The ultimate guide to Batumi’s best street art, including a free Batumi street art map.

Georgia’s second-largest city, Batumi, is a difficult place to pin down.

Most people think of Batumi as a Black Sea resort city (a reputation leftover from Soviet days) – but beyond the beach, it’s a fascinating city with a creative scene that’s fast gaining pace.

Much like in Tbilisi, parts of Batumi have been transformed in recent years into painters’ canvases. Urban regeneration projects and street art festivals alike have made a serious impression on Batumi, turning the downtown area into a living gallery of murals by local and international artists.

There are some really wonderful street art pieces to be found in Batumi, many of them echo the city’s seaside vibes and capture Adjara region’s unique spirit. This post brings together the best Batumi street art and shows you exactly where to find each of the murals.

Essential Batumi reading
– My complete guide to Batumi
– Guide to Batumi Botanical Garden
– Guide to the Gonio Cross trail, Batumi’s best hike
– Cycling from Batumi to Sarpi and the Turkish border
– Where to stay in Batumi: Kartuli Hotel

Street art culture in Georgia

Before I show you my favourite Batumi murals, I first want to provide a bit of context about street art culture in Georgia.

I think it’s fair to say that Georgia has a creative spirit. Lots of different initiatives have been set up to beautify different cities and support emerging creatives in the process. Street art is just one manifestation of this, but it’s a very visible indicator of the artistic undercurrent that runs through modern Georgian society.

Tbilisi is of course Georgia’s street art capital – but you can find murals everywhere these days, even in small towns such as Kazbegi and Rustavi. There are gorgeous murals tucked away in remote villages, including the incredible Cultural Center mural by Dr. Love and Olivier Hölzl in Shuakhevi outside of Batumi.

There are always events and new initiatives happening, which means the street art scene in Georgia is constantly evolving. Wherever you go in the world, street art has the same ephemeral quality. Here in Batumi, where facades get painted over and new building developments spring up at quite a fast pace, you really get a sense that street art is a momentary pleasure.

A colourful gallery of street art in Batumi.
Art | Up – Street Gallery, a new project that launched when I was living in Batumi.

As with anywhere, street art adds vibrance to Georgia’s urban landscapes. Depending on the artist, street art in Georgia might be an ode to the country’s heroes of music and literature, or it might be a commentary on social and religious norms. Some are subversive and divisive; others are just plain pretty and created with the sole purpose of attracting tourists and selfie-takers.

The development of a street art scene in Batumi has been influenced by many factors, including these two very important actors:

Street Art Niko

You’ll notice that many street art pieces in Batumi (and elsewhere in Georgia) are branded with a black-and-white dog sitting inside a rectangle with the word ‘Niko’ printed underneath in Georgian. This isn’t an artist’s signature, it’s the logo of Street Art Niko, a project that aims to revitalise Georgian cities and towns using street art.

Working with corporate partners such as Bank of Georgia, Street Art Niko supports local and international artists alike to create murals all over the country. They also aim to ‘add cultural value to cities’ and put Georgia on the global street art map. I think they’re doing a pretty good job!

Batumi Grafikart Festival

Another project that’s been vital to building up Batumi’s street art scene is the annual Batumi Grafikart Festival. A lot of murals on this list were created as part of the festival, which first launched in 2013.

Artists from France, Iran, Germany and elsewhere to come to Georgia and work with local artists on a range of murals. I love that most of the murals done through the festival were collaborations between foreign and local artists. When the festival is taking place (usually in August), there are events and live paintings that the public can participate in, too.

In Tbilisi, a similar urban art festival called Fabrikaffiti is organised every year by Fabrika. In 2019, Tbilisi launched another event, Mural Fest, to bring more international artists to the city to create large-scale works.


Batumi street art: 12 must-see murals (and where exactly to find them)

So now you know a little bit about the history and development of street art in Georgia, it’s time to discover Batumi’s best murals!

This is by no means an exhaustive list of Batumi’s urban art. Rather, it’s a collection of my 12 favourite murals, which also happen to be the most prominent and popular pieces of street art in Batumi.

Despite street art receiving more investment and attention in recent years, there is no formal street art map for Batumi. There’s not a single website you can go to find all the works and artists documented. Both these things would be really helpful – I hope it’s something organisers can look at creating in the future.

