Starting from 2014 fantastic murals began to decorate narrow lanes and wide avenues in different parts of the city. Over 50 walls have been decorated since that time by international street artists and many more are announced to be painted in 2016. Mural fever has arrived to Kiev and is here to stay.
Picturesque Ukrainian landscapes, lovely kids, historic figures and even patriotic scenes from outer space – dozens of colorful murals have sprung up in Ukrainian capital after the Revolution of Dignity. Over the last two years painters not only from Ukraine, but also from Spain, Argentina, Germany, Great Britain, Portugal, and even from Australia came to Kyiv to bring in some color to the city's streets.
40, Akademic Bulakhovskyy street, Kiev, by Alex Maksimov
87, Akademic Vernadskyy street, Kiev, by OKUDA (Spain)
114/2, Peremogy Avenue, Kiev, by Kenes Martinez Vanbergen (Spain)
95, Peremogy Avenue, Kiev, by Pantonio (Portugal)
73/1 Peremogy Avenue, Kiev, by UpTown (Ukraine)
Sergii Gryshkevych, the Ukrainian blogger, who currently lives in Sweden, has created an interactive map to explore the various murals decorating both narrow lanes and wide avenues in different parts of the city.
24A, Oles' Gonchar street, Kiev, by Oleksandr Grebenyuk (Ukraine)
12, Striletska street, Kiev, by Fintan Magee (Australia)
7B, Reytarska street, Kiev, by Oleksandr Brytsev (Ukraine)
7B, Academic Tupolev street, Kiev, by Oleksandr Korban (Ukraine)
The artists say that the murals give an opportunity to take art out of the gallery and bring it to the streets, giving ordinary people a chance to admire art in their everyday lives. In Ukraine street art serves one more important social purpose – it gives hope to Ukrainians that bright future still lies ahead and peace will eventually come to their country after years of turmoil.