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La Quinquela, Buenos Aires Street Art, Argentina (6)

 

Street art is not what Buenos Aires is usually known for. The vibrant capital of Argentina is best known for its elegant parks, bustling boulevards, impressive historical buildings and buzzing day and night life. Lesser known, but no less impressive, is the abundance of graffiti raised to street art in several iconic districts of the city.

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Galpon de Catalinas

 

 

Meeting of Styles and Color BA

 

The Meeting of Styles graffiti festival came to Buenos Aires in 2011.

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Mural in Arts District

With the support of the Ministry of the Environment & Public Space, over 130 local and international artists participated in the city-wide urban art festival. Over the 3 day period, many great murals were created.

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Wall mural

 

The City of Buenos Aires has also held a series of “Color BA” festivals the second being in 2016 and the third in 2017.

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Street art

This art festival has invited local and international urban artists to create murals in an area that has covered over 2,500 m2 of space in the Distrito de Las Artes (Arts district).

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2nd Color BA in 2106

The city of Buenos Aires has actively incentivized artists to create murals on walls

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Wall mural

and building facades,

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Facade mural

generating open air art circuits and placing Buenos Aires on the world map for this art form.

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Distrito de las Artes

 

 

Where to see street art

 

Distrito de Las Artes

Distrito de Las Artes is a section of South Buenos Aires which the city has designated to promote the development, creation and diffusion of culture. It covers La Boca, part of San Telmo and Barracas.

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Distrito de las Artes

There are many murals which can be seen on Pedro de Mendoza, Blanes, 20 de septiembre and Caboto Streets.

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Distrito de Las Artes

La Boca

Caminito Street in La Boca District is one of the city’s most visited tourist spots famous for its coloured houses. Here you will also find many murals.

Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caminito

In La Boca,  close to Boca Junior’s stadium La Bombonera, you can find walls with images of Diego Maradona,

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Diego

or the sides of buildings with iconic scenes such as Carlos Tevez playing football with a young boy

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Carlos Tevez

covering the whole side wall of an apartment building as well as other scenes related to tango and Argentine culture.

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Youth

 

Barracas

In Barracas neighbourhood you can find the longest mural in the world painted by a single artist. El Regreso de La Quinquela, painted by Alfredo Segatori.

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La Quinquela

This mural covers 2,000 m2 on Lavadero and San Antonio Streets.

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La Quinquela

On Lanin Street in Barracas you see murals made with mosaics by local artist Marino Santa Maria.

Lanin Street, Buenos Aires Street Art, Argentina

Lanin Street

Palermo

In Palermo, take a stroll through the leafy streets and you will come across murals on walls,

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Palermo wall

on the sides of buildings

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Palermo building

or as the facade to a house or shop.

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Palermo facade

 

Others

Other places for graffiti spotting are Plaza Matienzo in Colegiales district, Villa Crespo in the streets around the junction of Castillo and Serrano and Mercado de las Pulgas (flea market) on the border of Palermo and Colegiales.

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Buenos Aires street art

 

Exploring the street art

You can take a self guided tour visiting the areas mentioned above, wandering the streets and exploring at your own pace. There are also guided graffiti tours.

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Buenos Aires street art

No matter how you do it, if you have the time, go and explore the street art of Buenos Aires. Don’t miss it!

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