30 Russian street artists not to be missed

I discovered the Russian street art scene a few years ago, when some murals by P183 were becoming popular on social network sites More recently I met Zmogk in Vitry sur Seine while he was busy painting an amazing mural for a small urban art event.

I have also had the pleasure of interviewing both Yulia Vanifatieva and Julia Volchkova, two up-and-coming Russian street artists. They impressed me with their creativity and originality which was so different to anything I had seen before.

Russia is currently one of the most creative urban art hotspots in Europe. It is such a shame that so little is known about many of these artists outside of Russia. I have therefore decided to publish a list of the most interesting and creative artists. I Hope it will help you discover and fall in love with their art, follow their social networks and promote their work around the world. They deserve it!

Pavel P183

Pavel or Paul (P183) was born in Moscow in 1983 and died aged 29 on 1 April 2013. P183 is probably the best known Russian street artist and has been dubbed as the ‘Russian Banksy’ by the British press. This artist was one of the creators of the street art movement in Europe and his untimely death was a major loss to the urban art scene.

RIP P183 you wrote some amazing letters on the wall of Street Art and graffiti history. True art lovers will never forget you.

P183 artwork in Russia Moscow
street art in Russia by P183

Anatoly AKUE aka AKUE1

Anatoly Akue (AKUE1), started his artistic path with graffiti and street art in the late 1990’s. For the last 5 years he has concentrated on his studio work, searching for ways to combine abstract painting with influences of Buddhist philosophy and symbolism.

WebsiteInstagram

Akue artwork in Russia
Akue1

Marat “Morik  Danilyan

Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a street artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Russia. He went to art school but then went on to complete degrees in philology and economics from the Novosibirsk State University. With the rise of the Internet in the late 90’s, Morik developed a passion for graffiti through Hip-hop culture. He started to develop spray-painting skills and a love for experimenting with letter forms.

Instagram

Morik street artist from russia. portraits
Morik

Andrey “Aber” Berger

Andrey Berger was born in Siberia in 1986 but is now based in Moscow. In 1999, he discovered street art through hip-hop culture. Andrey explores his ideas through a multitude of media: from performance, sculpture, mural painting, graffiti and installation to painting and graphics.

InstagramWebsiteFacebook

andrey berger mural in russia
Aber

Misha Most

Misha is an artist and graffiti writer from Moscow, who began to paint in 1997, at the dawn of the Russian street art movement. He started his artistic career with his first show in 2006.

WebsiteInstagram

urban art in Russia by Misha Most
Misha Most

Kirill KTO

Kirill Lebedev (Kto) is something of a cult figure within Moscow’s street art subculture, contributing immensely not only through his diverse work as an artist, but also as one of the few theorists and curators of street art.

Artsy

amazing abstract artwork by Kirill Kto russian contemporary artist
KTO

Petro

Piotr Gerasimenko (Petro) was born in Zhukovsky in 1984 and is a member of the crew called Aesthetics. He’s been painting on walls for more than a decade and, while developing his style, has gone through many different stages to become one of the most prominent and respected artists on the Russian graffiti scene.

InstagramFacebookFlickr

building painted by Petro Aesthetics
Petro

Pasha Wais

Pasha Wais is based between HK and Russia. He is known for being artistically adventurous. His signature designs comprise three dimensional writing and geometric graphics, while his works are distinctively styled with complex compositions and colour arrangements.

InstagramFacebook

masterpiece of abstract graffiti in Russia
Pasha Wais

Dmitry Aske

Dmitri Aske is a versatile artist from Moscow. He started his artistic career in 2000 as a graffiti writer and later moved on to graphic design, typography, illustration, murals and contemporary art.

InstagramWebsiteFacebook

building painted by famous russian urban artist dmitri aske
Dmitry Aske

Alexey Luka

Alexey Luka was born in 1983. He graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute in 2006 and lives and works in Moscow.

InstagramWebsite

graffiti masterpiece in russia by alexey luka . moscow urban art scene
Alexey Luka

Evgeniy Muluk

Evgeniy Muluk was born in Astrakhan but now lives and works in St. Petersburg. He has been actively engaged in creative work since 2005.

Interview with Evgeny Muluk 

InstagramFacebook

russian abstract graffiti art
Evgeniy Muluk

Zoom

Zoom mostly depicts characters from popular movies and TV series on the Moscow streets. He calls his work “street art without vandalism”.

Instagram

russian stencil art by Zoom
Zoom

Kostya August

Kostya August was born in 1986 in Moscow and currently lives and works between Asia and Russia. He is a contemporary artist who works in his own unique style to differentiate himself from others.

