each time I spread Ukraine’s ‘gospel’ by posting some of that street art on Facebook.