Where to Find the Best Street Art in São Paulo

Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul
Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul | © Cranio/Flickr
Lise Alves

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.

1. Beco do Aprendiz

Art Gallery

Beco do Aprendiz
© Arte Fora do Museu
Once one of the shadier parts of the neighborhood, in 2002 the Beco do Aprendiz was transformed into an open-air art gallery with the work of dozens of graffiti artists. The name – translated into “apprentice alleyway” – hints at the fact that these artists were not able to make their claim to a space in Beco do Batman, but as you will see they are just as good and just as creative.

2. Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul


2. Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul
© Cranio/Flickr
Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul, located in the northern end of the city, is considered by many street art connoisseurs as being the first Open Museum of Urban Art in São Paulo. In the last few years, the 33 pillars supporting the blue subway line at Carandiru Station have won several drawings by renowned artists such as Speto, Binho, Chivitz, Akeni, Minhau, Larkone, Onesto and Zezão.

3. Avenida 23 de Maio


23 de Maio graffiti
© Marco Gomes/Flickr
Although in 2017 the incoming mayor of São Paulo is promising to take down much of the graffiti on Avenida 23 de Maio, what is likely to remain should still be impressive. On the 70 walls along one of the busiest thoroughfares of the city, more than 200 artists were able to express themselves and show their artistry, leaving the transit in this main corridor less exhausting for those caught in the constant traffic jams. The graffitis found near Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antonio are worth a closer visit. If you can, observe the drawings from above, on the Jaceguai bridge.

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