Cyprus is a country that appreciates art and culture, so it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of history museums and art galleries throughout the region. Of all the cities in Cyprus, Nicosia is by far the oldest and the most storied, making it the prime location for tourists who love taking a plunge into the past. It has been through numerous changes in the government regime and gone through significant political turmoil, but despite all of that, the art scene in the city is still alive and well. In this article, we’ll take you around this historic city so that you can see the combination of old and new art. With that said, let’s get to it.
The Depiction of the Beautiful Dilemma of Nicosia
As you take a stroll down Stasinou Street towards the Old Town, you will see a number of large art pieces clamouring to capture your attention. The white buildings in the surrounding area provide a perfect backdrop for these art pieces to shine through. The artist “Paparazzi” has left many unique pieces around the city, but the ones in the Old Town are definitely the most notable. They encapsulate the nature of life in the Old Town area, as the duality between chaos and order is something that you will find everywhere in Nicosia. The vibrant, yet slow lifestyle, the hectic but beautiful cityscape, and the loud but welcoming nature of the Cypriots can be seen in these pieces. Chances are that you will fall even more in love with this city as soon as you step foot into this area of town.
The Faces of Downtown Nicosia
There are many street art pieces in the downtown area of Nicosia. Some of them tell a complex story about the struggles of the people, some describe the life in the city, and others are just as light-hearted and jolly pieces without any deeper meaning. If you’re looking to see the best of these pieces, the alley between Aishilou and Trikoipi Streets is the best place to be.
The Social Symbolism Piece
Over the past few years, the street art scene in Nicosia has become so prominent that the Cypriots have decided to make an open-air gallery for young artists to show off their skills. One of the most well-known and talented artists in the street art world of Nicosia is SYD, who has quite a number of artworks displayed in the Old Town area. One of the most memorable pieces is “Break Down the Wall,” which can be found at Vasiliou Voulgaroktonou Street, right of the Green Line. If you want to see the illustration of the social struggles of people of Nicosia, this is the best depiction of it.
The Lady of Nex Hotel
Another famous piece in the open-air gallery of Nicosia is the piece found in the building between the Trikoupi and Areos Streets. Astraki is one of the few female artists in Nicosia, but it’s fair to say that she has made quite a name for herself. The blue and white depiction of a female form is definitely the one that you can definitely appreciate, whether or not you’re an avid follower of the fine arts.
The One Near Craftsworker Area
Artist: Twenty Three
If you’re looking to see a piece of street art that will help you understand the story behind the city of Nicosia, look no further than the one by the artist Twenty Three in the Craftworkers area. It’s located near the local bar in a small alleyway, connected to Ermou Street. When you’re strolling pass this tiny road, you may come into contact with many of the friendly local craftsmen who you can talk to and learn more about their life in the city.
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