Life in bright colors is exactly about Latin America. And we are talking not only about the flowering flora of the local nature, but also about the variegated shades of urban spaces that modern artists and graffitters turn into works of art in the open air. We present several examples of such art-attractions in Latin America, which you simply have to see.
São Paulo, Brazil
Graffiti The Beatles in Brazil
There are so many Graffiti and street art in different styles in São Paulo that it seems that no corner has remained untouched. Charge the phone or camera beforehand and go for a walk to the Vila Madalena area, called local Batman’s Alley for the abundance of large-scale bright graffiti that all the time appear in the middle of the night.
The most famous work is the famous photo of The Beatles, made by Brazilian graffiti artists in multi-colored colors. One hour for the excursion will obviously not be enough, because in addition to graffiti in this area is full of colorful cafes and bars, where you easily hang with a glass of kaipirinha for another hour or two.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graffiti “Return of Kinkel” in Argentina
The project of a giant graffiti called “Return of Kinkely” Argentine artist Alfredo Segatori conceived in order to enter the Guinness Book of Records, and after completion in 2013, his large-scale work really became the largest graffiti in the country.
Originally, Segatori planned to devote a wall picture to his colleague – the Argentine artist Benito Kinkele, but during the work the inhabitants of this district began to come to him and asked to include their portraits in the composition. The masterpiece instantly changed the life of the Barracas area, and now the colorful wall hosts a tango festival and a traditional chorpineade – an Argentine barbecue with hot sausages on the grill.
District of Bellavista, Santiago, Chile
The name of the Bellavista district in Spanish means “beautiful view”, but you can’t find beautiful views here – instead of it colorful pictures are captured by cuddled houses of all colors of the rainbow with wall paintings on a variety of topics. It seems that the artists-authors of these graffiti got full freedom of expression – every house differs the other, and the stories are amazing. Naturally, at the weekend Bellavista operates a flea market, but fairs with works of local artists and handicrafts artisans you can find at any day of the week.
District Kayejon de Hamel, Havanna, Cuba
In Havana, colonial architecture with exquisite balconies adjoins abandoned buildings, which turned into original canvases for local street artists. And in the heart of the Old Town there is a place that you will remember in the same way as the colorful Cuban cabriolets – it’s called Cayejon de Hamel. On the narrow street that bears this name, was born and lived a Cuban artist Salvador Gonzalez. Since the 90s, he began painting the walls next to his own house in Afro-Caribbean themes, and later added sculptures to the drawings and opened an art gallery. Now there are lots of art spaces with pictures of local talents, and tourists are happy to sit down with cup of coffe or vine on terraces and feel as if they were in an open-air museum.
District of Sandelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
In Bogota, there are so many different graffiti that experts of local street art even arrange tours dedicated exclusively to wall painting. In the Colombian capital there are works not only of local artists, but of graffiti artists from Spain, Australia, France, the United States.
Photogenic examples are already found in the most ancient area of the city of Sandelaria – multi-colored art is decorated with souvenir shops, pizzerias and informal cafes. Not leaving the same colorful Sandelaria, you can get acquainted with other poles of Colombian art – for example, look into the museum of the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero, or get lost in the vintage store of discs and books in the cultural center of the city, near the cultural center of La Manzana Cultural.