The Street Art of Colombia

Bogotá

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One of Fabian’s favorite things to photograph is graffiti, and luckily, Bogotá has plenty of it.

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In fact, the city is covered in it.

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Because of all the great photos he took of the street art there, I had to dedicate an entire post to the subject.

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Since Bogotá officials have more of a permissive attitude toward graffiti, street artists are able to put more time and thought into their work, instead of rushing it at night with the fear of getting caught and fined.

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This results in beautiful, larger than life masterpieces.

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Some businesses even commission artists to decorate their buildings.

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Some of the best work we saw was by one of our favorites, Pez, who we’ve also seen in Miami.  Pez is from Barcelona but now lives in Bogotá with his wife and their child.

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His work is very distinct, you can tell its him by the smile all his characters have.

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Pez gives his characters such large grins in the hopes that they will make his audience smile.

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“Smiling Since 1999”

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In collaboration with Pez, we found the work of (another artist we fell in love with in Miami), Chanoir.

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He’s mostly known for his cartoonish style cats.

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Another Bogotá favorite is Crisp, who was a well renowned traditional artist before coming to Colombia and falling in love with the street art.  Crisp is originally from Australia and had been making art all over Europe and Asia for ten years before resettling in Bogotá.  His work includes lots of animals and he even sculpts and paints masks which he plasters around the city as well.

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DjLu, a Fine Arts graduate at University National, leaves political messages all through out the city with his stencil work.  You can tell the work is his, since he always incorporates his motto “Juego Siempre,” (“Always Play”).

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These guys are little, but he has so many impactful designs, and you can find them all over the place.

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Although many artists have made names for themselves here, there’s also a lot of random scrawling.

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Some of it is over other murals, but it all seems to fit.

More of our favorites from…

Bogota:

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Cartagena:

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Santa Marta:

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