Street art in Tbilisi was nonexistent for many decades. All we had was simple writings, but nothing that would portray a cultural or social message to the public. However, in the past several years, Georgian street artists started to emerge, who beautify gray walls of residential houses, abandoned buildings, and vast underground passages with art that convey a political, social, and cultural message.
Today, we have three annual festivals that bring together not only Georgian but also foreign street artists to work together in different parts of the city and country. They play a significant role in tourism as massive and gorgeous art becomes a tourist destination and perfect Instagrammable spot for many.
Fabirkafiti is an initiative of Fabrika Tbilisi hotel and multifunctional space that provides its facade as a canvas to the artists. Each year, the majority of Fabrika’s space changes, creating more and more exciting and unique street art in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi Mural Fest is a new initiative aiming to turn buildings of Tbilisi into art projects with the help of prominent artists from Georgia and Europe. Apart from creating art, the festival organizes public events, discussions, and workshops for those interested in street art.
Niko Movement, named after a famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani, aims to revitalize the streets of Tbilisi and other cities of the country with the help of young professional artists from Georgia and other countries. As social conditions influenced Pirosmani’s works where he mostly portrayed rural life, the movement tries to incorporate the same massage through the actions of the artists it brings. Even the logo of the dog is taken from Pirosmani’s famous painting, “The feast in a grape gazebo.”
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Giorgi Gagoshidze, known as Gagosh, is another artist who creates stencils, street poetry, illustrations, and mosaics that will catch an eye. The majority of his street art in Tbilisi carries protests of social issues, including the shortage of green spaces, gender equality, air pollution, labor rights, Russian occupation, social stigmas, and the inconvenience of the capital for disabled, to name a few.
Another famous Georgian artist is Lamb or Mishiko Sulakauri. A self-taught artist creates sarcastic and hilarious street art in Tbilisi, featuring a lamb in various situations found in pretty much every corner of the town. Most of his pieces are about Georgia, its food, culture, and religion. The pseudonym comes from Tusheti, his homeland, where sheep farming still is the primary source of income.
Bacha Khoperia, recognized as Dr. Love, makes stencil street art in Tbilisi since 2010. He has become very popular with this multi-layer, textual, and color murals carrying pop-cultural references shown in a humorous or critical context. However, his main aim is to spread the love with his art.
One of the most famous murals is the “Selfie” in Batumi and piece on air pollution in Bristol that won him international fame.
Musya is a graphic designer who creates commercial and non-commercial art for various projects apart from being a street artist. She also creates handicrafts and jewelry with her art.
Like many other artists, her pieces also touch social topics, such as sea pollution, deforestation, global warming, and poverty. Additionally, she creates wall art for various hotels, factories, cafes, companies, and international organizations all across the country.
A graphic designer by profession, Tamoonz, or Tamuna Tskhekaia, started creating street art at the age of 17. Her first piece was crafted with a paintbrush as graffiti accessories were not available in the country back then. Tamoonz’s street art in Tbilisi is of vibrant colors, easy to spot in various parts of the capital.
One of her projects, My Georgian Reality, showcases the everyday lives of Tbilisians in a very creative way. Over the years, she has been invited to international street art festivals in Europe, and her art is now available not only in Tbilisi, but in Bristol, Belgium, Batumi, Nepal, Yerevan, London, and Lyon to name just a few.
Luka is a contemporary street artist and a painter born in 1993 in Tbilisi. He calls his style “an experiment,” as he is always in the search for new techniques and methods. The main muse of his art comes from old civilizations, mythology, religion, and culture. His street art in Tbilisi portrays less realistic and more fairytale-like scenes, or “the other world” as he calls it.
George Gamezardashvili is another famous street artist in Georgia who creates cartoon-like characters in the streets of the country. His works have been featured not only walls, but in magazine covers, books, online media, and print. Gamez is most famous for Symsonizing Georgian and international public figures. Apart from street art, he works on decorating hotel interiors, cafes, beer and water labels, and custom commissions.
Dante tackles environmental problems in his art, mostly focusing on engendered species all around the world, making us think about our actions. He has his own style that can be easily spotted all across the town. And apart from beautifying the walls of Tbilisi and other towns of Georgia with clear messages on animal protection, he works on decorating walls of cafes and restaurants.
David Kelber is a street artist and a graphic designer who got famous for his long-hair, fairytale-like, yet very cute girl designs he sold online via Facebook. Over time, his focus on his street art has changed and now aims to showcase more environmental issues Tbilisi and other cities face. Apart from painting on walls, he works on commercial projects and sells his own merchandise online
Tbilisi street art with exact locations
All the significant street art in Tbilisi is scattered across the city. There are only several locations where Tbilisi street art is under one roof; otherwise, you’ll need to know the exact addresses. So to make your trip easy, I created a Tbilisi street art map you can save on Google. Otherwise, browse the gallery sorted by districts of Tbilisi.
Tbilisi Old Town
Wall of Cafe Home on Betlemi str.
Hotel Check Point
2 Metekhi Rise
Baratashvili bridge underground passage
Whales by Kuba at 24 Lado Asatiani str.
Chughureti neighborhood (Marjanisvili)
By Kuba at 87 Mikheili Tsinamdzghvrishvili str.
By Dante at 55 Dimitri Uznadze str.
Plastic Jellyfish by Musya at 56 Dimitri Uznadze str.
Various art at Dodo Abashidze str.
By Kelber at 10 Dodo Abashidze str.
Niko Pirosmani and Simpson’s inspired piece by Gamez at 4 Tchorokhi str.
By El Bocho at 182 Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave
By David Samkharadze at 23 Mikheil Bukhaidze str.
Balancing by Hrekh Vitalii and Sergiy Greh at 28/47 Barnovi str.
By Masholand at 3-5 Petriashvili str.
Kiss by Otooo at 15 Abashidze St
Hands by Case_Maclaim at 23 Chavchavadze Ave
My Moon by George Gamez at 68 Irakli Abashidze str.
Backstage 76 in Vake Park
Various artists at Tbilisi State University (Maglivi) Library
Various artists at Hero Square underground passage
Zebras by Snyder at 39 Simon Chikovani str.
Peacemakers by Innerfields at 20 Likhauri St
By Kelber at 30 Bakthtrioni str.
Abstract by Kera at 30 Bakthtrioni str.
Other districts of Tbilisi
Finding Good Balance by Sasha Korban at Beri Gabriel Salosi I Turn
Prepare for the trip
To ease your travel planning, check out all the posts about Georgia travel. Additionally, here are some of the websites and services I use when preparing for my next adventure anywhere in the world.
– Book affordable flights on Kiwi.com, a platform that shows the best routes and flight deals to your destination. There’s a money-back guarantee if you miss the flight!
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