A Visual Tour of Buenos Aires Beautiful Street Art Scene

There are many reasons to love the Argentina capital, and Buenos Aires street art scene is one of them.

I started being more seriously interested into street art a few years ago, after a trip to Brighton where for the first time I saw some seriously beautiful and creative murals.

It might sound strange to many, but in Italy, we’re often plagued with senseless graffiti which are nothing more than vandalism and little quality street art, although this started to change over the last few years. The reason is simple: we have so many historical – and wonderful – buildings that there’s not much available space left for street artists.

After Brighton, I pursued my quest for murals especially in cities like Berlin, London, Hamburg, Marseille (and there are much more) where it’s quite easy to spot colorful wall paintings, provocative scenes or pleasant decorative subjects just by wandering the streets with no specific aim.

Buenos Aires street art scene

Encouraged by the almost total freedom (apparently, the only necessary permission is from the building owner), urban artists contributed to Buenos Aires special character. This freedom of expression is all the most surprising when thinking of the dark period of the so-called “Dirty War” (1974-1983) when the military junta repressed any kind of free speech, persecuted thousands of people and have them disappear.

Buenos Aires Street Art San Telmo

Murals have become so popular that there are now street art tours, but it’s very easy to get a taste of the Buenos Aires street art scene even by yourselves. San Telmo, Palermo and La Boca, three of the best-known districts of the Argentina’s capital, are filled with wall paintings and colors, as is Villa Urquiza (although I did not visit this latter neighborhood).

Buenos Aires Street Art in Palermo

Whether ironic, provocative, decorative, denouncing social injustice or political manifestos, Buenos Aires graffitis tell a lot about Argentina, its people, and history.

Buenos Aires Graffiti

Murals in San Telmo

San Telmo Street Art

San Telmo Street Art

Street Art in San Telmo

Celebrating Maradona, el Pibe de Oro

Buenos Aires Street Art Maradona

Irony on poverty

Buenos Aires Murales: Irony on Poverty

In La Boca, the working class barrio, murals reflect the neighborhood social and political mood.

La Boca Street Art

Buenos Aires Street Art Scene

Buenos Aires Street Art in La Boca

Murals in La BocaStreet Art in La Boca, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, La Boca

Have you visited Buenos Aires and discovered more street art? Which is your favorite subject?

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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Content Creation. Besides travel writing Simon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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