Living Wall: Russian Street Artist Nikita Nomerz Turns Derelict Buildings Into Faces


A street artist brings derelict structures to life by adding eyes and facial features. Nikita Nomerz’s work ranges from painted water towers that look like they’re smiling to dilapidated buildings with broken windows for the eyes. Nomerz, from the city of Nizhniy Novgorod, Western Russia, travels around different cities in his homeland to work on his artwork.

He said: “I started school with classic hip hop graffiti but became more interested in street art and started all kinds of experiments. Now I basically enjoy playing with space and I’m inspired by that place. I like to see the city and find an interesting spot. Usually I don’t spend too much time creating a piece, sometimes less than an hour. But it all depends on the size of the object and my idea.

“I’m called an underground artist, but if you’re doing street art then you’re not an underground artist. You’re already on everyone’s mind, even if you paint on abandoned trash and just some homeless people see your work. It’s public art. It would be great if people started paying more attention to what’s around us.”

Nomerz treats the faces on his wall as if they were real people with emotions. “I didn’t know it was my favorite wall. I don’t want to offend any of them, just talking about one wall. Because these walls are alive. I love them all!”

The Face, in Perm.

Open Your Eyes in Irkutsk.

The Eyes of the City in Nizhniy Novgorod

Watcher Man in Krasnoyarsk

Riverman in Novosibirsk

Summertime in Vyksa

Underground Dweller in Nizhniy Novgorod

Just Smile in Nizhniy Novgorod