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Banksy in Ukraine, November 2022



On 14 November 2022, Banksy confirmed the creation of 7 murals in Ukraine, spanning several locations, from Kyiv, to Irpin, and Borodyanka. Prior to the artist’s official confirmation on Instagram, there was mounting speculation online on whether those murals were indeed Banksy’s. A chain of events quite typical to Banksy….

Sources: Banksy.Blog, Hang-Up Pictures

1. The Gymnast

The first artwork to be identified, which went viral over the weekend, shows a female gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble on the side of a building damaged by Russian strikes.
Mural on a destroyed building in Borodyanka, Kyiv, Ukraine

2. The Judo Competition

One mural in Borodyanka initially appeared on photojournalist @edr4m’s Instagram. It shows a kid in kimono throwing a man on the floor, for what resembles a judo competition. The man strangely looks like Vladimir Putin, who supposedly holds a black belt…
Mural on a destroyed building in Borodyanka, Kyiv, Ukraine

On 20 February, to mark the first year of Russia’s invasion, the Ukrainian Post Office issued a postage stamp with a reproduction of this particular mural. A week later, Banksy confirmed the postage stamp on his Instagram.

3. Kids Playing

Another mural depicts two children using a metal tank trap as a seesaw spray-painted onto a concrete defensive block in Kyiv.

4. Old man taking a bath

5. Woman with a gas mask

6. The Missile