Street Art In Valpo.
“I laugh at the way some people think graffiti is all selfish tagging and vandalism. Thoughtful street art is like good fiction – it speaks out on behalf of everyone, for us all to see.” Carla H Krueger
This picturesque port city of Valparaiso or Valpo as it is called to locals attracts artists from all over the world who proudly come to leave their mark on its walls.
The city has become internationally known as an open canvas for the creative urban artists.
You can visit Valparaíso and discover plenty of magnificent art on your own. But, for those low on time, and high on interest, I recommend taking the street art tour with Al Ramirez.
Al is a graffiti artist.
Graffiti has gained recognition from the art world more and more as a legitimate form of art.
It can mean a colorful mural with a message or a black and white stencil piece. In each case, graffiti art makes a statement.
The tour includes all kinds of street art.
“We are not Hippies, We are Happies” might just be the most popular piece of street art in all of Valparaíso. It was painted by Art + Believe, an English creative duo based in Brighton, UK and is located on one of Valparaíso’s most central streets. You may have to fight your way through the crowds to get a picture as it’s always packed with photo-happy tourists.
The most famous Valpo born artists is INTI. INTI’s murals are massive, his work literally demanding attention. It’s impossible to walk by one his monumental paintings without taking notice. He’s become quite the legend among street artists in Chile and has left his mark in almost every corner of the globe.
I learned on the tour that Pablo Neruda (Valparaiso’s most famous resident) invited artists to get creative in his city.
Consider it the social media of the day – as politicians now tweet their latest opinions to the masses, the street artists would spread their political messages via art.
Under the Pinochet dictatorship, street art in Chile emerged as a form of protest. It is still a form of protest today.
Street art is about communication, whether it is a beautiful mural, or fancy bubble letters.
I read everything. I’m a huge fan of walls that tell a story. (or stairs)
Thanks Al for a great day. http://www.ValpoStreetArt.com