We often see graffiti of no value that are there just to deface buildings and other objects. However, Street Art done well can brighten up streets and bring life to old and neglected buildings. Poland has a number of world renowned street artists who create legal works of art and attract business and investment, and urban exploring tourists who can follow a map to see the works within a couple of hours. Polish Street Art has a model for employing the talents of street artists to create public art in service of the re-invigoration of a city and their artists are very successful at respecting the work while adding value to a neighborhood, district, city, and community. Natalia Rak and the Etam Cru have been at the forefront of these projects.
Polish street artist Natalia Rak
Natalia Rak is quickly growing a beautiful body of street work from around the world. The Polish artist’s colors glow with an intensity that’s a fresh breath to the street art scene, with a focus on female imagery and wonderful compositions.
Born in 1986, this young female artist is fast being recognized in Polish contemporary art circles. Rak spent years involved in the fine arts program at the University of Lodz, Poland, specializing in graphic arts. After earning her degree, the artist has been seen traveling the world putting up epic murals wherever she can. The future looks bright for this inspiring artist, and we look forward to seeing more from Natalia Rak.
Two more street artists in Poland are making a push to put legal street art on the map.
The Etam Cru — comprised of Bezt (Mateusz Gapski) and Sainer (Przemek Blejzyk) — have been legally creating street murals in the cities of Poland for more than 10 years. Because they work legally, usually in a public-private partnership, they are able to create paintings that can stretch as tall as 10 stories high.
Here are some of their works.
Natalia Rak – The legend of giants – Folk on the Street, Białystok, 2013