Top Guide to Street Art and Murals in Budapest you must see!

We love finding Street Art on our journeys! The search for New Food and Food influences has always been number one when travelling but recently we discovered that we enjoy stumbling upon the Arts of the Street.

Our friend Neda aka @virusfreak79 on Instagram (she's on a 2000+ km trip right now Mural Hunting and Exploring the Australian Street-Art Scene - you must follow her!) wrote a Guest Blog Post on The Silo Art Trail for us and has been our friend for a long time. She also was kind to give us some tips now when we traveled to Budapest.

Urban Street Art in Budapest

First morning in Budapest Spoons had read about District VII and that it was supposed to be a lot of Murals, Urban Art and Street Art there and went for a longer Street Art walk.

Actually he didn't find "anything"! Neda was a little upset as she had sent a great link writing about the Colorful City Budapest Festival Project starting as early as 2008 by Colorful City Organisation. A lot of hungarian and foreign streetartists and Mural Painters joined in and made Budapest more colorful and vibrant with help of sponsors. Since then the civil based movement been coloring 15 000 sqm of walls around Budapest!

The basic idea is built on Victor Vasarely's Colorful City concept, published in 1983 which bottom line is that art is to set foot on the streets, public spaces and that people should not only meet with fine art pieces in galleries - a true visionary of a modern city view with art everywhere!

Sticks & Spoons Top Guide to Budapest Street Art and Murals you must see!

Living Space | Artist: Fat Heat and Bea Pántya | Location: Arany János/ Sas utca 20-22

The work is not only astonishing to look at - you can also bring it to LIFE! Augmented reality is a cutting edge technology that use our real world but spice it up with overlays of color and animation!

The company Lara based in Budapest uses the technology both practically and creatively in their Lara App which give Living Space Mural amazing life! Just watch the Clip!

First of all; Budapest is such an architectural city! Never before have the hashtag #lookup and #lookaround been so much used by us. Everywhere you go you see beautiful buildings but one thing that's sad is that a lot of them are in severe decay!

On the positive side; there's construction sites where new buildings come alive and even if it could seem like an almost endless project you see reparation of facades and insides of buildings wherever you go.

But a down side to that is also that a lot of old facades - and also Murals unfortunately - will disappear forever in the process!

Taking a Street Art Tour in Budapest!

Greetings from Budapest | Artist: Lehel Nyeste | Location: Rákóczi Bridge

Blind Date | Artist: Mr Trash | Location: Rákóczi Bridge

Even though the big murals; often as big as 200 sqm++ are the ones that are easiest to find you can stumble upon cool, fun and fantastic works of Street Art just by strolling around.

Indeed there was a lot of those works in District 7 but also around the Jewish Quarter and Dob utca - where a lot of Restaurants and Bars are located.

We found ourselves saying "Why isn't it a mural here? Why haven't someone done some graffiti or Streetart here?" as we walked the streets of Budapest - and some of the times we found art where we expected.

The different Art Styles of Street Art in Budapest

UNHCR | Artist: Neopaint | Location: Gozsdu courtyard

ÁNGEL SANZ BRIZ | Artist: Okudart | Location: Dob street 4

Sticker Artist: @misskk_budapest (Instagram account)

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"Mi Casa Su Casa" | Artist: Neopaint

BIKE | Artist: Neopaint | Location: Akácfa street 9

But it's when you find one of those big ones you get amazed and stand and look a longer time trying to figure out what the artist had in mind while creating the details of work.

One of them we found at Rákóczi Bridge on the Buda side once again.

Busy City | Artist: Dorottya Jakócs | Location: Rákóczi Bridge

This work covering 200 sqm have a lot of details and are yet different from many of the Murals - full of weird action and color! What are those three big ladies doing to the city?

BreakOne Street Art in Budapest

Another great artist that have set a colorful mark on the city is BreakOne! We fell in love with his style using a lot of color and animals in his work!

Swallows “Calmness, or rampage” | Artist: BreakOne | Location: Akácfa Street

The theme for this Mural was the visual representation of the dichotomy “Nyugalom, vagy tombolás” (‘Calmness, or rampage”).

Artist Carlos BreakOne thinks that calmness is best personified by the swallows and that they are a symbol of peace, which is why he painted three of these birds on the 80 sqm wall.

On the opposite site of Swallows on the same dichotomy we found another great Mural Painting - in a similar style!

CHILL OR SPIN | Artist: Cekas | Location: Akácfa street 25

Miraculous Hind or White Stag | Artist: BreakOne | Location: Régiposta street 4.

LANDSCAPE | Artist: Neopaint | Location: Király street 23

LANDSCAPE | Artist: Neopaint | Location: Király street 23

LANDSCAPE | Artist: Neopaint | Location: Király street 23

JING JANG CITY | Artist: Zsuzsi Bakos | Location: Erzsébet bridge

On Earth, In the Water, In the Air | Artist:Balázs Pusztai Location: Erzsébet Bridge, Buda side

Hungarian street artist Balázs Pusztai (@Pubberoner Instagram account) uses physical manifestations and low-key colors in his work to symbolize the nature of life in Budapest and the diverseness of society.

MAN OF THE YEAR | Artist: Neopaint Location: Wesselényi street 40

Man of the Year - This is a recreation of the 1956 Time Magazine cover representing all of the civilian fighters of the 1956 revolution. It was painted in 2017 exactly 60 years after the issue was published.

Poseidon | Artist: Felix Spok Brillor and KÓRZE | Location: Nagy Diófa street 14

Spainish Artist Felix Spok Brillor and frenchman KORSÉ met to collaborate in creating this 230 sqm Mural with Poseidon in this slightly surreal present, placing old-time traditions in a modern environment emphasizing the intermingling of past and present, and the constant progression of our world.

Andrey Adno (Russia) | Location: Nagydiófa Street 12

This Russian artist Andrey Adno created this 240-sqm Mural Painting in record time! He completed the huge street art in only three days!

Dionysus | Artist: Attila Balogh |Location: Nagydiófa Street 12

Those three magnificent Mural Paintings will probably disappear as new houses take place.

Fully understandable that progress has to be but sad to see all Murals once vibrant and colorful slowly fade away or being teared down.

Pop Art Budapest - Love thy Neighbor | Artist: Luke Embden (UK) Location: Dob Street 40

After starting to turn the bridge pillars into pop art well-known quotes like “Love will tear us apart” and “Looking for love in all the wrong places”; British artist Luke Embden also did “Love thy neighbor” in the middle of Budapests party quarter around Dob Street.

CITY PEOPLE | Artists: Dorottya Jakócs and Tripo | Location: Dob street 36-38.

This Mural on Dob Street became our favorite and we were lucky to walk by it several times. Which one of the Murals, Street Art or Graffiti was your favorite? Let us know in comments!

Hope you enjoyed this Blog Post! We will for sure make new ones when we stumble on Street Art next time as well as write about old finds so check back soon!

We got recognized by guideme budapest by the way! Read all about it here! We appreciate the collaboration guys!

Stay Arty!

// Sticks & Spoons

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