While I was living in Batumi, I spent hours researching artists online then tracking down each mural to photograph it and confirm its location and status. You can find the interactive Batumi street art map I created at the end of the post.

A lot of these murals were created in the mid-2010s and some haven’t fared very well. One in particular, Welcome to Georgia by Franck Pellegrino, has been defaced with awful symbols (it’s so bad, I actually can’t show it here). I walked past this mural a dozen times before I recognised it, such is the state of destruction.

As I said, I think the ephemeral nature of street art adds a great deal to its meaning, but I still hate to see art defaced like that. I hope that by better documenting street murals people will be more respectful of the time and craftsmanship that’s gone into each piece and the value street art brings to the city.

For ease, I’ve given each of the murals a name, but these aren’t the official titles.

‘Sea selfie’

When it was painted in 2015, this was the largest piece of street art in Georgia. The subject matter and colour palette are so perfectly Batumi – it’s no wonder this mural has become a local icon and an Instagram favourite.

The artist behind ‘Sea selfie’ is Georgian painter Dr. Love, who also created the evocative painting of a miner inside an old cable car station in Chiatura.

A Batumi street mural depicts a woman underwater taking a selfie on her camera.
Close up of ‘Sea selfie’ by Dr. Love.

The mural takes up the entire western wall of the Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University building. You can find it on Ninoshvili Street, next to the Hilton Hotel.

I recommend visiting in the early morning (before 9am) for a photo of the mural without too many cars parked underneath.

A Batumi street mural depicts a woman underwater taking a selfie on her camera.
‘Sea selfie’ by Dr. Love.

‘Man on a horse’

If ‘Sea selfie’ is befitting Batumi, this next mural is very un-Batumi. I would expect to see street art like this somewhere like Bogota rather than by the seaside. But that’s Batumi for you – it inspires all sorts of off-the-wall architecture and creative responses.

I love this large-scale painting very much. The detailing is exquisite and extremely life-like when viewed up close. The technical skill that’s gone into this mural can’t be overstated.

‘Man on a horse’ was painted in May 2019 by German artist Matthias Mross, one half of Haus 75 Art. You can find it on the western facade of Oto Hotel on Pirosmani Street.

A street mural in Batumi shows a man on a horse.
‘Man on a horse’ by Matthias Mross.

‘Kupata’

Batumi’s newest piece of street art was painted in June 2020 when I was living there. I walked past this mural dozens of times in the weeks after it was finished and there were always people around taking photos!

The mural itself is very cute, but it’s the subject matter that people really gravitate towards. It depicts Kupata, a cult figure and Batumi’s unofficial canine mascot. If you don’t know the story, Kupata is a street dog who helps people cross the road at a particular intersection in Batumi by running into traffic and barking down passing cars.

Everyone adores Kupata (whose name means ‘sausage’) and agrees that he was more than deserving of his own mural. You can find it on Abashidze Avenue, adjacent to the pedestrian crossing where the real Kupata ‘works’, right in front of the colonnades and Pioneer Park.

It was painted by George Gamez in collaboration with the Bank of Georgia.

Batumi street art depicting Kupata, a black and white dog wearing a crown.
‘Kupata’ by George Gamez.

‘Under construction’

Another of my favourite pieces of street art in Batumi, ‘Under construction’ is the work of French artist Franck Pellegrino. It was painted during the 2014 Grafikart Festival.

I love this piece because it perfectly captures Batumi’s ever-evolving character and shifting skyline. Positioned right underneath a classic hodgepodge of Batumi architecture – imitation neo-classical facades, towering office blocks, corrugated iron-clad houses – the location couldn’t be more perfect.

You can find the mural on Kostava Street in Batumi Old Town. It’s located inside a gravel car park, but no one seems to mind people crossing the chain barricade to take photos.

A piece of street art in Batumi reads 'under construction', written in decorative script.
‘Under construction’ by Franck Pellegrino.

Various works by Lamb 

Mishiko Sulakauri (AKA Lamb) is without a doubt Georgia’s most prolific street artist. You can find his work in almost every city and town around the country and outside of Georgia, too. He’s probably best-known for his murals at Fabrika (where he used to run an art shop) and in the pedestrian underpasses around Tbilisi.

Famously quoted as saying ‘Street art without criticism is simply painting’, Lamb’s signature style is deceptively cute, slightly subversive murals that use fuzzy white or blue lamb/s as the protagonist.