InstagramWebsite

Naive art in russia by Kostya august
Kostya August

VITALY TSARENKOV aka SY

Vitaly Tsarenkov (SY) was born in 1987 and lives and works in St. Petersburg. With a background in street art, he focuses on creating large-scale paintings, murals, and sculptures.

Instagram

abstract geometrical graffit art . Russian contemporary art
SY

Max “Max13” Toropov

“Thirteen” Max lives in Ivanovo. He draws not only on the walls but in also produces T-shirts with graphics and other mercandise. Fractured long faces are his Identification feature.

InstagramFacebook

modern art in russia
MAX13

Mednoy

Mednoy is a graffiti and street-art artist from Moscow

Instagram

amazing russian painter
Mednoy

Ivan Ninety

Ivan Ninety was born in Protvino. He was initially interested in street art and gradually developed his interest in large-format painting, collage, sculpture or photography, grew.

In his works, a mix of geometric abstraction and figurative realism can be seen. The technique he uses most often is collage.

Instagramfacebook

russian mural artwork by ivan ninety
Ivan Ninety

Nikita Nomerz

Nikita Nomerz lives in Nizhny Novgorod. The Media started getting excited about this young artist, after seeing just two of his murals in 2011.

Interview with Nikita Nomerz 

InstagramWebsite

street art masterpiece by nikita nomerz
Nikita Nomerz

Yulia Vanifatieva

Yulia Vanifatieva (Hoolya) is a Russian street artist, known for the tag #Pink Power

Read StreetArt360 article: Yulia Pink Power”  

InstagramFacebook

yulia vanifatieva street art in moscow
Yulia Vanifatieva

Sergey Akramov

Sergey is a Russian graffiti artist from Ekaterinburg, who specialises in abstract lettering. He paints complex murals showcasing many techniques. Hes loves to paint vegetation combined with abstract lettering and typography.

InstagramBehanceFacebook

huge murals in Russia .
Sergey Akramov

Vova Nootk

Vova Nootk started out as a graffiti writer 20 years ago and has now developed his work into large scale murals.

FacebookInstagramWebsite

moscow murals street art
Vova Nootk

Vitae Viazi

Vitae Viazi are a street art crew (art-collective) from Moscow. The name “Vitae Viazi” comes from the Latin word “vitae” (“of life”) and “viazi,” which is the name of a special ornamental Cyrillic (old slavonic) script. This decorative script was their initial source of inspiration. The name of the crew should be written with characters of two keyboard layouts “VITAE ВЯЗИ” but it is too tricky to google, so they choose – “Vitae Viazi”.

InstagramFacebook

modern art and urban art in Russia
Vitae Viazi

Antonialev

Antonia Lev is a street artist , illustrator and graphic designer from Moscow.

She has been creating urban murals for 2 years. Her art is inspired by feminism, digital vector graphic aesthetics, comic books and the art of Henri Matisse.

FacebookInstagram

urban artists in Russia
Antonialev

Pavel Rtue

Pavel Rtue is a street artist from Sevastopol. He started about 20 years ago with typical graffiti fonts, which gradually developed into his recognizable style. His work combines abstract and figurative images.

InstagramWebsite

russian graffiti art
Pavel Rtue

Kostya Zmogk

Zmogk is a graffiti and street artist who was born in Moscow in 1979. Zmogk’s style is unforgettable – the forms created are phenomenal. In 1997, his graffiti career started to develop secondary to his love of hip-hop culture. During this time the graffiti scene was just arriving to Russia and Zmogk became one of the first graffiti writers in Moscow.

InstagramWebsiteFacebook

Read also the interview I had with Zmogk – “Interview with Zmogk street artist from Russia

urban art masterpiece by Zmogk
Kostya Zmogk

Julia Volchkova

Discover Julia Volchkova’s artwork in the article I published a few month ago:Artist of the week: Julia Volchkova” 

street art masterpiece by julia volchkova
Julia Volchkova

Iney

Moscow-born artist Iney (meaning ‘frost’ in English) is considered to be one of the most creative female street artists in the Russian Federation.

Instagram

iney artwork
Iney

MalenkieLydi

Ivan Simonov. Artist from Russia

Instagram

street art in street of moscow
MalenkieLydi

Ilya Slak

Urban artist from Russia

Instagram

huge mural by russian urban art
Ilya Slak

Tumirumi

Street artist from Russia

InstagramTwitter

abstract art in russia
Tumirumi

BOOK SELECTION “Russian painters” 

ART IN RUSSIA BOOK Selection – Click on picture for more information or purchase the book 


FAMOUS RUSSIAN PAINTERS – Click on picture for more information or purchase the book 


All pictures by artist courtesy 

Leave a Reply