Read, Write, Run, Roam

Graffiti in Belgrade-and Beyond


Belgrade is known for its graffiti, which can be both good and bad. Bad because much of it is uninspiring (or worse, gang-related) and good because you can see original art, political commentary, or just something to make you smile.  Most of the graffiti artists are Serbian, but I recently came across a mural by a Polish artist whose murals are in museums and on walls all over the world. Mariusz Waras’ mural is off of Kneza Milosa by the Canadian Embassy:

The mural is part of a 2009 Belgrade Arts Festival project. Waras, whose project or perhaps alter-ego is called M-City, has done similar work in Poland, Spain, Germany and Ireland. Not bad company for Serbia. Here’s a closer look at the mural:

You can see the artists’ other works here.

I found a little information on Belgrade street art at the excellent Vandalog blog, but I’d love to find a blog solely dedicated to Belgrade’s Banksys. Since I haven’t found one, I might have to console myself with a copy of Street Art Love, a photo essay of Belgrade’s more notable graffiti.

If you have any interest in Belgrade or graffiti art, it’s worth picking up a copy at Belgrade’s Supermarket store or on Amazon.com. I guarantee it will be one of the more interesting coffee table books you own.

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8 responses

  1. Agnieszka

    Dear RHOB,

    Yeah it’s hard to find any news/blogs about street art in BG. FATCAP website has few crews registered but the pics of their art are a bit old now. The newest info about graffiti you can find on:
    http://blog.bombit-themovie.com/2011/08/da-bomb-summer-2011-in-serbia-tkv/
    TKV is a girl who does graffiti in BG and she’s pretty good at this. If you use Tweeter her name is Kraljica Vila….
    Also I would recommend this
    http://belgradestreetart.tumblr.com/ ………..if you haven’t seen it yet.
    Urban Art it’s my cup of tea 🙂 🙂

    September 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  2. Great resources, thanks! I’ve seen TKK’s work around BGD, but I didn’t realize it was a woman. Cool.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm

  3. Great resources, thanks! I’ve seen TKV’s work around BGD but didn’t realize she was a woman. I imagine there aren’t many women graffiti artists. Cool!

    September 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

  4. Awesome links! You readers are the best.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm

  5. Joanna

    You might want to check this out too: https://www.facebook.com/goldalongthebanks

    September 29, 2011 at 3:58 am

  6. Agnieszka

    Also this website is quite useful about graffiti

    http://serbianunderground.com/grafiti/

    September 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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