Street Art Brazil – from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia

I had told you that, when sorting through photos and naming them, I found a lot more street art photos from Brazil. To end the year, and to finish our reports from Brazil , this will be our last post of streetart images from Brazil.

This header image shows a stunning street art piece on a garage door in Brasilia. When you look though the other photos from Brasilia you will find more motifs from the same artist.

This header image shows a stunning street art piece on a garage door in Brasilia. When you look though the other photos from Brasilia you will find more motifs from the same artist.

The first part are photos shot in Rio de Janeiro, mainly in and around Santa Teresa. If you have read our previous Rio post you will know that we didn’t see that much of this city . I’m sure that you can find a lot more street art in other parts of the city – most likely near ‘favelas’. But it’s not always wise to enter these.

Please click thumbnails below for a larger photo with description.

Along the coast road, going north, we didn’t really notice much graffiti worth photographing. The same was true driving inland through the state of Minas Gerais and further west.

Most of the beach pavilions, which sell food and drinks, or rent out chairs and umbrellas, are decorated with murals.

Most of the beach pavilions, which sell food and drinks, or rent out chairs and umbrellas, are decorated with murals.

Lucky for me, I had to stop at a traffic light – it gave me the opportunity to photograph this colourful piece in Campos dos Goytacazes.

Lucky for me, I had to stop at a traffic light – it gave me the opportunity to photograph this colourful piece in Campos dos Goytacazes.

 

It was a different story once we came to Brasilia: in the residential sections of the inner city we found more than we could photograph. This was in part because we couldn’t find a convenient car park, or art pieces were too far apart. Along the main roads, Brasilia is not really a pedestrian friendly city. Sometimes pedestrian traffic lights are completely missing on major intersections or nearby. So you take your life into your own hands crossing a road – nobody will stop for you…

We spent considerable time along one of the residential ‘wings’ of Brasilia. If you want to understand what I mean by ‘wing’, please have a look at the drawing of the town plan in our Brasilia blog post . We needed to go there to find shops and also, one day, we were invited out for lunch.

The large residential apartment blocks have 24 hour security and are, in general, free of any graffiti, be it tags or real art works. Larger supermarkets, restaurants, and a few other specialty shops are located in a sort of ‘hub’ in the centre of apartment building clusters. But the main roads along the axis of the wing are lined with small single family homes or commercial properties, mostly small shops or banks.

These small properties, which don’t have security, attract a lot of illegal tagging and other graffiti. It appears that, as a response and a form of ‘protection’, many house owners choose to commission a street art piece by a professional artist.

Please click thumbnails below for a larger photo with description.

We had noticed before that these legal street art murals seem to be mostly respected by illegal taggers and the like (that most people call vandals)… Anyhow, I found a number of really stunning pieces along the one ‘wing axis’, where we had gone to visit an Oscar Niemeyer church and a supermarket.

After Brasilia I didn’t see a single piece of street art, which made me get my camera out – so this is all from us for the country of Brazil.

During our trip through Brazil we found a lot of stunning street art. In this, our third post, we show colourful murals from Rio de Janeiro, some smaller towns, and from the capital Brasilia. See our gallery!

PIN THIS for later!

Juergen

webmaster, main photographer & driver, second cook and only husband at dare2go.com. Freelance web designer with 20 years of experience at webbeetle.com.au

You may also like...

5 Responses

  1. Great selection. Brazilian street art is fantastic.
    I discover a young talented artist Valdi Valdi .
    You might like his artwork

    https://streetart360.net/2017/03/09/interview-with-brazilian-street-artist-valdi-valdi/

  2. I agree with Anita, I love the yellow tram one best! I’ve pinned a bunch of these to my pinterest street art board. Thanks!

  3. Love the bright yellow tram with the waiting passengers standing nearby. Looks almost like it could be an interactive art work and lots of fun to pose in front of it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

There will be more great content like this! On our Facebook Page you can also keep up with where we are and see the latest photos from our journey.
So why not follow us?

Send this to a friend