Street Art from Around the World

Posted on May 1, 2014 by

I[ n recent years, street art has evolved into something more than just graffiti. Renown artists like Banksy have helped bring awareness to street art, and cleared the cloud of mystery that used to revolve around it. What was once an act of vandalism is now a revered form of urban art that’s now appearing on the streets and walls of cities all around the world.  It’s bold, brash and artistic, and most of all, street art is a form of expression and often has an underlying message of political and societal context.

From Brazil to Palestine, we’re bringing you on a visual tour to experience the latest street art culture that’s taking the world by storm.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While exploring Rio de Janeiro, I found Lapa to be one of the most interesting areas in the city with gorgeous wall paintings and mosaic artwork. It may be a little gritty and scruffy, but there’s an undercurrent of bohemian and artistic vibes that epitomizes the character of Rio.

In the quirky Lapa district

An eclectic mixture off Sanskrit writings and contemporary art on the walls of Lapa

Preparing for World Cup

World cup fever in Rio de Janeiro

Contemporary artwork

Playing with femininity in Lapa

Childhood

The children of the streets

A world of contrast

Old vs new

Favela thoughts

In the favela of Santa Marta, the walls convey messages like “The rich want peace to get richer, we want peace for survival.”

West Bank, Palestine

During our visit to Israel over a year ago, we took the opportunity to cross over to the West Bank in the Palestinian Territories. What surprised us most were the street art lurking in every corner. Messages of the fight for freedom sprawled across the West Bank barrier that the Israelis erected. The strength and tenacity of the Palestinians are expressed through these evocative art work. Even Banksy left plenty of his masterpieces around the area.

Art that convey messages in Palestine

The Palestinians continue to fight for their freedom

the Palestine heroine

Leila Khaled is a famous female Palestinian freedom fighter born in the city of Haifa 1944. Khaled is the first ever woman to hijack a plane in history strapped with grenades around her waist and a pistol gun.

Free Palestine

Free Palestine

Banksy art work in Palestine

The art work of Banksy is seen on the streets of Bethlehem

Cape Town, South Africa

While in Cape Town, we went on a design walking tour with an architecture who led us through the streets of downtown Cape Town in search of contemporary urban art. What we found were really abstract and artsy work that we didn’t get understand but they got us thinking – and that was most important.

Creative artwork in Cape Town

Flying children on the walls

Design tour

Futuristic flashback

Street art in the township
While biking in the township of Masimpumelele, we stumbled upon this piece of art.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 The Slovenian capital of Ljubljana is small but eclectic and creative. Far from the medieval city center, we found some bright and youthful street art at the area around Hostel Celica. The hostel used to serve as a military prison but the Metelkova Network managed to convert the building and its surroundings into an independent cultural hub. This area is now a place for free-spirited locals and tourists to hang out and exchange ideas.

Alternative artwork in Ljubljana

Big foot

In the back streets of Hostel Celica

Living by their own rules

A youth park

Freedom of expression

Quirky artwork

A blend of alien characters and modern scribbles

Basseterre, St Kitts

On the Caribbean island of St Kitts, we left the beaches behind to explore the capital city of Basseterre and were pleasantly surprised to find interesting little corners revealing hints of local culture and flavors. Just a few blocks behind the Independence Square, we found a few walls painted with local heroes and political characters.

Caribbean street art

The wall of fame include portrait paintings of Kim Collins, a local track and field sprinter, and Sir Kennedy Simmonds, the ex-premier of the country.

Political characters

More local characters on display

Local heroes

Politicians seem to play an important role here – from left to right: Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican civil rights activist; Sir Lee Moore, an ex-Premier of St Kitts; and Robert Bradshaw, the first Premier of St Kitts.

 

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

4 Responses to “Street Art from Around the World”

  1. Carlos Ho D. May 1, 2014 3:37 pm
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    I totally love street art, though I feel I haven't taken as many pictures as you've done, Nellie.
    I really like Belfast and its street murals tradition. The whole city is a living, breathing and evolving museum of street art. If you haven't checked it yet, I highly recommend it!

  2. waitinginthedark May 3, 2014 5:11 pm
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    Beautiful photo essay. I'd say that my favourite are the wall paintings from Palestine. On the other hand, I'm curious of where you spotted the ones in Cape Town as I spent quite some time there and didn't see them :-)

  3. Escape Hunter May 7, 2014 12:01 pm
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    Sprawling beautiful street art… thank you for sharing!
    I often photograph them myself. Spain has the richest collection that I've seen so far…

  4. Kristy May 9, 2014 12:11 am
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    I find it very artistic and I love how artists display their views about their country is going through on their graffiti art.