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Exploring the vibrant street art scene in Bogotá

Bogotá, the vibrant and colorful capital city of Colombia is best known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and delicious cuisine. But it’s also home to a thriving street art scene that’s been attracting visitors from all over the world. Join us on a journey through some of the best street art spots in Bogotá.

Street art in Bogota is not a new phenomenon: it’s been a part of the city's landscape for decades, with artists using walls and buildings as their canvases. The art form has evolved over time, from simple tags and throw-ups to elaborate murals that cover entire buildings. These murals often tell stories, showcase cultural icons, and highlight social issues that affect the people of Bogota.

Street art has become an important form of expression for the people of Bogota. It's a way for artists to showcase their talent, express their opinions, and tell their stories. It's also a way for the people of Bogota to reclaim their public spaces and make their voices heard. While street art is not always appreciated by everyone, it has become an integral part of the city's cultural landscape. The best part? Street art is constantly changing so there are always new pieces and areas to explore!

A barrio by barrio guide

One of the most famous areas for street art in Bogota is the Candelaria neighborhood: the starting point for many of Bogota’s graffiti walking tours. The art in this neighborhood is a mix of styles, from traditional murals to graffiti that incorporates political commentary and social satire. Many of the pieces are also interactive, encouraging people to take selfies and interact with the art. Most tours continue through the city's most colorful neighborhoods, spots like San Felipe and La Perseverancia, where you'll find incredible works of art by local artists.

One of the most iconic street art spots in Bogotá is Calle 26, aka the Open Air Museum of Bogotá. This avenue is home to some of the most stunning murals in the city, created by both local and international artists. From political statements to beautiful portraits and even sponsored walls, you'll find it all here. The best day to check out Calle 26 is Sunday, when the street is closed to cars – transforming it into a massive gallery for cyclists and pedestrians.

Street art mural graffiti in Calle 26 Bogota, Colombia
A fascinating stretch of street art on Calle 26. (Photo: Jimmy Gómez N, Bogota grafiti calle 26 con 7a - panoramio, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Another great spot to check out is the Paloquemao Market, a bustling market that is home to some incredible street art. As you walk through the market, you'll see colorful murals that depict the daily life of the locals, as well as Colombia's flora and fauna. This is a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture and discover some hidden gems.

Another popular spot for street art in Bogota is the neighborhood of La Macarena. This area is known for its vibrant nightlife and trendy restaurants, but it's also home to some incredible street art. The art in this area is diverse, with many pieces featuring bright colors and intricate designs that showcase the artist's skills.

Artists and works worth checking out

Here are a few of the many talented street artists who call Bogotá home (click on the hyperlinks to follow them on Instagram):

  1. DJ LU is recognized for his colorful and bold murals that depict social and political issues in Colombia. He often collaborates with other artists and is known for his use of stencils and spray paint. His most famous piece is probably La Gente No Se Rinde (The People Don't Give Up). It can be found in the neighborhood of Chapinero.

  2. Toxicómano is another prominent street artist in Bogotá who focuses on creating murals that address social issues such as violence, inequality, and poverty. He is known for his use of bright colors and bold designs. Don’t miss La Danza de la Vida (The Dance of Life) in Teusaquillo neighborhood.

  3. Guache's work is heavily influenced by indigenous Colombian cultures. He creates vibrant murals that celebrate nature and the environment, often incorporating animals and other natural elements into his designs. Check out La Madre Tierre (Mother Earth) in La Candelaria.

  4. Lesivo is a street artist who is known for his intricate and detailed murals that often feature mythical creatures and otherworldly landscapes. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world.

  5. Stinkfish is originally from Mexico but he’s made a name for himself in Bogotá. He’s known for his large-scale murals that often feature portraits of local people and are created using a combination of stencils and freehand painting. One particularly striking piece is La Mariposa (The Butterfly) in barrio Chapinero.

Street art mural graffiti by Toxicomano in Bogota, Colombia
Artwork by Toxicómano (Photo: Charlyzona, Trabajo de Toxicomano, CC BY-SA 4.0)

See it for yourself

Street art is a feature of any trip to Bogota, and you can’t help but see some incredible murals. If you’d like to dig a little deeper, however, speak to one of our Destination Experts about adding a tailor-made, private graffiti tour to one of our most popular Colombia itineraries.

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