As a part of the Mural Social Club Festival that is taking place in Ukraine a world-known Australian street artist Fintan Magee decorated a 17-floor high building in Kyiv with the large-scale painting of a girl. The title of the artwork is ‘The Visionary’.
The project was supported by International Charity Foundation called “Ukraine! I am for you!”.
“For me street art and muralism have an important social purpose, and that is to bridge a gap between
the general public and the gallery. If the art institutions become too focused on creating art for an
educated elite they will become disconnected from the general public. That’s why I was so excited to
work in Troeshyna, the neighborhood that is geographically disconnected from the center of Kyiv so
it’s important that we also work here, this way we can integrate art into people’s everyday lives”, says
Fintan Magee is known for his murals throughout Australia and the world. Born in Lismore New
South Wales he grew up in Brisbane, gaining a reputation as a graffiti writer before obtaining a Fine
arts degree (Griffith University, QCA) and relocating to Sydney. His work often deals with
environmental issues. He often uses personal stories to talk about broader issues like climate change
and the migrant crisis. He received national acclaim for his mural depicting Felix Baumgartner in
Brisbane, and has participated in various public art festivals in Australia and abroad.
The Mural Social Club Festival is organized by NGO Sky Art Foundation and Dmytro Palienko,
curated by Oleg Sosnov and Julia Ostrovska.
The festival line-up includes top street art names, all of whom are coming to Ukraine to decorate the
cities with their artwork: Li-Hill, Rodrigo Branco, Fintan Magee, Borondo, Fikos Antonios, Telmo &
Miel and others. Ukrainian street artists such as Aec Interesni Kazki, Roman Minin, Sergey
Radkevich, Sasha Korban will also participate part in the project.
Sky Art Foundation is a charity fund that was established in Ukraine in autumn 2014 by patron
The organization aims to support the new generation of Ukrainian contemporary artists. Sky Art
Foundation contributes to the international cultural exchange and Ukraine’s cultural integration into
the world art scene. The fund pursues an active exhibiting strategy revolving around its own art
space Sky Art Foundation. It also is an active charity that organizes international art projects,
cultural events that involve Ukrainian artists, and establishes grants for upcoming artistic talents.
International Charity Foundation “Ukraine! I am for you!” was created in April, 2007. For 6
years it granted charity aid worth over 10 mln. UAH and provided material assistance in the amount
of 3.5 mln. UAH. More than 1,000 valuted benefactors have already extended their support throught
charitable giving .
Please feel free to contact Sky Art Foundation if you need any further information.
Photos: Maksim Belousov