Awesome Street Art To Discover In Athens

Loukanikos on Riga Palamidou St., Psyrri. Work by Billy Gee, Alex Martinez & N_Grams |  © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr
Loukanikos on Riga Palamidou St., Psyrri. Work by Billy Gee, Alex Martinez & N_Grams | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr
Photo of Ethel Dilouambaka
27 December 2016

In a country where public space belongs to no one, creative street artists have taken their art to the streets of Athens, covering the blank, concrete buildings with their visions. According to The New York Times, the city is a ‘contemporary mecca for street art in Europe,’ and it’s enjoying a new burst of creative energy thanks to the euro crisis. Discover some of the most vibrant street art in the Greek capital.

The colorful artwork on the walls of ILPAP, the bus depot near the Kerameikos archaeological area, was made by Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos. Their style is very distinctive and involves yellow-skinned characters.

Street Art by Os Gemeos | © the euskadi 11/Flickr

Another iconic piece of street art you can find in the main square in Psyrri is from Alexandros Vasmoulakis, who mixes collage, photography, paint, and digital media.

Street Art by Alexandros Vasmoulakis in Psyrri, Athens | © the euskadi 11/Flickr

Woozy, aka Vaggelis Hoursoglou, along with Vasmoulakis, is a pioneer of street art in Athens. His particular style can be found not only throughout the city but also abroad in London and even China.

Courtesy of Camille Bessard | © Courtesy of Camille Bessard
Courtesy of Camille Bessard | © Courtesy of Camille Bessard
Courtesy of Camille Gazeau | © Courtesy of Camille Gazeau

Another artist with a unique, minimalist style is Kez. You can find some of his work in Athens as well as in Volos and Preveza.

Courtesy of Kez | © Courtesy of Kez

Filling the streets of the city with an iconic, melancholic female figure, Sonke is another local street artist whose work you will encounter virtually everywhere in Athens.

Art Work on Sarri street, Psyrri | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr
Art Work on Klepsydra street, Plaka | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

The colorful work below can be found in Exarcheia, one of the most vibrant areas when it comes to street art.

Work by WD, in Exarcheia | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

Just like anywhere else, street art is also a means of communication, with graffiti artists using it as a way to express their opinions, whether political, social, or not. The work below was created by Barcelona-based Jupiterfab, known for his social work projects.

Riga Palamidou St., Psyrri by Jupiterfab | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

Street art has managed to put colors where the gray and decaying were once visible, as seen below in the mural by WD.

Work by WD | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

This portrait of a dog is not random. Loukanikos was also known as the Riot Dog as he was present at all the riots that happened in Athens, especially during the onset of the crisis. Loukanikos quickly became the symbol of Greek resistance against the IFM-prompted austerity measures.

Loukanikos on Riga Palamidou St., Psyrri. Work by Billy Gee, Alex Martinez & N_Grams | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr
No land for the poor’ by WD. On Emmanouil Mpenaki st., Exarcheia | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

Various organizations have set up Street Art Tours around the central neighborhoods, namely Metarxourgeio, Psyrri, Gazi, and Exarcheia, where the art form is blooming.

‘Capture,’ Arachovis St., Exarheia by WD | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr
‘No Signal’ by P. Sklavenitis, painted by M. Anastasakos and Kretsis Crew. | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

But you don’t need a guided tour to admire the amazing artwork readily available. And just like street artist INO once said in a New York Times interview, ‘if you want to learn about a city, look at its walls.’

‘Wake Up’ by INO | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr