Where to find Street Art in Bucharest

Heading to Bucharest to check out its street art? You can find plenty of graffiti in Bucharest – especially in abandoned spots like Chimopar and other rundown buildings in the city. But you can also spot lovely murals… if you know where to look. Here’s a little guide on where to find street art in Bucharest, Romania.

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Map + Video of Bucharest Street Art

Wonder what Bucharest Street Art scene looks like? Here’s a quick video compilation of the works that I found and are featured in this guide:

Handy dandy Google Map to help you navigate on the go. Let me know if I missed anything, or if any new cool works pop up that I should mark down. This isn’t super comprehensive – I’m sure there are cool street artworks I missed out, feel free to let me know in the comments so everyone else can check them out as well.

I found street art in Bucharest a bit unusual compared to some of the other cities I’ve found street art in, because a number of these murals are located on private property.

I usually exclude works on private property because for me, the definition of street art means that it needs to be on the streets and open for the public to see, but in this case I left them in because you can still enter and see these works if you ask security nicely, but just be prepared for rejection or consider taking a tour with the Interesting Times Bureau folk, who I have to thank for pointing out some of these works to me.


Strada Arthur Verona

This long stretch of road near Piata Romana is one of the best places to see lots of street art in one area. There is one particularly large piece of wall whose works change every year thanks to the annual Street Delivery festival, but you can find lots of smaller artworks lining the lower walls on the opposite side of the street from that big wall and in the surrounding area. If you only have time for one street art spot, make this the place you check out.

Start here at Creart (Piata Alexandru Lahovari 7) at the roundabout – this is private property and you aren’t supposed to enter without permission! I headed next door to ask the security guard for permission and he let me in!

Bucharest Street Art Sweet Damage Crew TV
This work by Sweet Damage Crew is about 3-4 storeys high! That TV screen is actually a blank screen they use for projecting films
Bucharest Street Art Creart
The courtyard where the work is is behind the blue and pink doors – be polite and pop next door to ask security for permission, don’t barge into private property on your own!

From there, head down Strada George Enescu towards Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru, and then walk further till you reach Strada Pictor Arthur Verona. That’s where you’ll find Carturesti Liberia and you’ll see this wall if you look up past the entrance – the artworks here change from time to time.

Bucharest Street Art Carturesti Liberia Face
Look up!

Go around the side of the building to your left and down Strada Pictor Arthur Verona and you’ll see walls on both sides of this narrow street lined with street art, mostly graffiti writing.

Bucharest Street Art Arthur Verona Graffiti 2
All the graff
Bucharest Street Art Arthur Verona Graffiti
More graffiti

At the junction with Strada Dionisie Lupu, you’ll see this large wall on your right with a huge mural – this changes every year and is usually whoever is headlining the Street Delivery art festival in Bucharest for that year. I took these in May 2017, so it’s probably all changed already!

Bucharest Street Art Arthur Verona Wall
one very long stretch of wall – this piece of work is called Don Quixote and the windmills by Romanian artist Obie Platon with the NOM Crew – it’s a bit of commentary on the effects of technology on our world today

Turn left up Strada Dionisie Lupu and head north – You’ll pass a courtyard restaurant with these murals on the wall at its entrance. I ate lunch at this restaurant but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it.

Bucharest Street Art Aitch
Romanian artist Aitch (you might have seen her works in Bangkok as well!)
Bucharest Street Art Yoga Man
This is right next to the Aitch work. Anyone know who this is by?

Keep walking till you hit Strada General Eremia Grigorescu and then turn right and head southeast down this road. This work also by Sweet Damage Crew should be on your left.

Bucharest Street Art Sweet Damage Crew Point
This work is called Make a Point by Sweet Damage Crew

How to get there: This area is close to Piata Romana metro station – I suggest making a total hipster day of it – after the last work, head back to Strada Polona, and keep walking till you get to Acuarela and Beca’s Kitchen for food and ambience – my Bucharest hipster guide has more about these spots and why you should visit.


Calea Grivitei

There are 2 main works that you want to see along this stretch. One is Portuguese artist Vhils work. I LOVE his stuff – I caught his exhibition in Belem previously and have also seen his stuff in London, so seeing his work here was pretty exciting!

However, we have a semi-private situation happening here – the Vhils work is located in the compound of the Bucharest National University of the Arts (28 Calea Grivitei – but you need to enter by Calea Victorei), specifically on Block C as I’ve marked on the map. I walked in as if I was a student and no one stopped me – but you might want to ask permission from security to enter to be safe.

Bucharest Street Art Vhils
This is a portrait of Constantin Brancusi, a pioneer Romanian sculptor and modern artist, fitting to have in an arts academy!
Bucharest Street Art Vhils Closeup
I love the way he works, how he chips away at walls or even uses little explosives! It’s pretty amazing

Go further west on Calea Grivitei and you’ll come across this very tall work, a collaboration by Romanian artists Obie Platon (under a moniker Allan Dalla – the dude has several graffiti personas/characters and you are going to see a lot of his work around Bucharest) and Kero in 2012

Bucharest Street Art Grivitei Kiero
Not seeing the Obie Platon signature was really confusing – I was wondering why the works seemed to similar until I looked it up online!

