I interviewed for streetart360 a Bielorussian Street Art duo. I’d like you to discover their artwork.
Hi, can you tell us where you from and who you are ?
Hi! My name is Arty Burzh, i’m Inspirer and founder of HoodGraff team.
HoodGraff is the project of two person, me and street artist Iliya. We are from Belarus. and started in 2013 in Godforsaken (Bielorussia)
Where street art could only be found through the Internet and not yet in the streets.
Belarus like one of the Third Worlds countries in street art world, that’s funny cause it was really difficult, we were making illegal murals.
People for whom street art is made started to see difference between classic bombing and street art.
I am talking about every person from 7 years old till very very old grannies .
People who is not painting for themselves on public walls. People who never understand culture of graffiti. Then we moved to Saint-Petersburg in Russia.
After first mural we start making history of each portrait.
Portraits of Victor Tsoi, Pavel Durov, Dmitri Nagiev and mostly Serhei Bodrov took the social position in the streets . They became the signs of new movement of Saint Petersburg’s street art culture. Now we are in Bali, Indonesia. Making same murals, but mostly for fun.
Where does your tag name come from ?
If we talking about that, so thats was just funny sounded and we started to put that hashtag on the wall.
Very simple and try to repeat it again and again in different musical manners. That’s funny. Sometimes people tell us, that their hood became better after our murals.
How did it all start ?
I was a little bit younger and had much ambitions. I wanted to show people how really cool the walls looked with street art.
In Belarus people have much problems in real life, they never had time to understand art, I’m talking about 85-95% of all citizens in the country, they started to see the changes and how their hoods became better.
In western Europe, South America and USA street art belongs to the culture. Not In Belarusia!
In Russia situation was much better, but if compared with Europe, it’s still a bad situation. First Street art artworks appeared in 2003-2004. Though it didnt become a big culture and still remains.
What inspires you in your artwork ?
It’s a lifestyle and opportunity to speak with people.
I believe that much people will understand our language and enjoy it.
Do you have specific message in your artwork ?
Yes. People in Saint-Petersburg and in Belarus understand what the message is.
We made some murals that became part of Culture, sign of eternal nonsensical dialogue between government and street artists.
One portrait was a sign of freedom in Social Media (Pavel Durov’s portrait). Each portrait has individual history, individual message which we make for fun. Never got money from anyone, when we made it for the city. If you drawing for yourself – do it at home. If your drawing in a public area. You’re painting for everyone.
Tell us about your specific art technique ?
That I think is easy foreveryone to understanded.
The human hand can redraw realistic portraits.
Do you admire one or more artists ? And who ?
There is so much really cool artists in the world, but admire not other works.
Is there any cities that inspire you ? Or a dream to work in one specific place ?
Yes. Thats is Brazil, Jamaica, LA, California and Germany.
For me this is the most comfortable places in the world.
Jamaica – this is personal.
Passions apart of art ?
I am not sure that is not enough. That’s included much projects
Must funniest of them – We making design for Snoopd Dogg’s T-Shirts collection , most lovely is «Snoop loves Belarus» .
Oh, i remember in 2012 – Taking part in a Cannabis exhibition. I like to meet people and connect through art with them. Illya and i have a strong mutual connection through art.
Do you have projects in the next few month ?
Yep. We want to remind about some great actors, some great person’s in legendary films.
What is your favorite artwork ? Yours and another artist .
I don’t know. Maybe, Snoop Dogg’s portrait one of our first artwork or Sergei Bodrov – one of the main portraits in our concept in Saint-Petersbourg.
About another artist, i’m not sure. We don’t have an idol, though we know quality when we see it, more realistism, more social and deeper then before.
HoodGraff Team – #MyHoodIsGood ARTWORK:
All Pictures by Courtesy of HoodGraff Team #MyHoodIsGood