In many cities, ugly scribbles of graffiti are a sign of decay and neglect. This isn’t true in Bogota, where dozens of colorful “street artists” are repainting the city in creative ways:
The street artists of Bogota all have serious day jobs. They are college professors, graphic designers and authors. They don’t alway work under the cover of night- many have permission by the owners to use a building as their canvas. Some of their designs are political, some are funny and some are just beautiful:
Many of the graffiti artists in Bogota are well known for their distinct style and subject matter, such as Pez, who always paints big smiling bird-type creatures:
If you are in Bogota and want to learn more about the rich street art culture, I recommend the Bogota Graffiti Tour, which is in English and run on donations. It’s the best way to truly delve into the art which makes the city so pretty.
40 thoughts on “Street Art of Bogota: A Photo Essay”
Stunning pics, Steph–they are so colorful! I love seeing street art when I travel. And I love that we have so much of it here in Austin!
These images are gorgeous. I particularly like the second to last one. Sometimes street art can be almost hidden and you only notice it if you are searching for it or know where to look for it. But these would definitely be impossible to miss!
I thought I saw impressive graffiti when I was in SA but this takes the cake – very cool 🙂
I was going to wait and do a South America Graffiti post, but there was so much in Bogota it warranted it’s own!
OK, obsessed…pretty sure I would love Bogota!
I think you would definitely like it!
love it! I love seeing how much street art varies so much all over the world.
Great photos. I always like street art, it seems to say a lot about the city and the people that live there.
Great street art finds. I like your favourite too.
These are amazing! I love how vibrant the colours are! This would certainly brighten up any neighbourhood. My favourite one is the second photo 😀
I like the 2nd one too!
These are all gorgeous! I especially love the 2nd picture – the colors are great. Do you have any idea who did the two images of the soldier? They look familiar.
It’s a popular print artist here in Bogota, I’m not sure if he copied the images from somewhere else though. They remind me of Banksy.
Yeah, that’s what I was thinking! Maybe there are some major Banksy fans in Bogota.