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Colombian street art | © Chris Bell
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Meet Colombia's Coolest Street Artists

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Updated: 1 May 2018
Street art in Colombia, particularly in the Colombian graffiti capital of Bogotà, is fast becoming world-famous for its quality, diversity and the fact that it is legal in many parts of Colombia, thus giving artists freedom to create amazing works of art. There are hundreds of artists working in Colombia, but some really stand out from the crowd: here, we meet some of Colombia’s coolest street artists.

Guache

Guache is one of the most successful street artists in Colombia, and his work and his unique style are instantly recognisable on a walk through Bogotà. Taking his name from a derogatory term for an indigenous person (the idea being to reclaim the term and give it new meaning), Guache’s giant murals shine a light on indigenous cultures and imagery, and his use of bright colours makes for some beautiful pieces of art.

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A Guache mural | © Chris Bell

DJ LU

One of Colombia’s most overtly political street artists, DJ LU (whose name comes from his DJing days; he’s also a trained architect) is a prolific graffiti artist, and his tags, stencils and murals are found throughout the Colombian capital. His stencils are especially well known, from his iconic pineapple grenade to images of homeless people from his native Bogotà. However, he is careful never to offer an outright political stance, something that his tagline Juegasiempre (‘always playing’) attests to.

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Political murals and stencils by DJ LU | © Chris Bell

Lik Mi

Lik Mi is an independent designer from Bogotà who has become well- known for her brightly coloured ‘paste-ups’ (paper designs pasted to walls in such a way that they are hard to rip off), as well as her large murals, which often depict sexual situations in a playful and relaxed fashion. She also designs bespoke jewellery.

Rodez

Rodez’s murals are unmissable due to his trademark style of depicting multiple eyes within his paintings. He is a visual and contemporary artist who also paints with his children, who go by the street-art names of Nomada and Malegria. Rodez likes to include within his pieces details from the experiences he has had while creating them, and so he will often write, within a mural, the names of people who came and talk to him while he was creating it.

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Rodez and his many-eyed creations | © Chris Bell

Stinkfish

Stinkfish was born in Bogotà and is now recognised as one of the best street artists in the world; he’s also one of the most highly sought-after Colombian artists and commands large fees for his projects these days. His most iconic images are vast, yellow-faced human figures, which are based on photos the artist himself takes of people he meets during his travels. Stinkfish’s work can be seen across the world, and many of his murals still adorn buildings in Bogotà.

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A Stinkfish mural | © Chris Bell

PerroGraff

An up-and-coming street artist who is also the founder of the popular Comuna 13 Street Art tours in Medellín, PerroGraff is a Medellín native who is trained as an architect and who also paints large, colourful and stylised murals, many of which can be seen on his engaging and informative graffiti tours.

Toxicomano

Toxicomano is a street-art collective that grew out of a former punk band (the punk aesthetic is evident in their fanzine-style murals and one of their central characters, Eddie the Punk) and have become perhaps the most important political art collective in Colombian graffiti right now. Their work is anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist and often plays with advertising slogans in order to subvert their messages.

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Political murals by Toxicomano | © Chris Bell