Russian street artist Pavel Pukhov, better known as Pavel 183 (1983-2013) was one of the most famous and recognized street artists on the Russian scene. His works included spray painted murals on public structures to audio and video combinations, sometimes accompanied by a political message.
Pavel 183 had succeeded in meticulously protecting his image incognito, never showing his face and never sharing too much about himself.
Over the years, he had become a well-known figure in the Russian art scene, creating his own unique style that could be instantly recognized on the streets. Pavel 183 had received international recognition when the Guardian published an article on the street art movement in Russia, calling it the "Russian Banksy".
His art was witty, quite reactionary and sometimes aggressive. Although Pavel's art was often seen only through the prism of political criticism and protest, he refused to be considered a "political artist".