Street art has a long and fascinating history and has been around the world for many decades. However, in Tbilisi its a relatively new trend. For many years, streets of the capital were covered with ordinary writings done with spray paint. Luckily, this has changed. With emerging local street artists Tbilisi now hides beautiful and captivating art in its backstreets and underground passways.
Bacha Khoperia, known as Dr. Love has been making street art for 8 years and is already one of the most popular artists of the country. His famous mural, Girl while making a selfie, and a piece on air pollution brought him not only local but international recognition as he took part in many street art festivals abroad, including Bristol’s Upfest. His art pops up in many parts of Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi with the aim to spread love all around the globe.
Tamuna Tskhekaia, or Tamoonz as locals know her, is a graphic designer by profession. She created her first street art piece at the age of 17 with a paintbrush as graffiti accessories where not available in the country at that time. Her art caught the eye of international Street Art Festival organizers who invited her to participate in Belgium. Some of her most famous murals feature girls with long, floaty hair.
Gagosh or Giorgi Gagoshidze is another artist whose works really catch your eye. Besides using spray cans to create art, his latest works are done using mosaics and some even feature written poetry. His work mostly relates to social issues in an ironic form.
Mishiko Sulakauri, known as Lamb, creates hilarious and sarcastic artworks featuring a lamb in different situations. Most of his work is around the theme of Georgia, mainly dominated by Khinkali, the national dish of meat dumplings, religion and culture. The self-taught street artist got his nickname from his homeland, Tusheti, where sheep farming is the main source of income for families.
Musya Qeburia is another street artist you can spot decorating the walls of Tbilisi. A graphic designer by day, she works as an Art Director at one of a Georgian advertising company and creates non-commercial and commercial art in her side projects. Besides creating digital illustrations, street art, and wall painting, she also creates handmade jewelry and accessories.
Where to find street art in Tbilisi
Street art in Tbilisi is scattered across its backstreets and underground passages. While walking in the streets of Tbilisi, be attentive and always on the lookout. Sometimes you might even see a great piece of work on the pavement or side of a multi-floor residential house. The best place to see the works of local artists is Hero’s Square underground passage, Fabrika Hostel, and Vake Park underground passage. However, below is a bit more detailed map of the sports for street art.