Cyprus Mail

Graffiti artist invited back to Cyprus to work on other Paphos buildings 

The Art Work Has Now Been Painted Over
The artwork has now been painted over

Italian graffiti artist Millo is expected to return to Cyprus in July to decorate more Paphos’ buildings after a piece of his street art was recently painted over, the municipality announced on Friday.

Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos invited the famous graffiti artist to Paphos during a conference call with him on Friday.

“Millo gladly accepted the mayor’s invitation and said that the most appropriate date for him is next July,” the municipality said in a written statement.

Phedonos expressed his regret to the artist about the “unfortunate incident” involving the painting over of a popular mural, the statement added.

The municipality said Millo “showed understanding and said that such unfortunate incidents can occur in the art of graffiti,” but added that the artist should be informed beforehand.

The mural was part of the town’s Capital of Culture 2017 events and its destruction created a huge uproar on social media this week.

According to the municipality, the artwork was painted on a privately owned building and the owners decided to renovate it.

Millo, born Francesco Camillo Giorgino, is a world-renowned street artist with his work exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Florence among others.

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