Murals - The Illustrated Side of Bucharest #2

Let's follow Ramona in an illustrative guide to a Bucharest we have yet to see. This time 'round we go on a hunt for the freshly painted murals of the city, let's check it out! 

Published by Guest on 14/02/2018

In 2017 we have seen local illustration taking over basically everything one can imagine: from book covers to ceramic plates to silk scarves, quirky toys, playing cards and real cars, wearables and breakables, walls and windows, chairs and pillows, buses and sidewalks. In a community where illustration has forever since been the synonym of 'children’s books,' it has finally ventured some steps beyond and discovered the many other forms it can take. 

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Lente Dionisie Lupu Sorina Vazelina

As Bucharest is still the most spoiled city in Romania regarding the number of exhibitions, art fairs, shops and events dedicated to illustration, here goes a short recap of some of the most recent illustration happenings around: 

FRESH MURALS IN BUCHAREST

Some walls in Bucharest got themselves some pretty colorful makeovers in 2017:

In a Relationship Murals – the colorful results of a campaign that mapped for the first time the domestic violence lurking in the relationships between Romanian teenagers. The drawings are still up on the walls on Arthur Verona Street, painted during the Street Delivery festival.

Photos © In a Relationship, Artists: Alina Marinescu, Wanda Hutira
Photo (Bottom-left) © In a Relationship, Artist: Livia Fălcaru

HEDOF in Bucharest – Dutch illustrator Rick Berkelmans 'Hedof' was the guest artist invited by Visual Playground to create a new mural in Bucharest during the 2017 edition of the festival. It’s one of the prettiest walls in the city now, though still hidden from the public eye until the opening of the terrace at the University of Architecture.

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Hedofvp2017 Foto Catalin Georgescu

Photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

Lente Murals - a creative initiative which resulted in several real sweet mural interventions in the house that hosts one of the nicest get together places in the city – Lente. 

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Mural Lente Dionisie Lupu Kitra
A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Mural Lente Dionisie Lupu Kitra2

Photos © Lente, Artist: Kitra

Golden Frame – over the last couple of months, local artists (like Saddo, Kitra & co) have been invited by Atelier 030202 to fill in the blank of the golden frame installed at the gallery entrance.

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Mural Golden Frame Saddo

Artist: Saddo

Giants of Pantelimon by Make a Point - the reconversion of former industrial spaces through cultural interventions is on a roll in Bucharest. Former factories are now finally brought to a second life by being transformed into contemporary gallery spaces, screening rooms, concert halls or creative hubs. 

Last year, the NGO that focuses on bringing art projects more close to the community of this peripheral neighbourhood invited a number of both local and international artists to paint several huge murals on the roofs around the former water tower (now the Art Tower). The artworks were inspired by real stories about the neighbourhood collected from the locals:

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Make A Point Giants Of Pantelimon 2017 Mural By Ella Pitr

Photo © Make a Point

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Make A Point Giants Of Pantelimon 2017 Mural Photo By Nomado

Photo & Artwork by Nomado

A City Made By People Bucharest Illustrated Mural Make A Point Giants Of Pantelimon 2017 Mural Photo By Robert Obert

Artwork by Robert Obert

Words by Ramona Chirica of Studio Receptor 

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