The Art Inspired by Ukraine's Euromaidan

When Kiev's Independence Square becomes a studio.
The anonymous author says his painting represents Ukraine today. "Ukrainians showed people of other countries that we are not afraid of anything. When the situation become very difficult, nobody surrenders," he wrote. (Anonymous via RFE/RL)

Amid the rubble and smoke-filled streets of Kiev, Ukraine's artists have been hard at work, endeavoring to capture this dramatic moment in their country's history. Rather than staying in the studio, artists have brought their easels, paintbrushes, and canvases to the streets and even onto the barricades. Many of them protesters themselves, they have also decorated their helmets and shields. Here is a selection of their work.

 An anti-government protester sits for his portrait in Kiev, Ukraine. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

 

"Barricades" by Ksenja Oksin. (Courtesty Ksenja Oksin via RFE/RL)

 

Painting by Vitaliy Dmytruk. (Courtesy Vitaliy Dmytruk via RFE/RL)

 

An artist decorates the shield of an anti-government protester in Kiev. (Reuters via RFE/RL)

 

Painting by Vitaliy Dmytruk. (Vitaliy Dmytruk via RFE/RL)

 

An artist draws a picture at a barricade in Kiev, on February 11. (Konstantin Grishin/Reuters)

 

"Nihoyan" by Ksenja Oksin. Serhiy Nihoyan was shot dead on January 22 during a violent clash between riot police and protesters in Kiev. (Courtesy Ksenja Oksin via RFE/RL)

 

Painting by Vitaliy Dmytruk. (Courtesy Vitaliy Dmytruk via RFE/RL)

 


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