A look at the beautiful street art in Bogota , Colombia
In Bogota, I was surprised to street art literally everywhere. I had no idea that there was such a huge artist movement in the city! Go through any neighborhood, and you are bound to see art on the walls, doors, and more.
Of course, Colombia itself is trying to change the image that the rest of the world has of the country, and Bogotoa’s street artists are no different. By utilizing powerful themes in their art, they are able to question the status quo, use powerful political and social themes in their art, and are really drawing international acclaim and artists!
Apparently, street art is still prohibited, though it’s not illegal IF created on private property with the consent of the property owners. Apparently there are over 6000 murals in the city, meaning that there is a LOT of artwork to see outdoors in the city!
There’s a huge variety of murals, as you can imagine, the themes that stuck out the most to me were the characterizations of women, animals, indigenous people, and of course thesocio-political climate.
We sat a lot of amazing murals in the narrow alleys of the historic La Candelaria district, the “old city” Bogota.
If you are interested in learning more about the art and artists of Colombia’s capital and to get more context of the cultural inferences, check out Bogota Graffiti Tour – a group of many street artists are the tour guides and help provide context for the art, the techniques, the messages, and more. (We did not have time to do this, but it came highly recommended!)