Street Art in Ecuador: A Multitude of Colourful Styles

From every country we travel through, we like to show you some of the street art we discovered. In Ecuador we found a multitude of colourful styles, and many works were ‘officially’ sanctioned by the authorities. What a contrast to the prevalent thinking that all street art and graffiti is vandalism! Despite spending 6 months in Peru , it was the only country where we didn’t find much public art at all, not even enough to publish a gallery. Thus Ecuador’s street art really boosted our mood…

We were pleased to find a multitude of colourful street art styles in Ecuador, from government commissioned murals to spontaneous graffiti.

We were pleased to find a multitude of colourful street art styles in Ecuador, from government commissioned murals to spontaneous graffiti.

In Loja, the first city we came to in the south, we stopped by pure chance across the road from a private school. Its entire surrounding wall was covered in colourful, mostly ‘education themed’ works, by various street artists. We loved every one of them.

Street art in Loja, Ecuador: the first city we came to was Loja, where we found a colourful wall surrounding a private school.

Street art in Loja, Ecuador: the first city we came to was Loja, where we found a colourful wall surrounding a private school.

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In the centre, we later discovered a large beautiful mural on the wall of a petrol station. Who would have thought?

Street art in Loja, Ecuador: this beautiful mural was a border wall around a fuel station - of all places!

Street art in Loja, Ecuador: this beautiful mural was a border wall around a fuel station – of all places!

When we reached Cuenca, our favourite city in Ecuador , we noticed straight away that there is a lot of street art throughout the city and its suburbs.

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As we strolled through the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic centre of Cuenca, I noticed a red rectangular “stamp of approval” on many street art pieces: Cuenca alcaldía (Mayor’s Office). That’s what I mean by “sanctioned by the authorities”. Obviously, somebody realises that street art can beautify an otherwise drab streetscape. And it also provides some jobs and gives artists public exposure.

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Since our visit to Ecuador was cut short (we we unable get an extension for our visas) we didn’t manage to go to all the places we had planned to visit.

Towards the end of this gallery there are a few select murals from other towns in Ecuador. We hope you enjoyed this street art gallery from Ecuador! We are looking forward to what we will find in Colombia…

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We were pleased to find a multitude of colourful street art in Ecuador. Many works were 'officially' sanctioned by the authorities – such a contrast to the prevalent thinking that all street art and graffiti is vandalism. Many pieces looked like they were commissioned and beautifully executed. Have a look through our gallery for some inspiration!

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Juergen

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2 Responses

  1. So cool! We love street art and we like your series. Looking forward to travel through South America :-)

    Happy travels,
    Reni

    • Juergen says:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving this lovely comment. There’ll be more street art galleries! We found already many outstanding pieces in Colombia – before we are going to Bogota…

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