Street artist takes Russian buildings at face value

When trudging around Russia’s expansive landscape, street artist Nikita Nomerz sees more than just dilapidated buildings and discarded trash.

He sees faces.

That’s because Nomerz lives in a state of perpetual pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon where people think they see something where there is nothing to see—in this case, faces. For example, in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, Nomerz used paint to transform a brick bridge into a haunting face, with its arch being used as a toothy smile.

Stenograffiya Festival – 2012 from Nikita Nomerz on Vimeo

“I started in school with classic hip hop graffiti but became more interested in street art and began all sorts of experiments,” Nomerz told the Telegraph regarding his street art series called “The Living Wall.”  “Now basically I like to play with space and objects. I am inspired by the place itself. I love watching the city and finding an interesting point. Usually I do not spend so much time to create one work, sometimes less than an hour. But it all depends on the size of the object and my ideas.”

Aside from painting bridges, Nomerz has transformed water towers, random brick walls, and piles of wood into portraits.

Photos by Nikita Nomerz

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.