fbpx
Connect with us

DailyArtMagazine.com – Art History Stories

The Best Street Art in Athens, Greece

INO, The Last Supper, 2019, Athens, Greece. Artist's instagram page.

Street Art

The Best Street Art in Athens, Greece

Athens is a strange city. On the one hand, you can see the monuments and relics of Ancient Greece that stand haughtily and imposingly. On the other hand, you have the rest of the city, which is a full industrial landscape. Constructions with no aesthetics, so close to each other that they feel suffocating. However, there are some hidden art gems on these mainly ugly buildings. Murals and street art are big in Greece since they often address political and social issues and the country suffers from many. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any murals just for the aesthetics. On the contrary, some are there to celebrate beauty by coloring the everyday life of the citizens. Below you will find the best street art in Athens. If you have ever been to the city some will definitely have caught your attention, they are huge!

Knowledge Speaks, Wisdom Listens

This owl mural is probably the most iconic of Athens. It is located in the area of Metaxourgeio, at Samou and Konstantinou Palaiologou streets. The artist is Wild Drawing (WD), a painter and muralist from Bali, based in Athens. The owl is a symbol of wisdom. It was also the symbol of the ancient Greek Goddess Athena, who gave her name to the city.

The Best Street Art in Athens. WD, Knowledge Speaks, Wisdom Listens, 2016,Samou and Konstantinou Palaiologolou street, Athens.
WD, Knowledge Speaks, Wisdom Listens, 2016, Samou and Konstantinou Palaiologolou street, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.

WD is a well-known street artist. Thus the owl isn’t his only mural in Athens. He has created several works, usually with political meanings. Nevertheless, some have fantasy-related themes, with beautiful magic elements.

Street Art: WD, Enough is Enough, 2013, Athens, Greece.
WD, Enough is Enough, 2013, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
WD, Controlled, 2014, Athens, Greece. Artist's instagram page.
WD, Controlled, 2014, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
WD, House of Venom, 2017, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou, Athens.
WD, House of Venom, 2017, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
WD, Blessing, 2019, 10, Tsiller street, Athens, Greece. Artist's instagram page.
WD, Blessing, 2019, 10, Tsiller street, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.

So Many Books, So Little Time

The Best Street Art in Athens. SimpleG, So many books, so little time, 2019, 2, Megalou Alexandrou street, Athens.
SimpleG, So many books, so little time, 2019, 2, Megalou Alexandrou street, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.

When this huge mural by SimpleG first appeared in a neighborhood in Metaxourgeio, it became the talk of the city. The exact location is 2, Megalou Alexandrou street. It so beautifully executed and elegant that even those who don’t like street art couldn’t take their eyes off of it. So it is only fair to consider it in the best street art in Athens. The artwork depicts a young woman reading her book. She is wearing a long skirt with her knee exposed. Also she has a pile of books next to her and a dainty background.

The artist created this mural as part of the Petite Paris Festival, a festival that brings French culture to the streets of Athens through various artistic events. It comments on society’s constantly growing mania for using phones, tablets, any kind of technology actually. At the same time, people forget to read books and educate themselves. Even though this is a correct reading of this artwork, there is another one, a hidden message. The theme of the Petite Paris Festival that year was Cabarets of the World. Metaxourgeio is a renowned red-light district of Athens. SimpleG painted the mural to create a contrast with the associations that normally come with cabarets and sex workers. The girl is transported through reading to another, higher world. Thus the art is meant for the sex workers who see it and to inspire them in general.

SimpleG is an artist based in Athens. He has created beautiful murals across the country, of which many have gigantic dimensions.

Street Art: SimpleG, Trapped generation, 2016, Nikaia, Athens
SimpleG, Trapped generation, 2016, Nikaia, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
SimpleG, Save your future, 2014, Athens.
SimpleG, Save your future, 2014, Athens. Artist’s instagram page.

Make Love, Not War

The Best Street Art in Athens. Alex Martinez, Kez & Same84 of UrbanAct, Make love, not war, 2014,Voutadon street, Gkazi, Athens.
Alex Martinez, Kez & Same84 of UrbanAct, Make love, not war, 2014, Voutadon street, Gkazi, Athens, Greece. UrbanAct.

