Ilias Papailiakis THe Kiss

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Festival Mural Art European The Kiss” (2019), a deeply anthropocentric work -created by the internationally recognized Greek artist, Ilias Papailiakis- was recently transformed into a 22 meters high mural to emphasize the value of human contact, especially in times of isolation, such as the one we are currently going through due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Festival Mural Art European The artwork – which adorns the wall of an apartment building in the heart of Metaxourgio area -is the first of a large-scale works series curated by Christopher Marinos, Art historian at the City of Athens Culture Department. More specifically, it is part of the “OnAthens” project, commissioned and produced by the Onassis Foundation in collaboration with the Organization of Culture, Sports and Youth of the Municipality of Athens (OPANDA).

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“The work expresses a certain and unique moment between two people. love, desire, tenderness, proximity, and awareness of the other are some of the issues echoed in these few lines. Showcasing the work in the public realm aims at encouraging the dialogue in a city meant for meeting and being with each other. An emotional city” says Ilias Papailiakis.

Festival Mural Art European Thus, “The Kiss” is making a new entry into the fascinating world of the country’s street art scene, which is one of the most vibrant in the world! In fact, the graffiti movement has always existed in Greece: the word “graffiti” itself comes from the Greek word “graphi”, meaning ‘to write’, with inscriptions and messages being carved and embedded into buildings for centuries as an ancient art of communication.

Even though the word “graffiti” once had a negative connotation, more and more cities opened up to the idea of urban art over the last decades, by adopting street art as an open form of expression which reflects social and political concerns in a changing world, while adding uniqueness to their region. Just like the renowned street artist from Greece, INO, once said in a New York Times interview, “If you want to learn about a city, look at its walls.”

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Festival Mural Art European INO Greece is also enjoying a new burst of creative energy in recent years, becoming home to local and international street artists alike. Athens, in particular, is considered to be “a contemporary mecca for street art in Europe”! Yet, there’s something about Athens that casts its street art in a different light than that of London or New York. It’s the inescapable presence of antiquity: only in Athens do you have the juxtaposition of a very ancient urban aesthetic – the Parthenon and Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium all loom large, not just in the physical space of the city but in the collective conception of what defines Athens as a great city – with outdoor artworks telegraphing messages and colors you’ll never find on a Doric column.

Unlike other cities, street art in the Greek capital is quite common to be found downtown, especially in the neighborhoods of Exarchia, Psyrri, Anafiotika, Gazi, and Metaxourgio, where walls are being transformed into works of art by talented creators with an edge, some of whom (Pavlos Tsakonas and SimpleG for instance) have studied in the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Tsaskonas hands

Festival Mural Art European Special mention should be made to the UrbanAct organization, which has been collaborating since 1998, with public and private institutions from Greece and abroad -including Ministries and Municipalities- with the aim to promote the art and the public mural techniques (street art, etc.), by intervening mainly at public spaces.

In fact, UrbanAct is behind many of the more substantive pieces, such as the “School Buildings Murals”, the “Colors in Hospitals” projects, the Socrates’ shelter for the stray animals of Athens Municipality, as well as the “Fisixe Vardaris” mural art project in Thessaloniki which pays tribute to one of the most important and once numerous communities of Greece’s second-largest city, namely the Jewish community.


Festival Mural Art European Last but not least, festivals like the Athens Street Art Festival and Petit Paris have also contributed to the country’s mural scene, while various other interesting projects are underway, such as “The Street Art Project” which is conducted under the auspices of Greece’s Crime Study Centre (CSC), with the aim to carry out scientific, research and educational work related to artistic interventions in public space.

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Festival Mural Art European iNO is a visual artist from Greece who studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Festival Mural Art European During his studies he also attended workshops in photography, typography, engraving, sculpture, multimedia, hypermedia and graphic design.

Festival Mural Art European Inspired by the behaviour of people and the consequences of their actions, iNO’s art explores themes of social and political issues, as well as the misuse of technology and power.

Festival Mural Art European His first experimental pieces emerged the year 2000, when he started creating graffiti fonts and characters.

Festival Mural Art European Gradually INO’s work evolved into figurative painting with influences of photorealism.

Festival Mural Art European His images are identified by fragmented forms and a grayscale colour palette with touches of light blue.

Festival Mural Art European In recent years, iΝΟ has participated in various art projects and exhibitions in Europe, America and the Middle East.

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Festival Graffiti Europe Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] is a non profit, non subsidized, non governmental and all volunteer organization.

We aim to promote social conscience and action through art.

Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] is an Year Around Independent European Contemporary Street + Urban Art Festival established and based in Athens, Greece.

Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] was formed by a group of committed individuals who are guided by a passionate belief in the power of art to create and convey personal experience and cultivate social progress.

Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] was founded in 2009 with the purpose to promote graffiti and mural art as an appreciated art form through talented aspiring and accomplished artists as well as to help revitalize low income neighborhoods.

We have organised over 1,000 legal street art murals in Athens since 2010.

Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] does not promote malicious defacement of private and/or public property of any kind thus refuting the negative image of Graffiti and Street Art.


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we rebel by being a creative and positive force producing urban art that aims to empower and transform youth and their communities.

We rebel by working hard to show what Street Art can do for the revitalization of problematic urban areas.

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Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] desires to provide an annual platform for European Artists, operating outside of traditional systems.

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The event aims to stimulate debate by challenging entrenched notions of what art is, and more importantly, can be.

Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] aims to provide a relevant, challenging and dynamic environment for artists, students, gallery goers and public alike, an event that aims to reflects the culture rather than try and define it.

Festival Graffiti Art Athens Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] consists of a series of citywide exhibitions, events, performances, interventions, debates + workshops surrounding current trends and movements in street art practice by some of the worlds leading practitioners.

Street art as a genre has developed significantly over the past few years, and ASAF is concerned with the task of identifying, promoting and presenting both pioneers and emerging talents within the scene.

The artists who attend the festival are among the most acclaimed and progressive public art practitioners in the world.

Festival Mural Art European FESTIVAL [ASAF] , is a collaboration effort of Andreas C Tsourapas + LosOtros [Cooperativa Artistica]. Visit Andreas C Tsourapas. LosOtros [Cooperativa Artistica]. Festival Mural Art European Festival FaceBook Profile.

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