There are numerous works of his all over Batumi – two of my favourites are on Gamsakhurdia Street in the Old Town (which I’m dubbing ‘Pink Lamb’). There’s another on Melikishvili Street, painted onto corrugated iron, that I also love.

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay in Batumi, my favourite boutique hotel, Kartuli, features original, custom-designed Lamb murals in some of the rooms.

A piece of Baumi street art depicts a white lamb and the word 'Batumi'.
One of Lamb’s many street art creations in Batumi.

‘Flowers’

This work is a bit more subdued than the other murals on this list, but it blends in perfectly with the Old Town architecture.

Created by Tbilisi-based artist Tezi Gabunia in 2015, it depicts an abstract vase of flowers (maybe daisies?). The van Gogh vibes aren’t lost on me.

You can find the mural on the facade of Heart of Batumi restaurant in the Old Town.

A piece of Batumi street art depicts a vase of flowers.
‘Flowers’ by Tezi Gabunia.

‘The fox’

The colours used for this mural perfectly complement the hues of the buildings around it. Some of the foamy waves almost resemble dolphins emerging from the surf, perhaps a reference to Batumi’s coastal location.

‘The fox’ was created by local Batumi artist Joseph in May 2019. You can find it at 40 Parnavaz Mepe Street in the Old Town.

A fox surrounded by flowers and waves, painted on a concrete wall in Batumi, Georgia.
‘The fox’ by Joseph.

‘The whale’

Painted by Tbilisi-based Gagosh, the same artist responsible for a wonderful piece of politically charged street art in the city of Gori, this mural stretches three storeys high across a building in Batumi Old Town.

This mural is a bit more lighthearted. I love the imagery: A whale shark dressed in scuba gear nudging a sailing ship with his tongue. I love the sea-blue canvas.

The mural is located at 23 Mazniashvili Street, right around the corner from ‘The fox’.

A painted building in Batumi depicts a whale nudging a boat against a sea-blue backdrop.
‘The whale’ by Gagosh.

‘Butterfly woman’

Painted on the front wall of Hotel Elegant, this pretty mural depicts a red-haired woman and her mirror image, surrounded by flowers.

It was created by Georgian artist Mariam Ramishvili in cooperation with TBC Bank in May 2019.

Two women walk past a Batumi street mural on a leafy suburban street.
‘Bufferly woman’ by Mariam Ramishvili.

Street art near Miracle Park

At the end of Batumi Boulevard, close to Alphabetic Tower, you’ll find a small concrete building covered in artworks. It was used as a canvas for the 2014 Batumi Grafikart Festival, which drew nearly 30 artists to the city.

There are several murals here worth checking out, including ‘Batumi’ by French artists Tyrsa and Ludovilk Myers, a nice piece by Lamb, and another work by Franck Pellegrino.

When the murals were painted, this area was a grassy piece of vacant land. A new hotel development is underway here now, so I guess the concrete building will eventually be demolished.

Colourful street murals in Batumi on a concrete building.
Murals near Batumi’s Miracle Park.

Street art at Batumi Sea Port

Also part of the 2014 festival, artists painted the concrete wall around the Batumi Sea Port complex, bringing some much-needed colour to this industrial corner of the city.

I spotted a few works by Lamb and some other recognisable artists’ signatures as part of the gallery that stretches on for quite a ways along the waterfront.

A wall of street art in Batumi depicts colourful murals along the port, with cranes in the background.
Batumi street art near the port.

Street art near Batumi State Maritime Academy

This collection of murals is done in a very different style, but I quite like some of the designs. The painterly quality of the portraits in particular is unique to Batumi.

If you’re passing by the State Maritime Academy on your way down to Batumi beach, you can’t miss this wall of colour! I couldn’t find any information about the artist/s online – if you have any clues, please leave me a comment below so that I can provide proper credit.

Street art in Batumi shows a woman with red hair surrounded by goldfish.
Street art near Batumi State Maritime Academy.

Batumi street art map

To help you find these murals, I made a Google Map.

Click here to open the interactive map.


There seems to be new murals popping in Batumi up every few months, so I’ll be sure to add more to the list when I next visit.

Which of these Batumi street art creations is your favourite?

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2 Comments

  1. Thank u for setting a goal to me. I’m going to use your map to visit all Batumi pointed murals.

    მადლობა!

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