Friday, March 9, 2012

Street Art in Brazil

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Wherever I am, I take pictures of street art--South Tyrol, Bali, New York City, Nice--but there's no place on earth where the street art is more developed than in Brazil. As I was taking these pictures, I felt as if I were walking through the largest museum in the world. Rio de Janeiro, the world's first museum of street art. Every surface--facades, sidewalks, walls, fuse boxes, garage doors, benches, lampposts--is the street artist's canvas.

Of course this sort of art is controversial. Without a permit, it's illegal. There are people--probably a lot of people--who think street art makes a city uglier. These folks should ask Berlin how much money the Eastside Gallery makes every year.

Rio can be ugly for so many reasons, but not because of its street art. I was amazed by the talent, the wit and the passion that go into many of these pieces. I was struck by the relative anonymity of it. The average tourist is never going to know who painted them. Poking around on the internet has given me the names of a couple of artists. When I saw their unique work I was eager to share it.
 









And these from Sao Paolo . . .






If you want to see more Brazilian street art, go HERE and HERE. And if you are the artist who created any of these pieces, forgive me for not putting your name to them. If you'd like your name here, please let me know.

I must be off,
Christopher

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Christopher Allen is the author of the absurdist satire Conversations with S. Teri O'Type. Allen writes fiction, creative non-fiction and of course this here blog. His work has appeared in numerous places both online and in print. Read more about him HERE.

6 comments:

  1. Such strong, powerful images they almost speak! I particularly liked the hummingbird (?) - not so often (actually, never!) seen as street art subject matter.

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  2. These pictures are simply stunning! I love street art as it's the best way people can expressed themselves and conseguently a way or better understand a country and people living there :) I love the pictures with the eye!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, goody! glad you liked this post!

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  3. I love street art! I didn't actually know this until we visited Berlin (where street art is like breathing, apparently), but now I look for it in each city we travel. The key art photo you have here is really unique and cool.

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    1. Hey, Christy! Thank you for commenting! I almost missed those keys, but I looked down at just the right moment.

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