Many see it as vandalism, others as art, but one thing is for sure: the genre of street art can be found in countless cities in Central Europe, coloring urban life and public spaces with individual, often provocative works. One street artwork stands out from its surroundings with colors, while another blends into them, but there are also some that are only discovered by those truly watchful. A regional selection of a divisive and diverse genre follows.
Grotesque fairy tale scene in Warsaw | Warsaw, Poland
Italian artist Diego Miedo received special help in creating this mural, which animates a fairytale-like, but grotesque and unique character mural: local schoolchildren seized a brush to paint next to him.
Mixture of art and street art | Ljubljana, Slovenia
It’s hard to separate the works here, but that might not even matter. One of the most colorful areas of Ljubljana is Metelkova, an autonomous cultural center where alternative street art, music and the arts meet. Here, it doesn’t matter where you come from, and the encounter of different works creates an almost unified picture. The images and the walls belong together—just like the creators there.
Hungarian pop culture | Budapest, Hungary
0036 Mark draw inspiration for their works from movies and cartoons of the eighties and nineties. The mixture of Hungarian and international pop culture references and different worlds creates a lovable and humorous imagery with which we can all identify.
The strange and bizarre side of Prague | Prague, Czech Republic
Walking through the streets of Prague, we find plenty of works in the genre, and if we see one among them that is provocative, divisive and unusual, we could easily have stumbled upon the creation of the Czech sculptor David Černý. The installation Babies was commissioned and you can get a nearer view of three in Kampa Park in addition to the nine dolls climbing up the Žižkov Television Tower.
Cheerful multiplex | Kyiv, Ukraine
Egle Zvirblyte was commissioned by a cinema chain to paint a poster in Kyiv. The poster is explosively colorful and humorous, and instead of advertising, it reflects the identity represented by the brand.