UrbanAct is a collective that promotes art and alternative forms of culture, such as public mural art, graffiti, street art, etc. It organizes festivals and events, and it creates outdoor wall paintings, as a way to make cities more beautiful and to give a breath of fresh air. Make Love, Not War is a big mural, located at Voutadon street in Gazi, a very central area in Athens. UrbanAct has created several murals not only in Athens but in several parts of Greece and abroad.

Manomatic for UrbanAct, Quixote, 2018, 1 Stenimachou street, Athens.
Manomatic for UrbanAct, Quixote, 2018, 1 Stenimachou street, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
Apset & Same84 of UrbanAct, Silo, 2014, Pireus, Athens.
Apset & Same84 of UrbanAct, Silo, 2014, Pireus, Athens, Greece. UrbanAct.

A Drunk Monk?

When you look at him, he really does seem to be drunk because of the blurry lines. The artist, Insane51, is based in Athens but works internationally. Lucky for us some of his beautiful murals can be found in the city.

The Best Street Art in Athens. Insane51, Monk, 2016, Athens.
Insane51, Monk, 2016, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
Insane51, Tiger, 2015, Kimis and Attiki Odos motorway, Irakleio, Athens, Greece. Artist's instagram page.
Insane51, Tiger, 2015, Kimis and Attiki Odos motorway, Irakleio, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
Insane51, Troll Barber, 2016, 46 Kifisias boulevard, Irakleio, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.

The Last Supper

The Best Street Art in Athens. INO, The Last Supper, 2019, Athens.
INO, The Last Supper, 2019, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.

INO is another amazing artist whose big murals decorate the city of Athens. The Last Supper is gigantic, it is 90 metres long. There are 11 figures eating money, meanwhile time hands from the bottom try to reach the table. The seat where Jesus would normally sit is empty and in the background Acropolis is visible. Just above it, there is a slash of blue. The blue splash element is present in most of his works, if not in all.

INO, Somebody Is Watching You, 2020, Athens, Greece. Artist's instagram page.
INO, Somebody Is Watching You, 2020, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.
INO, Apocalypse now, 2020, Athens, Greece. Artist's instagram page.
INO, Apocalypse Now, 2020, Athens, Greece. Artist’s instagram page.

If only we could show more of the best street art in Athens, but we would write for hours! So, if you ever travel to Athens, make sure to keep your eyes open and often look higher than your point of view. You will find amazing art that makes the city more beautiful, more alternative, artsier!


Stay in Athens with these articles:

Errika has a master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary History and dreams of becoming a curator. She writes articles about modern and contemporary art, fashion, and cinema. In her free time, she sculpts and paints miniatures and reads books.

Comments

More in Street Art

  • Art Travels

    Beyond the National Gallery and Tate: Best London Art Museums

    By

    All of the art museums in London have free entry and also host excellent exhibitions worth their ticket prices. Some may be well known locations, and others more niche, but all are beautiful and brilliant. Famous Artworks in Famous and Fabulous Places The National Gallery, The...

  • 21st century

    Online Art Travels: An Ultimate Banksy City Guide for 2021

    By

    Nowadays everyone knows Banksy. They actually only know his name and his art, since he still remains anonymous. Many wrote and write about him, his identity, his artistic portfolio, and the meanings behind it. This article would be different – it aspires to be an art...

  • Art Travels

    The Most Colorful Places in the World

    By

    Whether colors represent environmental phenomena, human history, or personal freedom, there are canvases that exist beyond an artist’s studio. Mountains, lakes, buildings, and gardens are some of the most colorful places in the world. Let us hope this collection of colorful landscapes inspires you to visit...

  • Architecture

    Choose Your Destination: Best Vacation Spots for Art History Lovers

    By

    As we are all in the full swing of summer and ready to explore, we look at the best destinations to visit for art history lovers during vacation. Get ready to add to your bucket list of travel! Destination: Italy Italy, as a whole, provides a...

  • Roma, Antoni Kozakiewicz, Kartomantka, 1884 Roma, Antoni Kozakiewicz, Kartomantka, 1884

    Art History 101

    Remarkable Roma – Astonishing Works By and About Gypsy and Traveller People

    By

    Think of Gypsies or Roma people in art – what comes to mind? When we look to traditional art history, it is really rather disappointingly scarce. If Roma people are depicted at all, it is with a romantic fascination for beautiful and passionate women in exotic...

To Top