The amazing Street Art of Athens.

Street Art Athens
Street Art Athens


Graffiti, the art of communication, has always existed in Greece; the word itself is Greek, meaning;

 “To write”

Over the last five years or so, Street Art, has exploded in Athens, some saying that it is now “The European Street Art Capital”

 A serious rival for Berlin!

Every surface is being used as a canvas; this is not just mindless spray painting, it is the voice of the people, a form of expression.



"Mirror mirror, which persona shall I wear today?"
"Mirror mirror, which persona shall I wear today?"




Panos Sklavenitis Street Art Athens
Panos Sklavenitis Street Art Athens
"No Signal"


Street Art Athens. Artist "Hope"
Street Art Athens. Artist "Hope"



It is being used, to draw attention to the social and economic situation and to the unemployment, recently created by the Greek financial crisis.


It is political, it is artistic, it is optimism, it is hope, and it is unique.



Street Art Athens
Street Art Athens
Photos by Beckie Enright   http://www.bordersofadventure.com/


Some see it as vandalism, others, as art, as a window through which to look and to understand Athens and her people, local life and history.



Dimitris Taxis Street Art Athens
Dimitris Taxis Street Art Athens



Who are these artistic activists?


They are not vandals, rioters and anarchists; they are “normal” people, with “normal” professions, living “normal” lives.


Take MaPet for instance, by day, he is a dentist, and by night, he roams around Athens, attaching to walls, stencils he has created with his dental drill.

MaPet, had become so enraged by the rise of the Neo Nazis in Greece and Europe that he had to do something, this is how he protests.




MaPet, Street Art Athens
MaPet, Street Art Athens


Bleeps.gr, a pseudonym used by Greek street artist and his helpers, he started in Bristol U.K in 2003, his work, used as a weapon of influence, is now recognized all over Athens.
Bleeps. gr, calls his work:


 “ A social diary on public display”



Bleeps.gr Street Artist Athens
Bleeps.gr Street Artist Athens




Bleeps.gr Street Artist Athens
Bleeps.gr Street Artist Athens



Bleeps.gr Street Artist Athens
Bleeps.gr Street Artist Athens


The Krah, (In Greek, the crash or collapse of a government, usually from corruption or from economical reasons), studied graphic design at university in Greece and later, the U.K.

“ In 1997” Krah says,” it was very difficult as an artist to get your work shown in galleries, our art wasn't considered  art, so we made the streets our galleries”




The Krah Street Artist Athens
The Krah Street Artist Athens


Fikos, born in Athens, started painting at a very young age; at the age of thirteen he began studying Byzantine art, and later, for a five year period, painted murals in Greek churches.
His work has been shown all over the world.




Fikos Street Artist Athens
Fikos Street Artist Athens


Fikos Street Artist Athens
 Fikos Street Artist Athens


Fikos Greek Street Artist in Limerick Ireland
Fikos Greek Street Artist in Limerick Ireland


Absent, is the Greek answer to the U.K’s Banksy!

He first began with posters, and then with large stencils, his work, which is profoundly political, has a very similar style to Banksy’s, he has also kept his identity hidden.




Absent Street Artist Athens
Absent Street Artist Athens



Absent Street Artist Athens
Absent Street Artist Athens


Sonke started his Street Art career at the age of eleven; his iconic images are some of my favourite.



Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens
Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens

The story is quite sad, his girlfriend, whom he adored, abandoned him, leaving him heartbroken.
Ever since, he has walked in her footsteps, along the route she takes to work, the road she takes  home, covering the walls with images of her,

 “The Sad Princess”

The Sad Princess always has her eyes closed, on being asked why, Sonke replied:

‘I’m not very good at painting eyes”




Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens
Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens



Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens
Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens




Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens
Sonke Greek Street Artist Athens


STMTS (Stamatis), studied at The Athens School of Fine Arts, he is very sensitive towards the plight of immigrant children, as you can see when looking at his work, which is usually “Paste-ups”, paper stuck to walls.



STMTS Street Artist Athens
STMTS Street Artist Athens



STMTS Street Artist Athens
STMTS Street Artist Athens



STMTS Street Artist Athens
STMTS Street Artist Athens



STMTS Street Artist Athens
STMTS Street Artist Athens



WD (Wild Drawing) is a Balinese Street Artist, currently living and painting in Athens.




