Florianópolis is the Perfect Place for Top StreetArt

We recently finished sorting and naming our many thousand photos from Brazil. I had always thought that I should publish another street art gallery from there. But once all photos were sorted I realised that we have many many more than I expected… So, for the next few weeks you can expect a number of streetart galleries from Brazil.

This first one is exclusively from Florianópolis, precisely from the entire Ilha Santa Catarina, or ‘Floripa‘ as the locals call it. We were astonished how many top StreetArt pieces we discovered – sometimes in out-of-the-way places.

In the inland of Ilha Santa Catarina you can still find places which have a fairly rural feel to them – but even there we often came across outstanding pieces. As we mentioned in our blog post about Florianópolis , we gained the impression that there is a lot of creative talent on this island.

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The longer we stayed, the more we started to recognise the style of some street artists, and we were able to associate individual art pieces with them. For example, we found these fantasy birds with their sleepy bright green eyes almost everywhere. Too often we couldn’t stop to photograph.

The image below is a collage (not individual thumbnails).

One street artist on Santa Catarina Island paints finely detailed animals and birds, all with sleepy looking bright green eyes. We found these all over the island.

One street artist on Santa Catarina Island paints finely detailed animals and birds, all with sleepy looking bright green eyes. We found these all over the island.

Many of the street artists we found featured across the island, also took part in the massive overpass near the airport. This street art collaboration is so big that we dedicated a full gallery post to it . Nearby is a small industrial estate next to the highway, where the perimeter wall is slowly being turned into another gallery.

Florianópolis StreetArt: near to where we documented the amazing large piece covering an overpass is an industrial estate next to the highway. Its perimeter wall is slowly being turned into another street art gallery. If you're on Santa Catarina island watch this space!

Florianópolis StreetArt: near to where we documented the amazing large piece covering an overpass is an industrial estate next to the highway. Its perimeter wall is slowly being turned into another street art gallery. If you’re on Santa Catarina island watch this space!

In the city centre of Florianópolis we came upon a few murals, which made our jaws drop for their near photo-realistic look. Several of these artists, like ‘Valdi-Valdi‘, we recognised on the overpass near the airport. Others had left their mark on a long beach themed street art wall, which we discovered when driving the SC406 – a road which runs inland, along the length of the island.

Street Art we found at Lagoa da Conceição

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We noticed two themes which seem to be relatively local to Santa Catarina: a lot of ocean inspired pieces and countless lizards in various styles. The lizards were a prominent motif until we reached Rio de Janeiro – then they stopped.

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This post only contains 22 of the best photos, selected from nearly 90!
Which one is your favourite piece of street art?
Please let us know in the ‘comments’ below.
If you are holidaying on Santa Catarina Island (better known as Florianópolis), keep an eye out for the street art! Some of it can compete with the best, as our gallery with 22 photos shows you. Florianópolis is the Perfect Place for Top StreetArt! See more of our Brazil travel tips on dare2go.com.

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Juergen

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5 Responses

  1. James Smith says:

    When it’s on private property without permission, it’s not “Street Art” it’s vandalism. It make the neighbor look as if it is becoming a favela. The perpetrators should be sentenced to 6 months of nights in jail and their days spend removing “street art” and refurbishing the damage.

    It is what made Rio one of the ugliest cities in the world. They cleaned much of it up for the World Cup and Olympics, but it soon be as bad as ever.

    • Juergen says:

      Hi, James. I think first of all we have to distinguish between graffiti, like the usual ‘tagging’, and real street art. I personally think that 90% of the pieces I have published here fully deserve the label ‘art’. Not every art pleases everyone, tastes tend to differ widely, but the quality of execution puts these pieces squarely into the ‘art’ category. Many private people and businesses are now recognising that giving a street artist a legit canvas prevents their property from being vandalised with ‘graffiti’… Street artists, who make a living from their work, would never spray paint a wall without permission – and they sign it, same as a painting on canvas.

  2. Peter Rogers says:

    Another fantastic post, Juergen. I remember the magical days in Valparaiso when we walked along street after street of open air art gallery , marvelling at the creativity and skill of the artists. Sorry James but Juergen is right, street artists aren’t mere taggers, and many folks in Sth America love how they adorn and enhance their neighbourhoods. Indeed, residents often pay artists to paint their houses in stead of merely painting them a flat single colour. Love the chameleons – they are such fabulously weird prehistoric critters.

  3. Jim Smith says:

    Even well done, they make the neighborhood look like a Favela. If I had caught the ones that did two walls in my neighborhood, they would all be in jail right now. If they are such good artists, why do they have to deface others property, normally without permission? They are vandals and always will be.

    • Juergen says:

      Well, let’s just agree to disagree. I think our blog is the wrong place for this discussion and I will not continue it.
      All I would like to point out: we have come across corporate head quarters and other inner city properties with large street art murals which often cover 2 or 3 storeys, needed scaffolding to paint, and certainly took days to complete. In Berlin, Germany, we photographed in 2013 the (then) largest street art project in the world which covers a residential block of some 800 apartment units. The company owning the block stated that, from their experience with other painted properties in their portfolio, that such a street art project would reduce maintenance costs and enhanced the ‘quality of living’, for them meaning that tenants stay longer and vacancy rates dropped. You can see it featured in the Independent.co.uk!

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