Right next to this wall, look for this much smaller work by Ortaku

Bucharest Street Art Grivitei Ortaku
Little stone angel

How to get there: You are in between the metro stations of Gara de Nord and Piata Romana. I’d suggest combining this with Strada Berzei (see below) as well but you do need to walk a fair bit!


Strada Berzei

This long stretch of road honestly only has one interesting section for street art – the bit between Strada Stirbei Voda and Strada Grigore Cobalcescu. There’s a whole bunch of older works here but not much else around here.

Bucharest Street Art Berzei Ortaku
I found this angel by Ortaku randomly along Strada Berzei

You’ll come to a clearing of sorts at the junction of the two roads where you will see 2 large murals, and other smaller murals and graffiti on the walls of the buildings here.

Bucharest Street Art Berzei Group
There are 2 big works here – this is one of them, a collab involving several artists: Obie Platon, Irlo, Pisica Patrata, Last, Spesh and Lumin
Bucharest Street Art Berzei Obie Irlo
This work is next to the one above and is by Obie Platon and Irlo called Ironlak BBQ Burners

How to get there: This area is kinda in the middle of nowhere – you’re kinda west of the old town area and between Gara de Nord and Eroilor subway stations. I suggest doing this in conjunction with a walk in Cismisgu Park – head west after you’re done with the greenery for a little dose of urban art!


UAUIM

There are some amazing murals but they are located within the compound of the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) – I saw these works because I was on the Interesting Times Bureau’s Beautiful Decay walking tour and we had permission to enter the school compound. You can always try asking security nicely and maybe they’ll let you take a gander at these works!

Bucharest Street Art Ion Mincu Obie
Yet another work by Obie Platon, this one a more recent one in 2016 called The Architect. It’s a portrait of Ion Mincu, which is the name of the University
Bucharest Street Art Saddo
Another Romanian artist called Saddo who I also spotted in Bangkok earlier – he’s got some interesting behind the scenes thoughts about the ‘failure’ of painting this mural on his website
Bucharest Street Art Night Sky
In front of the works is this spiral mini-maze of sorts. I didn’t get a credit though >_<

How to get there: Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism is at 18-20 Strada Academiei there is a subway stop Universitate nearby.


Chimopar

If you like the more urban-styled graffiti and are willing to venture out further, definitely check out Chimopar, the partially abandoned chemical factory turned graffiti haven – read more about Chimopar in this post I wrote about abandoned places in Bucharest.

Bucharest Chimopar Scek
This work by SCEK that I stumbled upon in Chimopar is kinda beautiful and horrifying all at once
Bucharest Chimopar Me Hall
Wear good shoes and beware of rubble! The derelict walls are filled with all the graffiti

Others

I stumbled across lots of other works randomly, and some works are pretty isolated, so you can probably check them out if you happen to be in the area, but I wouldn’t necessarily make a special trip out there to see them.

Bucharest Street Art Staircase Waterfall
This waterfall staircase is located at Strada Xenofon (along Strada Doctor Constantin Istrati) near Carol Parc Hotel and just west of Piata Libertatii
Bucharest Street Art Two Face
This was in the old town area near Strada Biserica Doamnei
Bucharest Street Art Halfcircles
These walls were found near the river, south of Cismigiu Park (42 Splaiul Independentei)
Bucharest Street Art Bram Stoker
This is an Obie Platon work for the Bram Stoker restaurant at the junction of Strada Stirbei Voda and Strada Ion Campineanu, close to the National Art Musum and Atheneum

Thanks to Interesting Times / Urban Adventures for organising and sponsoring the Beautiful Decay tour as a part of Experience Bucharest, a tourism project led by the people of Bucharest where bloggers from around the world were invited to check out this beautiful city. Big ups to Constantin who gave me directions to discover some of the works we didn’t manage to cover on the tour, and many of these I stumbled on or did a little bit of googling to find.


Looking for more cool things to do in Bucharest? Check out forgotten areas like Chimopar Factory or the Vacaresti urban delta, or get your hipster on with this guide to cafes and photo-worthy spots in Bucharest.

If you love street art, check out street art guides for Europe, or see my full street art guides that cover the Asia Pacific region and North America as well.

I’m also aware that a lot of my text should have its proper Romanian accents, but for some reason my font doesn’t support special characters and other languages right now, give me some time to figure it out…

9 thoughts on “Where to find Street Art in Bucharest”

  1. Pingback: The Ultimate Guide to Bucharest in Winter: 13 Exciting Activities – Curiously Erin

  2. Thanks Jaclynn, we had fun today looking around Strada Arthur Verona, without your article, we would never have known where to start to find street art in Bucharest.

  3. This is a nice and informative article.

    To answer your question: right next to the Aitch work is Irlo.
    Here is a photo tour of some of the drawings at Lente, on Dionisie Lupu: http://www.feeder.ro/2017/07/05/feeder-lente-pictam/

    And this is the latest installation, a totem by Pisica P?trat? and a screen-printed & painted wall by Sorina Vazelina.
    http://www.feeder.ro/2017/08/22/pisica-patrata-totem/
    https://www.facebook.com/FEEDER.ro/videos/10155248931073171/

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