Buenos Aires is known for its incredible array of street art that can be seen all over the city. From large-scale murals to stencils and posters, street art is everywhere, but some places are better than others for seeing the best the city has to offer. We check out the best places to see urban art in Buenos Aires.
One of the first places in the city to see a proliferation of graffiti, this square in Colegiales is full of amazing street art, from graffiti to big murals by local artist Jaz and British artist Jim Vision that were painted as part of the Meeting of Styles festival in 2011. Check out the art around the Edenor power station, and see the famous headscarves of the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo painted above the playground.
Centro Ministerio de Diseno
This area in Barracas is part of the city government’s design district, and as such it is littered with amazing murals. Some were done as part of the second installation of the Meeting of Styles Festival in 2012, and many other are part of an ongoing project in the area that works with local and international artists in conjunction with the community, a commercial enterprise called Sullair and a street artist called Pol Corona.
The area around La Boca’s tourist centre Caminito was the site of one of the city’s more recent street art events, the ColorBA Festival, in which artists from Argentina, Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland, among others, participated. Keep an eye out for a large mural of a man chopping up a chorizo on the barbeque by local artist Jaz, and for a piece by famed British street artist Ben Eine.
Usina del Arte
The area around Usina del Arte was home to the inaugural ColorBA Festival in 2016, and not only are the blocks surrounding this world-class institution covered in murals, but there are also lots of small galleries that can be visited in La Boca’s Arts District. Make sure to check the calendar for the Usina itself in case there is anything you want to check out.
Usina del Arte, Agustín R. Caffarena 1, CABA, Argentina +54 11 4909-2076
Villa Crespo is home to a studio shared by three of the city’s most renowned street artists, so there are lots of smaller walls to seek out in this area. Head for the streets around the junction of Castillo and Serrano and not only will you be able to explore this wonderful neighbourhood, but also see some stunning artwork along the way.
Mercado de las Pulgas
This flea market on the border of Palermo and Colegiales is a veritable hotbed of great street art. A lot of it is left over from the first Meeting of Styles Festival, but there are newer artworks being added to it all the time. It’s just a few blocks from Plaza Matienzo, so you can check them both out at the same time.
Mercado de las Pulgas, Av. Dorrego 1650, CABA, Argentina +54 11 4779-2915
A little bit further to the north of the city you will find the neighbourhood of Villa Urquiza, a lesser-visited spot but well worth the trek. Here you can see huge murals by Italian legend Blu, as well as local star Martin Ron.