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"The Stars and the Starfish" 2011
Known forStreet art, artivism, Social commentary

Bleepsgr (or Bleeps) is the pseudonym used by V.(M.) Kakouris, who is a Greek artist. He creates political street art, paintings and installations;[1] he is associated with the artivism movement.[2] Much of his street art is in Athens, but his paintings are also to be found in other parts of Greece, and more widely in Europe.[3]


Bleeps was born in Peristeri district, which is located in the West Bank of Athens circa 1980[3] and he grew up in a low - mid class environment.

Bleeps started creating street art while he was in Bristol, UK, between 2003 and 2005,[4] where he became familiar with the local underground scene.[5]

Style and themes[edit]

Most of Bleeps' street art projects derive elements from conceptual art, folk art and various past art movements, while the protagonists depicted are associated with Bleeps' interpretation of social life.[6]

His stated goal is to examine systemic figures such as religion, politics, monetary system and consumerism.[7][8]

Bleeps' work: part of the windows series 2015

Financial crisis[edit]

Since the beginning of the Greek financial crisis in 2008, Bleeps has been creating a series of works related to the crisis' impact on ordinary people[9] and the lower middle class, globally and in his country, in the form of critical discourse.[10][11][12][13]


  • Tsilimpounidi Myrto, Walsh Aylwyn (27 June 2014). Remapping 'Crisis': A Guide to Athens. Zero Books. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  • Vodeb Oliver, Janovic Nikola (5 February 2014). InDEBTed to INTERVENE. Octivium Press, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University & Memefest. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  • Yvan Tessier, Stéphanie Lemoine (15 October 2015). Les Murs Revoltes. Editions Alternatives.
  • Ayers David, Hjartarson Benedikt, Huttunen Tomi, Veivo Harri (December 2015). Utopia The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life. Degruyter.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Maria Boletsi, Janna Houwen, Liesbeth Minnaard (September 2020). Boletsi, Maria; Houwen, Janna; Minnaard, Liesbeth (eds.). Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes. SpringerLink. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-36415-1. ISBN 978-3-030-36414-4. S2CID 240756700.
  • Stampoulidis, Georgios (22 May 2021). Street Artivism on Athenian Walls. Lund University Sweden. ISBN 978-91-89213-49-4.
  • Tsangaris, Michael (8 November 2021). Radical Communications: Rebellious Expressions on Urban Walls. Lexington Books. pp. 60–62. ISBN 9781793608567.

Selected Media Publications[edit]

  • International Herald Tribune, (The Global Edition of the New York Times), p. 1 (Cover Photo), p. 3 (Interview), 15–16 October 2011.
  • Financial Times DEUTSCHLAND, p. 28, 22 November 2011.


  1. ^ Helena Celdrán (7 July 2011), "Aquiles también sale a protestar a las calles de Grecia", 20minutos.es.
  2. ^ Ferris-Rotman, Amie (26 October 2011). "Greece Germany relations". The Reuters. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Donadio, Rachel (14 October 2011). "In Athens art blossoms amid debt crisis". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  4. ^ Ross, Alex Robert (8 July 2015). "The street artist responding to Greece's social turmoil". huckmagazine.
  5. ^ Lowen, Mark (2 December 2012). "Greece bailout: How the crisis fuels the arts in Athens". BBC News. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  6. ^ Jessen, Corinna. "Griechenlands Krise als Graffiti Kunst". ZDF. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  7. ^ Bontrup, Hiltrud. "Kunst kommt von Kummer". Financial Times Deutschland. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Défense d'afficher". France TV (An interactive documentary written by Sidonie Garnier, François Le Gall and Jeanne Thibord). Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  9. ^ Tagaris, Karolina; Osborn, Andrew (15 June 2012). "Greeks vent election despair through graffiti". Reuters. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  10. ^ Hafner, Patrick. "Report-Spezial". ORF TV THEK. Retrieved 18 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Stampoulidis, Georgios. "HOPE WANTED". pp. 66–73. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  12. ^ Smith, Sean (3 August 2011). "Greece in Crisis". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  13. ^ Poggioli, Sylvia. "Voters To Decide Outcome of Current Greek Drama". NPR radio. Retrieved 17 June 2012.

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