A Neo-Muralist from Greece Describes the Pandemic in His Paintings, Using a Mythology

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An Athenian artist, who calls himself a neo-muralist, combines Greek mythology with graffiti and street art to show how the coronavirus has affected people around the world.

Fikos who has decorated a lot of cities in the country now paints the facades of the capital of Nicosia.

A 33-year-old man walks through the narrow streets of Cypriot city to find the walls which he can use as the canvas. The Greek neo-muralist has lived on the island for the last year during the pandemic, and this theme is reflected in his latest work.

His last painting portrays a green male with leaves on his head and roots from his legs. Fikos explained that he used Greek mythology to portray a pandemic when people “took roots” while staying long at home.

His works now decorate five facades in the city of Nicosia. Fikos says that in the past he wasn’t allowed to paint the colorful graffiti in Athens, even for free. But now he has gained popularity not only in his home country but also abroad, and he is paid for his work. The artist was asked to paint murals in such countries as France, Ireland, Mexico, and Ukraine.

Before starting work, the artist studies history and mythology, then he makes sketches and finally starts drawing. According to him, after he completes the study, the process of painting itself may take a few days.

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