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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This street art by ‘Valdi Valdi’ is on a kiosk in a small park in the city centre of Florianópolis.
Another street art piece by ‘Valdi Valdi’ on a wall around apartments on the waterfront of Florianópolis.
These hummingbirds seem to be a commissioned street art work in the centre of Florianópolis, executed by L7matrix, an artist from São Paulo who works internationally (a lot in Europe).
Not all street art pieces in Florianópolis are in good condition. As the buildings deteriorate so do the murals…
Not all street art has to be very elaborate. This simple green and yellow clothes line adorned a temporary building site fence somewhere in the suburbs of Florianópolis. We came past it only three days later and it had been dismantled, ready to be trucked away. This temporary state of street art made us feel sad…
A long street art wall on the outskirts of the city of Florianópolis.
Another maritime themed street art mural, in rather poor condition, somewhere in the historic part of Florianópolis.
Florianópolis StreetArt: once you look closely this is a rather funny (and also serious) picture of two men swimming for their lives, trying to escape a shark baring its teeth.
Sorry that the beak of this ibis is cut off – we photographed it from our truck and couldn’t really stop. This was the front wall of a residential property close to Lagoa da Conceição.
Florianópolis StreetArt: this mermaid is also part of the beach themed wall around a housing estate.
Florianópolis StreetArt: part of a long beach themed mural around a housing estate.
My favourite piece of Florianópolis StreetArt: a lizard sitting on the beach licking an ice cream cone. This is part of a long mural which surrounds a housing estate in the centre of the island.
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.
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!
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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Florianópolis StreetArt is often inspired by ocean related themes or by the subtropical green nature – here you have both.
Florianópolis StreetArt: these two women’s heads, side by side, couldn’t be more different. One inspired by Spanish impressionists, the other almost in pop-art style.
I loved this mural of a boy sitting in chest deep water. The underwater perspective is near perfect.
Florianópolis StreetArt: this ‘voodoo’ inspired piece of street art was to the left of the boy under water.
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 ‘chameleon’ street art piece is in the city centre of Florianópolis on the side of a pedestrian stair.
Another beautifully detailed lizard in the city centre of Florianópolis.
Florianópolis StreetArt: lizards, a prominent feature, are on a building fence here. Notice the building in the back, which is completely covered in tiles (see our blog post about the Brazilian tile craze).
This blue wall is to the left of the ‘Valdi Valdi’ street art at the waterfront of Florianópolis. Notice the lizard sitting on the man’s shoulder!
This post only contains 22 of the best photos, selected from nearly 90!
Which one is your favourite piece of street art?
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