Artur Rubenstein and a butterfly

These two murals are close to the train station in Lodz. In the foreground is a large portrait of pianist Artur Rubenstein. Just in the picture on the right hand side, is a wall with a faded butterfly mural.

The colourful portrait was painted in 2014 by Brazilian artist Kobra (aka Eduardo Kobra). Like many of the murals in the city, it was painted as part of an Urban Forms Foundation project/festival and now is part of the Urban Forms Gallery.

small green space in front of  large colourful mural by Kobra featuring a portrait of pianist Artur Rubenstein

Rubenstein was born in Lodz in January 1887. He was a child prodigy – giving his first piano performance when he was 7 years old. At 13 he played with the Berlin Philharmonic and at 19 he played Carnegie Hall in New York City. He career spanned eight decades. He died in 1982 at age 95.

close up of face of Artur Rubenstein in a mural by Kobra in Lodz Poland
a wall in Lodz Poland with some faded text as well as a large painting of a butterfly.

people in the abstract

Lodz Poland is full of murals. It’s the kind of city where Tourist Information gives out maps showing the location of more than 130 murals, most of which are in walking distance (but there are trams too if you prefer). Three of those 130 are here in this blog post.

First, an upside down wiggly line couple by Klone Yourself (aka Igor Revelis) titled “Midnight Lovers”. Painted in 2017.

mural by Klone of two people upside down on the side of building, one figure is missing a face because there is a window there, figures drawn with contour lines in black and white
street scene in Lodz Poland with parked cars, sidewalk, stores, and other buildings, a mural is partially visible

Another large mural in Lodz featuring abstracted human forms is this sort of art deco style painting.

mural on a white apartment building

The third is this mural called “Gentrification” by Tone aka Robert Proch (d. 2019). It was painted in 2013.

close up of a mural by tone in Lodz Poland

mural by Robert Proch, tone, of abstract people swirling

Photos taken May 2022

three murals on Talimhane Sokak

In a small area where Resit Efendi Sk. ends at Talimhane Sk. in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, there are three large murals.

below: Two Polish artists, SEPE (aka Michal Wrega) and chazme (aka Daniel Chazme), painted. If you follow the links to their instagram pages, you will see that SEPE’s work is with faces and figures while chazme’s style is very geometric.

large mural on a sand coloured wall, 4 groups of people approach a central building made of many box like sections, each group from a different side

below: A stark mural in black and white showing vehicles falling through an opening in the sky is the work of M-City aka Mariusz Waras (painted in 2014).

 a black and white mural by m-city showing jeep type vehicles with white stars on the sides that are piling up after falling through an opening in the sky

close up of part of a black and white mural by m-city showing jeep type vehicles with white stars on the sides that are piling up after falling through an opening in the sky

below: The last of the three murals is this blue bird with orange feet. It was painted in 2018 by Ukranian artist Alex Maxsiov. It is titled, “Turkish Tea” – perhaps because this bird (like the seagulls seen around Istanbul) has landed on a table with a glass of tea and a plate with unfinished food on it.

a mural of a blue bird with orange feet and beak, on a table, a glass cup of tea is there too
close up of painting of blue coloured bird with orange beak, on a mural

Photos taken early June 2022

on Christophgasse

in the Margareten district of Vienna…

below: A collaboration between Dutch artist nilsRVA (aka Nils Westergard) and local Viennese artist emilone (aka emanuel jesse) produced this peaceful looking sleeper.

below: The woman on the right with the curly hair was painted by Paola Delfin.

below: Some more emilone pieces – unfortunately with some graffiti added.

below: Down beside the man in the baseball cap, there is text, p.phobia. Is this a “signature” of the person who painted that man? The righthand side of the artwork is more emilone.

The painting are from 2014 and 2015. The photos were taken June 2022.

Tanini’s colours and shapes

As I walked around Tirana I saw several examples of murals by Albanian artist Eljan Tanini. This blog post features three – a whole building covered by his shapes and colours, a tall vertical mural, and last, a wall with four panels.

below: All sides of the building are covered with whimsical playful shapes in Blloku.

a our storey building with stores at ground level, covered with mural of shapes and colours, lower floors have grey background, upper level has yellow background, painted by Eljan Tanini
close up of some of the windows of a building with the mural that is painted around them

below: Street scene on Rruga Myslym Shyri with the bottom part of Tanini mural showing. This mural was painted as part of MurAL Fest 2018.
street view, pedestrians on sidewalk, umbrellas over fruit stand, shops, bottom part of mural by Eljan Tanini

tall mural by Eljan Tanini

below: Four panels in a concrete wall have abstract paintings by Tanini (one on the left, with a blue background, is not shown).
yellow building in the background, concrete fence with recessed panels that have been painted with bright coloured abstract paintings
a panel from exterior wall painted byEljan Tanini, abstract shapes and colors on orange background