WD (Wild Drawing) Balinese Street Artist Athens
WD (Wild Drawing) Balinese Street Artist Athens
Photo by Beckie Enright  http://www.bordersofadventure.com/



WD (Wild Drawing) Balinese Street Artist Athens
WD (Wild Drawing) Balinese Street Artist Athens


WD (Wild Drawing) Balinese Street Artist Athens
WD (Wild Drawing) Balinese Street Artist Athens



Mora, is one of the very few spray painter women Street Artists in Athens, her work is easily recognized, it’s rather feminine in style.



Mora Street Artist Athens
Mora Street Artist Athens


iNO who was  born in Athens and studied at The Athens School of Fine Art, creates the most enormous murals, often covering  whole sides of apartment buildings.



iNO  "Access control" Street Art Athens
iNO  "Access control" Street Art Athens




ino "Clockwork" Street Art Athens
iNO "Clockwork" Street Art Athens




iNO Street Art Athens
iNO Street Art Athens




iNO Street Art Athens
iNO Street Art Athens




iNO "Last Hope" Street Art Athens
iNO "Last Hope" Street Art Athens




Alexandros Vasoumakis, born 1980 in Athens, is well known for his characteristic images, and for arranging “Urban Artists Intermission”, held in a large industrial loft in Thisseon, Athens and attended by many international Street Artists.



Alexandros Vasoumakis Street Art Athens
Alexandros Vasoumakis Street Art Athens



Alexandros Vasoumakis Street Art Athens
Alexandros Vasoumakis Street Art Athens



Alexandros Vasoumakis Street Art Athens
Alexandros Vasoumakis Street Art Athens



Alexandros Vasoumakis. Street art Athens.
Alexandros Vasoumakis. Street art Athens.



Alexandros Vasoumakis. Street art Athens.
Alexandros Vasoumakis. Street art Athens.


Many of these artists started out with a can of spray paint and a wall, they are now being commissioned to paint large pieces, costing from five hundred to two thousand Euros.


Their work can be seen mainly in the “Alternative Athens”, the areas of Exarchia (Site of the polytechnic uprising 1973), Monastiraki, Psirri, Metaxourgeio (Here is the yearly colour festival, where Street Artists are invited to visit and paint for free) and Gazi, an up and coming district around a former gas factory.



  "Oh modern art, with whom do you walk hand in hand?" Street Art Athens
"Oh modern art, with whom do you walk hand in hand?"
Street Art Athens



  "Love is a riot"  Street Art Athens
"Love is a riot"  Street Art Athens


  Kretsis & M.Anastasakos Street Art Athens
Kretsis & M.Anastasakos Street Art Athens




Manolis Iliopoulos is an Athenian who arranges Street Art Tours around this area of “Alternative Athens”

Manolis will take you to see Street Art that you would never see as an ordinary tourist.

Find Manolis here at DOPIOS

Finally, I don’t think anyone has not seen or heard of Loukanikos, the famous Athens protest dog.

He was so famous; he even made it onto the cover of “Time” magazine!



“All Dogs Go To Heaven” Loukianis, famous Athens protest dog.
“All Dogs Go To Heaven”
Loukanikos, famous Athens protest dog.



When he died, he was immortalized with the image named:

“All Dogs Go To Heaven”

See Loukanikos in action HERE.



Loukanikos, riot dog. Athens. Person of the year .Time magazine.





I would love to hear your thoughts about this spectacular Street Art in Athens.

What do you think?

Is it vandalism or art?


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8 comments:

  1. I feel like I've just been taken on a tour.Brilliant stuff*.* This is art, , definitely.Tinoushka

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    1. Would love to try out the tour by "Dopios"!
      Susan.x

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  2. Great, I passed the link on to my children.
    I am surprised I have only seen one of these examples of graffiti
    Hilary

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    1. And there is so much more Hilary, I have only shown well known stuff,(and only a fraction of that") I could have gone on forever,and had you scrolling down until kingdom come!!!
      Susan.x

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  3. What street is the all dogs go to heaven wall located on? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Darryl,
      Have been searching for ages to find out on which street in Athens the fantastic "all dogs go to heaven" graffiti is, the only thing I found is that it is located in the Psiri area of Athens, hope this helps.
      Susan. x

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