Graffiti Equals Art in Rio
Leah Walker March 23, 2012

In a place where beach sidewalks are visual feasts, it’s no wonder that art abounds on every blank spot in Rio.

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If you consider graffiti a form of art.

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 I’m not accustomed to seeing spray painted art.

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Houston graffiti is removed as quickly as it’s put up.

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Do I like it?

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In a word: Yes.

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It simply fits in Rio.

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Graffiti gives a glimpse into the Brazilian culture.

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Vibrant colors and creative design leap off the walls.

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In Rio, art is in the hand of the spray paint holder.

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.


    1. There was some really wonderful stuff that I didn’t get photos of. There is some great talent in Rio. I agree that it works in an urban landscape. I don’t see that flying in Anytown, USA.

    1. Thank you. I could have taken hundreds, but didn’t think about it until the thrid or fourth day. There really is some beautiful stuff made by talented artists. There seems to be a lot of emotion behind many of them.

  1. Hi Leah. There is a really interesting documentary, ‘Bomb It’, that features graffiti artists from around the world. I’d recommend it for insight into the art form and the artists themselves. There is a really fun section filmed in Rio following graffiti artist twins named Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. I wonder if any of your pictures show their work? Great images, thanks for sharing.

    1. I’d be interested in seeing that documentary. I’ve heard of the Brazilian twins, but didn’t know about the film. I know those twins went to NYC and did a project there. I’d be interested to know if I captured any of their work too. There was so much to see, and I wish I’d gotten more. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Really nice photos. I especially like the elephant! I’m heading to Rio in February next year and it’s inspired me to go and hunt down some impressive graffiti myself! I love it when people look beyond the obvious tourist shots.

    1. Thank you! There is some beautiful stuff, but I didn’t get nearly all of it. There are some famous twins that paint, but I’m not sure if I caught any of their paintings or not. You’re not going to have to look very hard for pretty stuff. Are you going for Carnival? I’m not even sure when it is in 2013.

  3. I love street art. Emily in Chile has some beautiful pics of the street art in Santiago, Chile. I’ve also seen images of the street art in Buenos Aires. Seems like S. America is home to a lot of gifted muralists and street artists. One of the best walls I’ve seen was in Paris in the Republique district.

    Thank you for linking me to your post.

    1. Yes, I love Emily’s site. She does such a great job; I’m a big fan. I think in general the countries in Latin America do a great job with street art. I’ve recently seen some great shots of art in San Francisco. Funny I didn’t notice it when I was there last, but I’ll make sure to keep my eyes open for that next time. Thanks for the tip on Paris. I’ll be there in November/December.

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