“Mother and Daughter”- Reka’s two latest murals in Kiev were influenced by Kiev’s unique architecture and especially the Large monument “Mother of Motherland”
Kiev is currently hosting a large public art program titled Art United Us, curated by Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva and Waone Interesni Kazki. One of the recent artists that visited Ukranian capital in order to participate in this project was Spanish painter Sebas Velasco.
For this piece the artist put together a collage of images that he noticed and liked around Kiev – the architecture, the lettering used, local graffiti, lights, signs and colors of the night. Strongly influenced by the realistic painters from the beginning of 20th century, the works is sort of a nod to the local masters such as Ilia Repin or Mykola Pymonenko. In that sense Velasco accents his painterly technique, the marks of the brush, the use of color, the line, density and texture, over the image or the meaning of it. With the main character being one of the locals that invited the artist and his friend over for a dinner, the mural was also a thank you gesture to the kind stranger.
Photo credit by Geo Leros
Li-Hill’s latest mural in Kiev, ‘The Impact of Discovery’
Painted on the Cultural Center of Ukraine’s largest science and technical school, (Kiev Polytechnical Institute) this piece speaks to two influential discoveries within the last two centuries.
The ongoing mural project Art United Us recently produced some fresh new public works in Ukrainian capital. One of them is this vibrant piece by Belgian artist Smates, titled “A Flamenco in Kyiv”.
Depicting a pink flamenco bird submerging under water and creating a splash with his image, the mural continues Smates’ series of work that play with underwater effect and hyper-realism. Placed on a wall that used to host billboard advertisements, this work is anexample of what this festival is trying to achieve – battle the abundance of adds in public space by creating fresh work by world’s leading urban and street artists. Along with that the idea of the festival is to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence worldwide. With this in mind, the organizers and curators Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva, Waone Interesni Kazki and Ilya Sagaidak are aiming to produce 200 walls over a period of 2 years, starting from Kiev and around the world.