Artists across Ukraine are a symbol of strength and unity, bringing in some color and discussing the war in different ways. Street art exists not only to entertain and bring beauty to a place, but also to address important issues to the public through creative mediums. Street art in Ukraine highlights its people’s strength and unity, and also the multifaceted nature of Ukrainian culture, presenting different narratives of the country that transcend just war and tragedy, humanizing Ukraine and its many different sides.

In order to resonate and send an impactful message that goes beyond the destruction we see in the media, artists in Ukraine whose future remains uncertain, embody solidarity and resilience in the face of a war. 

With people from liberated cities returning home like most recently in Kherson and the Kharkiv region, while in other regions brutal fighting continues in its ninth month, artists are bringing Ukrainians together or at least sending a message of perseverance and courage against all odds. See IMAGO’s photographers in Ukraine capturing street art in cities across the country bringing a sliver of hope despite facing constant threat.  

See our curated collection on Ukrainian street art. 

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IMAGO / Ukrinform / Albert Koshelev | Mural in Zaporizhzhia. 15 May, 2022.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto | People look at the mural created by England-based street artist Banksy on the wall of the apartment building affected by the shelling of Russian troops which features a rhythmic gymnast performing the ribbon routine, Irpin. 19 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Viacheslav Onyshchenko | Dancers at a street art festival in Odessa. 28 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / Cover-Images | This mural, titled Stefania decorates a bus shelter in the village of Rokytne in the Rivne region. 16 May, 2022.
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IMAGO / Ukrinform / Kaniuka Ruslan | Artist Varvara Lohvin decorates anti-tank obstacles, also known as Czech hedgehogs, with Ukrainian ornaments in Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv. 14 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto / Ruslan Kaniuka | Street exhibition Beat the Occupier! opens for the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kontraktova Square. 23 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto / Vyacheslav Madiyevskyi | A participant of the Cultural Landing campaign creates a mural in the city of Kupyansk liberated from the Russian occupiers, Kharkiv Region. 16 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Viacheslav Onyshchenko | Graffiti artist Anastasia Bilovus (nickname on Instagram Nastya_Onduty ) is seen painting during a festival in Odessa. 28 August. 2022.
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IMAGO / Ukrinform / Serhii Hudak | The exhibition Zakarpattia and War shows 50 pictures by famous Zakarpattia photo reporters and photographers who have been recording the events in the region. 6 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / Ukrinform / Pavlo Bagmut | The Saint Javelin mural is pictured on the wall of a nine-storey residential building in the Solomianskyi district of Kyiv. 26 June, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Guido Koppes | Mural in Lviv. 9 May, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Sergei Chuzavkov | Graffiti depicting the Azov Battalion. 30 June, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi | California-based artist Trek Thunder Kelly paints on a vehicle destroyed by Russian attacks in Lviv, Ukraine. 13 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / Ukrinform / Hennadii Minchenko | Street photo documentary exhibition in Mykhailivska Square, Kyiv. 15 June, 2022.
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IMAGO / Kyodo News | Banksy-inspired street art in Kyiv. 6 November, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Oleksii Chumachenko | Women react emotionally near the portrait of a serviceman at the street exhibition Azov Regiment - Angels of Mariupol in Kyiv. 14 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto / Thomas O’Neill | Daily Life In Ukraine - Murals are painted throughout the city of Liviv, Ukraine. 30 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Oleksii Chumachenko | People look at the mural Ghost of Kyiv dedicated to Ukrainian military pilots defending the skies of Ukraine from Russian aggression. 30 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Oleksii Chumachenko | A man passes by a graffiti depicting a Ukrainian serviceman in Kyiv. 29 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Sergei Chuzavkov | Banksy-inspired street art in Kyiv. 14 November, 2022.