Going back to the history of graffiti, the ancient Romans used sculpture on the walls of public places to convey messages, in an attempt to announce the victory of the strong gladiators and celebrate the glories of emperors and others.
Recently, graffiti has developed to include awareness messages within what might be called the secondary visual culture that draws the threads between the level of social relations within the city and the level of ideology that the graffiti artist tries to show through the drawings.
Five paintings by the artist are adorned in the streets of Nicosia in total to instill joy in the hearts of residents who distinguish them from ordinary graffiti, according to Ficus.
“I have been studying Byzantine painting in Athens since I was 13, and I study street art in the streets,” says the graffiti artist. “My view is completely different,” he says. I try to adapt my graphics to the surrounding environment and take inspiration from the colors of the neighborhood.”
He explains that his approach is closer to “fine arts,” noting that he draws inspiration from ancient Greek art as well as Egyptian and Japanese art.
One of his works depicts King Ancellus, who led the Cypriot uprising against the Persians in 499 BC. The arrowed king looks at his bee-strewn skull and wonders if the fight is worthwhile.
Vicos points out, through his account on Instagram, that this question has a special significance in Nicosia, which has been divided since 1963 – 1964 into two halves separated by the Green Line, located close to the artist’s work site.
In Athens, Ficus sometimes had to fight in vain to persuade the inhabitants to allow him to paint on their already graffiti-covered walls. Today, he gets paid to carry out his work, whether in France, Morocco, Ukraine, Ireland, Russia or Mexico.