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A Ukranian man named Oleg Mitasov lived here, a man who suffers from a hyper-obsessive personality disorder which causes him to compulsively cover every surface in his house with layers of inscriptions.

A Ukranian man named Oleg Mitasov lived here, a man who suffers from a hyper-obsessive personality disorder which causes him to compulsively cover every surface in his house with layers of inscriptions. Inside Mitasov?s apartment. It has since been cleaned, remodelled, and turned into an office. Photo: Pavel Makov

Oleg Mitasov Texts

A Ukrainian man named Oleg Mitasov lived here, a man who suffered from a disorder. He was university educated in economics and managed a store, but he also had something called horror vacui?? ?fear of blank or empty spaces? ? a hyper-obsessive personality disorder strain causing him to scrawl his walls, his fridge, his piano. He also did street art. He had to.

He could not help himself but etch his bizarre graffiti into everything-the fridge, walls, piano, doors, even the ceilings are covered by Mitasov’s strange inscriptions.
However, some of his inscriptions are not so strange, like his sadly inspiring street art that can still be seen in Ukraine-“Happiness! I’m waiting for you here!”

Mitasov was an educated man, a Master of economics. The rumour is that his illness developed after he had left the manuscript of his PhD thesis behind in a streetcar, thus never becoming a PhD. Mitasov covered all his flat and furniture in creepy inscriptions. Some of them are legible, some are just a set of letters. “Mitasov” and “VAK” (???, the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles, where he was supposed to bring his manuscript) are common words he wrote.

Here?s a glimpse at his body of work. One man?s torturous compulsion, another man?s art.

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