The Issue of Street Art & Graffiti – Part I

The problematic of street art and graffiti has been a heavily discussed topic over the past years. There are two general points of view on these art movements. On one side stand people that admire the various creations of street art and graffiti and who perceive it as a real artistic expression. On the other side stand people that consider it vandalism on private or public property and who are therefore against calling it “real art”. On which side do you stand?


Read the whole article to find out more about these two movements:

 I.            Definition and the difference between Graffiti and Street art
II.            Influence on society
III.            Historical background

It would be illegal ~ Banksy

“It would be illegal” ~ By Banksy ~ Photo: banksy.co.uk

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Fintan Magee In Ukraine

A couple of days ago Australian street artist Fintan Magee created his fourth mural in Kyiv, Ukraine.

As a part of the Mural Social Club Festival that is taking place in Ukraine a world-known Australian street artist Fintan Magee decorated a 17-floor high building in Kyiv with the large-scale painting of a girl. The title of the artwork is ‘The visionary’.
The project was supported by International Charity Foundation called “Ukraine! I am for you!”.

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~ By Fintan Magee ~ Kyiv, Ukraine – Photo: Maksim Belousov

“For me street art and muralism have an important social purpose, and that is to bridge a gap between the general public and the gallery. If the art institutions become too focused on creating art for an educated elite they will become disconnected from the general public. That’s why I was so excited to work in Troeshyna, the neighborhood that is geographically disconnected from the center of Kyiv so it’s important that we also work here, this way we can integrate art into people’s everyday lives”, says Fintan.

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~ By Fintan Magee ~ Kyiv, Ukraine – Photo: Maksim Belousov

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Tribute to Gaudí

In August 2015 Greek artist Fikos created this mural in Barcelona, Spain in order to pay tribute to Gaudí.

On his website he shared:
“‘If nature is the work of God, and if architectural forms are derived from nature, then the best way to honor God is to design buildings based on his work.’
– Antoni Gaudí

A mural-tribute in the city that elected him as one of the brightest architects of all time.
Barcelona-Spain”

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~ By Fikos ~ Barcelona, Spain – Photo: fikos.gr

Fikos Barcelona

~ Fikos ~ Barcelona, Spain – Photo: fikos.gr


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Who Is Fikos?

Greek artist Fikos was born in 1987 in Athens, the city he still calls home. From a young age he painted whatever he saw around him – comics, landscapes, icons and more. At the age of 13 he started studying Byzantine painting under the guidance of George Kordis, with whom he later collaborated for 5 years painting murals in Orthodox churches, while at the same time developing his own personal painting style.

Having a background as both a graffiti artist and an iconographer in Orthodox Christian churches, Fikos is continuing his developmental journey by painting murals in public spaces. The value of these works is exceptional, as it is the first time that the monumental Byzantine technique meets a contemporary art form such as street art. The themes of his murals emanate from the Orthodox Christian tradition and ancient Greek mythology.

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~ By Fikos ~ Sovann Macha-Bangok, Thailand – Photo: fikos.gr

Fikos-Nicosia-Cyprus

~ By Fikos ~ Gorgo-Nicosia, Cyprus – Photo: fikos.gr

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Fikos In Ukraine

Greek street artist Fikos created the biggest Byzantine painting in the world.

As a part of the Mural Social Club Festival that is taking place in Ukraine a renowned Greek artist Fikos Antonios decorated a 16-floor high building in Kyiv with the world’s biggest Byzantine painting.
The name of the artwork is “Earth and Sky”.  “People you see are the personifications of the earth and the sky. The piece became the biggest artwork in history of the Greek art since ancient times. It is definitely the biggest Byzantine mural ever, it is three times higher than the chryselephantine statue of Zeus in Olympia, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world”, says Fikos.

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~ By Fikos ~ Kyiv, Ukraine – Photo: Maksim Belousov

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~ By Fikos ~ Kyiv, Ukraine – Photo: Maksim Belousov

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Who Is Borondo?

Gonzalo Borondo is a Spanish street artist and gratuate in fine arts. He started doing graffiti while studying in Madrid, Spain. At the beggining he did tags all around the city as well as the classic bombing on trains, however, he soon started experimenting with new techniques and new ways of expression.

On his Facebook page @borondoofficial he shared:
It ‘s easier to find me in the streets rather than online. I live in a dimension of “here and now” that enables me to have a more sincere approach, something that couldn’t be mediated by the screen.

I communicate through my art in a straightforward way, usually helped by the public nature of the great walls that host my work, directly involving me in the stories and in the surrounding space. I physically live what I do.
However, I can recognize a good means of communication even if it doesn’t suit me, neither by nature nor by method; I can see how useful it could be to share and, from experience, how dangerous it would be to let someone else use it in my place.

Borondo Lagos Portugal

~ By Borondo ~ Lagos, Portugal – Photo: Borondo on Facebook

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Who Is James Bullough?

James Bullough is an American born artist living in Berlin, Germany who is known for his large-scale murals. In his work he likes to combine realistic painting and graphic punctuation. He works with various mediums from oil, ink on canvas to spray paint.

Enjoy the gallery!


All photos from the artist’s website: jamesbullough.com.

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By James Bullough

American born artist James Bullough who is currently working and living in Berlin, Germany recently completed this amazing mural in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The mural has been painted for the Outerspace Project put on by GregMike and ABV Gallery.

~ By James Bullough ~ Atlanta, Georgia – Photo: streetartnews.net

~ By Jamea Bullough ~ Photo: streetartnews.ner

More info about James Bullough and his work tomorrow!


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BLU in Slovenia

A couple of days ago BLU finished his new mural on the Rog Factory in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Rog Factory (Tovarna Rog) is a squat in Ljubljana, Slovenia which has been occupied since 2006. Before the occupation it was an abandoned and decaying former bicycle factory that had stopped operating after the downfall of Yugoslavia.

“From 2006 till now diverse collectives and individuals found their space in Rog and restored parts of the complex to make a use of it through a self-organised actions with their own resources. There are various art/craft studios, an indoor skate park, a circus practise ground, a social centre, a gym and other infrastructures which are being used by a vast array of people.”

~ By BLU ~ Ljubljana, Slovenia – Photo: streetartnews.net

“Most of the spaces are open for public, and they organise/host many non-profit activities.The complex is located in the city centre, which the municipality of Ljubljana is trying to gentrify along with the rest of the down town area.

The Municipal plan proposed to demolish some parts of the complex and (re)build a new complex that would be used for profitable

purposes and for sterile institutionalized art spaces. The municipality notified the community of Rog that they need to leave or they are going to be evicted. After years of hard work, thousands of hours of autonomous initiative, and with no chances to carry on the activities somewhere else, Rog users decided to stay and protect their spaces.

On Monday, 6th of June at 03:15 in the morning, a security company hired by the municipality stormed into Rog with a bulldozer in order to ‘secure’ the space and to turn it into a construction site. This was a decree of the mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković. Despite of their violent and brutal approach the community of Rog managed to defend the place. Thanks to a direct action of few hundred people the security guards were pushed out from Rog the same day.”*

~ By BLU ~ Ljubljana, Slovenia – Photo: streetartnews.net

*info from streetartnews.net


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