Tima Radya – Activism in the Spirit of Street Art

Ekaterinburg's Tima Radya is easily one of the most interesting and powerful Russian street artists today. Although his creative street activity began not long ago (around 2009-2010), his works resonate and generate a lot of discussion. This is not because of the media or the endless sharing of his works online (although, this is not an unimportant aspect). It's because of the public responses his works illicit.



The Loss of Strength, 2011.

His campaigns are more performative and non-traditional given the prevailing understanding of street art. And it is because of his approach, which not only places importance on the end result or the final picture on the wall, but also tries to affect issues of history, legend through communication and dialogue. The diverse new guidelines he creates and works within are a step forward relative to current trends in street art. For him, important concepts include: staging, night play, and stories, which can be seen by resident of the city as they casually stroll by.


Eternal Flame, 2011.

His work may be seen as a flash, blinding at the time and then opening up new views or observations, but without injuring and insulting the audience. It is a complicated and delicate process, which preserves the role of art as social and urgent in its contexts.

Working within a social context, Radya always gives his work a message, which is artfully integrated into the urban environment. It becomes an occasion for discussion in the media, at the local and international level.


Your Move, 2010.

In today's context, it is almost impossible to confirm the legitimacy of street art created in the city: pictures are painted over the next day, objects are dismantled, and murals created in agreement with City Administrations are often painted over after some time (this happened with a list of homes that were created during Sretenka Design Week 2010).

In his large-scale work Your Move, Radya re-painted the bridge supports to look like dominoes. Municipal authorities have recognized the bridge as public art and do not intend to destroy it; they are even planning to maintain. This is the first time in Russia that an illegal action, albeit of art, which is considered vandalism in our country, has been recognized by the state as an object of art.


No Words, 2011.

It is difficult to call Radya's work street art in the traditional sense. It is more of activism, aimed at working closely with the community, to build and implement their position and vision of their street / city / country.


Clothesline, 2012.
Something is Always Hidden, 2012.