Prague's newest mural is a statement from a Ukrainian artist

Chasing the Red Demon by Ukrainian artist Aec Interesni Kazki depicts the struggle against Soviet Communism, which parallels today's Russian aggression. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 28.08.2022 10:00:00 (updated on 28.08.2022) Reading time: 2 minutes

Prague has seen some new large-scale, multi-story murals go up over the past two months during the ongoing Wall Street festival, with a jab at modern distractions by Invalidovna and some cosmic jellyfish in Karlín.

The latest piece went up earlier this week in Holešovice, and can now be viewed on the facade of a building at 9 Za Papírnou street. The surrealist scene depicts a boxer extending himself chasing a red demon-like monster up a flight of stairs.

The new mural is title Chasing the Red Demon, and it was created by Ukrainian artist Aleksei Bordusov, who paints under the pseudonym Aec Interesni Kazki. It's statement by the artist against the struggle against Soviet communism, which has been resurrected this year through Russian aggression.

“The Red Demon is an allegory for Soviet communism, which is personified by modern Russia, its imperial ambitions and tyranny," Bordusov told Prague 7.

"The mural is dedicated to Ukraine and its defense against Russian aggression. Due to the fact that the threat of the Red Demon has reappeared in Europe, the work is also connected with the history of the Czech Republic and its long struggle against communist occupation."

Bordusov's surrealist artwork, which might remind some of Salvador Dalí, can be seen on the streets of cities across the world, from Prague to New York, Seoul, and Vigo, Spain.

The artist is known for his use of rich colors, which are often accompanied by black-and-white details. His murals are inspired by themes relating to science, religion, mythology, cosmology, and ancient times.

The pseudonym Interesni Kazki translates to "interesting fairy tales" in Ukrainian. Discover more about the artist at his official website.

The mural was created as part of the Wall Street Prague festival organized by The Chemistry Gallery.  

Prague's Wall Street festival has been organized by city districts in cooperation with The Chemistry Gallery, and continues to bring striking artwork to large-scale canvases across the city this year.

The unused building facades that the murals appear on, and others like them, may have previously been used to depict large canvas advertisements. The city has been fighting this kind of advertising through recent legislation.

Keep an eye peeled for the next Wall Street mural to pop up in the coming weeks. Two more murals will be created, bringing a total of five pieces to city streets in Prague's Karlín, Holešovice, and Vršovice neighborhoods.

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