In Romania, the street art has appeared after 1989 in the period of transition to democracy. With the infestation of the art with the new Pop, Hip-Hop “art subculture” the new emerging graffiti artists tried to imitate their American and European colleges and beside the big cities the street art took by surprise the small urban centres also. The social and ecological protest has finished in different graffiti artworks as “Basarabia Romanian land” or “Save Rosia Montana”.
Between 2011 and 2013, the artist Dan Raul Pintea painted graffiti in hundreds of buildings in Romania and Europe, as part of the project “Love”. He was not charged with any felony, and the project becomes his brand and did go viral on the internet.
Dan Raul Pintea in Vimeo
In 2015, Obie Platon, who graduated from The University of Architecture in Bucharest, produced some murals for the exhibit named Humanutopia and his work was exposed in The Parliament Palace in Bucharest. The exhibit was the result of one year of work, classical painting techniques, contemporary art, with a theme inspired from everyday life of our society, with different types of human beings, using different symbols and contemporary motifs. The driving concept behind the whole work was that “people are living into an aquarium reality, an illusion built, sometimes imposed, which is limiting them but ironically is accepted by them.” And it’s much easier to accept the everyday rules and ignore your own thoughts and ideas, but to survive you need to have plans for the future and aspirations.
Obie Platon, Last Super, collaboration with Irlo and Kero, The Parliament Palace Exhibit in Bucharest.
Outside on a street in Bucharest (corner Verona with Dionisie Lupu), it’s a long wall with a big mural on it, named Don Quixote and the windmills, showing the effects of technology on the world and people around us. The artist is also Obie Platon.
Obie Platon and the NOM Crew, Don Quixote and the windmills.
The Portuguese artist Vhils created a mural on a wall in the campus of National University of the Arts, in Bucharest on Calea Grivitei Street, representing the famous Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi. Vhils (Alexandre Farto) was born in Portugal in 1987. He studied at the University of the Arts in London, and he is well known for the “carved” street art in London which was already published. His speciality is “relief portraits”, human faces carved and drilled into “plaster and brick” walls. Alexandre Farto begins his carving process with chisels, hammers, drills, etching acid, bleach, and other tools. He removes old plaster and wall dirt to bring to light the poetry of human faces, exactly how Brancusi portrait was done.
Vhils (Alexandre Farto), Constantin Brancusi portrait, The National University of Art, Bucharest, 28, Calea Grivitei.
Sweet Damage Crew is a team of street artists, who is bringing colour and innovation to obscure sometimes grey walls and makes Romania’s cities, in special Bucharest, a better place to live, changing the face of the buildings. On the street General Eremia Grigorescu in Bucharest is one of their murals: Make a Point.
Sweet Damage Crew, Make a Point, General Eremia Grigorescu Street, Bucharest.
The association Quantic has facilitated in 2014 the apparition of the platform Urban Collectors, which is an interactive platform able to help the street art artists to find new projects, opportunities, publications, festivals, books, documentaries and organize an open dialogue between the street artists and the communities in different cities. In 2015, in Bucharest was put together the first library of street art in Europe with over 100 publications (contemporary art, books, magazines, e-books, articles, and newspapers).
Author: Rozalia Mos