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A Visual Guide To Barcelona's Street Art

Squat House in Sant Antoni| Photo by Alison Moss
Squat House in Sant Antoni| Photo by Alison Moss
If you do not have the time to lose yourself in Barcelona’s alleys in order to discover some great street art, hop on our virtual tour of some of the city’s most colorful streets. From inspiring poetry to sculptures made out of trash, here is a visual guide to Barcelona’s eclectic urban creations.
Art Is a Common Good...Yet It Is Consumed by Unkown Photo by Alison Moss

Food for thought

You might come across these thought-provoking quotes pretty much anywhere in the city, but especially in the Raval. Besides reflecting on the nature of art, these unknown urban poets also share their thoughts about life in few yet striking words.

Together Forever by Unknown Photo by Alison Moss
You are love by Unknown Photo by Alison Moss
Live and Let Live With No Remorse Photo by Alison Moss

Precisely because these quotes are so stripped down and unadorned, they engage the distracted passerby to ponder on deeper issues that he or she usually leaves unattended in day-to-day life.

Graffity Sucks Like Deepthroat by Unknown Photo by Alison Moss

A Taste Of Your Own Medicine

Although it may seem ironic, these mysterious prints seemingly condemn graffiti artists. But do they really? Much speculation has revolved around the author of these prints and the mystery still pervades. Is this message truly propagated by the Barcelona city hall, which has decided to give Graffiti artists a taste of their own medicine, or is this a clever criticism of the repression that the government exerts on street art?

Graffity Sucks Like Deepthroat by Unknown Photo by Alison Moss

The bold crossing out of the image below leads us to think that somebody was pretty convinced that these prints were in fact anti-graffiti propaganda. What is your stance on the debate?

Look out for the Classics

Aside from these interesting newcomers, Barcelona’s streets will always have room for street-art heavyweights. This friendly pacifier, for instance, has been on Barcelona’s streets since the nineties.

"El Xupet Negre" Photo by Alison Moss

The author of this frisky logo, better known by his pseudonym ‘El Xupet Negre,’ has showcased his work in almost twenty exhibitions.

Much like El Xupet Negre, Francisco de Pájaro‘s Basquiat-like figures have been scattered all over the streets since 2009.

A Francisco de Pájaro drawing in the Raval Photo by Alison Moss

This Extremaduran artist has made quite a name for himself with his notorious slogan ‘Art is Trash,’ an accurate description of his militant battle against the institutionalization of art, which drives all of his work.

Monumental Paintings

Street artists are usually constrained by time when producing their works. Still, some pieces are crafted with such care and attention to detail that we cannot help but wonder how their authors were able to produce such elaborated works in such a limited amount of time.

Squat House in Sant Antoni Photo by Alison Moss
Untitled painting near Plaza Cataluña Photo by Alison Moss
Painted door in the Raval Photo by Alison Moss

These monumental paintings tend to be located near the Raval or Poblenou, so be sure to bring your camera along when visiting these areas!

Collages

If you start looking closely, you will soon realize that there are countless posters stuck in the most unexpected places.

Untitled prints in Carrer dels Elisabets Photo by Alison Moss
Various prints in Carrer Ferlandina Photo by Alison Moss
Untitled Print Photo by Alison Moss
Untitled Prints Photo by Alison Moss

Although these small gems might be hard to spot at first glance, they also contribute to transforming Barcelona’s streets into a life-size museum in which any artistic medium and message can be represented.