In addition to being the financial hub of the South American continent, São Paulo is one of the most creative and culturally diverse cities in the world. São Paulo has produced some of the best street artists in world, and we are here to show you where some of the best places in the city are for seeing their murals. But you had better hurry, because the new mayor of São Paulo has threatened to paint over some of the street art he claims are “visually polluting” the city.
Without a doubt one of the things the Vila Madalena neighborhood is known for is its street art, specifically the Beco do Batman. But the Vila, as residents like to call the neighborhood, also has street art in most of its tree-shaded streets. Another alleyway well worth exploring is the Beco do Aprendiz.
Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil
This narrow alleyway is covered with street art. The walls of the houses are composed of a mixture between ink and and plants that are born in the crevices of the walls. In this alley, every graffiti artist owns the wall where he paints – that is, after the owner’s permission, the only person who can paint there is the author of the original drawing. The entrance is at Rua Harmonia with the alleyway winding itself to end at Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque.
With street art dominating the Vila Madalena neighborhood, artists started to set their eyes on neighboring Pinheiros, and today there is a great selection of street art to see in that neighborhood also. The Benedito Calixto square – which on Saturdays are filled with artisans selling antiques and handicraft – during the week reveals beautiful designs made by very talented graffiti artists.
Not only sushi and Japanese trinkets are found in the Liberdade neighborhood. Around the streets Rua Galvão Bueno and Rua Glória it is possible to find several works of art, scattered between walls and doors of commercial establishments. Not surprisingly, it is common to see designs with hints of manga (Japanese comics) characters.
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