12 Apr 5 Lesser Known Pieces of Budapest Street Art
Walk through Budapest’s vibrant Jewish Quarter and you’ll find it awash with stunning street art and striking wall murals. This is thanks to a mural culture in the area that started with the clandestine efforts of local artists and has grown to be a celebrated and encouraged part of the city’s atmosphere attracting artists from all over the world.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the lesser-known pieces of street art and tell you about the story behind them.
Miksa Róth was one of Hungary’s most talented stain glass window makers, and his work made a colorful addition to many of the city’s best buildings. Born in 1865, he learned the trade from his father before traveling Germany, Belgium, France, and England to find inspiration for his work.
Today, his colorful aesthetic is memorialized in a mural on Garay Street. It’s a simple piece – the man himself, surrounded by the frame of a stained glass window. We think the man himself would approve.
Mural by Ruben Sanchez
Fans of uber colorful will surely appreciate the latest piece of work from Ruben Sanchez in Csalogány Street. Nestled in the corner of a carpark on what is quite a quiet street – bold swathes of yellow, purple and turquoise grab your attention.
Born in Madrid and influenced by Spanish 16th Century art, Sanchez works these ideas into his painting and sculptures, and this sporadic arrangement of common items is no exception.
Wall of Acceptance
Looking to add color and life to an old building’s firewall, Color City Group, with support from the Norwegian Civil Aid Fund, curated a project that saw local homeless people come together and create a wall mural.
Judges considered many submissions and eventually settled on two – a simple poem, etched next to the painting of a person peering through a broken wall. The piece was called “Break down the walls of prejudice” and perfectly articulates the project’s aims.
Mural in Óbuda
Moving out of the Jewish Quarter and over the river to Óbuda, Budapest’s oldest church has been given a new lease of life, with a vivid and sprawling mural newly painted on its side.
Another piece of work by the Color City Group, it uses just two tones – off white and red – and depicts a variety of examples of historical Hungarian buildings – a tribute to the building on which it’s painted.
School on Alsóerdősor Street
Hoping to inspire young minds with his creative flair, Zsolt Vidák is the artist behind this street art – a huge and colorful mural painted on the site of an elementary school playground on Alsóerdősor Street.
Once a dreary wall, it now shows the scene inside and outside of a bisected building, with dozens of little stories to look at in each part of the painting. This is a painting you might have to stand and admire for while if you want to fully appreciate it.