The Ultimate Street Art Gallery from Uruguay

I don’t remember, without checking, how many street art galleries we have posted from Uruguay – but this will most likely be our last! Since we left Uruguay, I have gone through all of our photos to find the best pieces that I haven’t yet published. Most are from Montevideo, but some are from smaller towns we visited.

Small detail of one Street Art wall in Montevideo. We have collected many similar images and published as a new amazing gallery.

PIN THIS FOR LATER! Small detail of one Street Art wall in Montevideo. We have collected many similar images and published as a new amazing gallery.

Street Art in the centre of Montevideo: this deer head is part of a new piece in Calle Durazno. All together I can show 3 sections of it.

Street Art in the centre of Montevideo: this deer head is part of a new piece in Calle Durazno. All together I can show 3 sections of it.

 
Street Art in the centre of Montevideo: this piece on a corner building in Calle Durazno was still getting finished (see to the right the pre-painted shapes!).

Street Art in the centre of Montevideo: this piece on a corner building in Calle Durazno was still getting finished (see to the right the pre-painted shapes!).

Sometimes I was just lucky. In Calle Durazno, Montevideo, I came to a corner building where new art was just being applied. The 3 photos above are from this unfinished project. Go and have look (house numbers 900-906) – it should be finished by now!

I found street art in many unexpected small places, like the amazing mural galleries in Villa 25 de Agosto , Pan de Azúcar , and San Gregorio de Polanco (all are featured in their own blog posts – all links open in new windows/tabs).

Back in 2014 I published my first gallery of Uruguayan street art . Photos for that gallery were mostly taken in three locations: the Ciudad Vieja in Montevideo, around Parque Rodo in Montevideo, and a few in Colonia del Sacramento. This time we didn’t revisit Colonia, although it’s a beautiful town and UNESCO World Heritage listed.

This time we concentrated on Montevideo. I found a lot of works in side streets, like around the Tristán Narvaja market, which we visited several times. This part of the capital is a little run down, but these seem to be the suburbs which attract more street artists and general graffiti.

More from around the Tristan Narvaja Sunday market in Montevideo: this Frankenstein street art can be found on Calle Arenal Grande.

More from around the Tristan Narvaja Sunday market in Montevideo: this Frankenstein street art can be found on Calle Arenal Grande.


Another time I went to buy something in Calle Yaguaron, which runs from the Government Palace straight into the centre of town. The purchase was quickly done, but the street art kept me there for another hour or so.

Part of a long wall around a school yard. It shows how education can inspire kids. We have published several close-up photos of the individual children on Instragram.

Part of a long wall around a school yard. It shows how education can inspire kids. We have published several close-up photos of the individual children on Instragram.

This wall of a school is beautiful. We posted close-ups of individual sections (single face only) on Instagram: picture 1 , picture2 , and picture 3 . Did you miss them? Why don’t you follow us on Instagram ? We try to post at least one new photo every day, usually from somewhere near our current location.

Of course I also found a few more pieces in the centre of the city, mostly in side streets. On our last day in Montevideo we ventured once again into the Ciudad Vieja and found an amazing carnival piece in a small alley not far from Plaza Indepedencia. If you know our carnival posts you should recognise the various characters.

If you have seen our galleries of Carnival Photos from Montevideo these characters should be familiar to you.

If you have seen our galleries of Carnival Photos from Montevideo these characters should be familiar to you.

Are you also fascinated by urban art, particularly street art pictures?
Have you seen our other StreetArt galleries from South America ?


 
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16 Responses

  1. Amazing how much talent is out there. It would be worth to just do a street art tour in Uruguay. #TPThursday

    • Juergen says:

      Apparently there is an organised street art tour in Montevideo, although it seems to cover only Ciudad Vieja and the city centre. We find it more fun to amble through side streets and see what we might discover – as in quirky shops, restaurants, interesting buildings and street art.

  2. I do find street art fascinating. These are some unique finds! I particularly like the mural of the blue-haired lady that wraps around the corner.

    • Juergen says:

      The one you liked had a lot more detail, like a pair of bright red high-heel shoes, a pearl necklace, some feathers, painted on the wall around the corner – hidden behind the trees. It went quite a bit into that side street.

  3. The talent of street artists always amaze me! It really adds color and character to places that are otherwise eye sores. Have you ever been to Valparaiso to see their street art? That’s another great spot for colorful streets and buildings. Thank you for linking up with #weekendwanderlust.

  4. I love street art and have enjoyed all of your posts on Uruguay’s street art! My favorite in this collection is the vampire.

  5. budget jan says:

    I think street art is an excellent way of brightening up rundown areas. My favourite piece is the long wall around the school ground. I also like the deer and half ram half person with diamond.

    • Juergen says:

      I don’t think street art is necessarily limited to rundown parts of a city. Nowadays you see street art as decoration on modern concrete buildings or subway stations. It’s a cheap way to brighten up a bland facade and reduces the graffiti tagging on bare walls.

  6. Ruth says:

    So much art. You do not know where to start. I went to Montevideo about then years ago and I remember it was very artistic and creative cities. There were craft markets, street markets, museums, galleries and many statues. I enjoyed all those offerings. I imagine is way better now.

  7. Ohhh….I love street art! I had no idea that Uruguay had such a vibrant street art scene….we haven’t visited South America yet. I’d be running around with my camera all the time too! Saw your post through #WeekendWanderlust as I had just posted a blog post about street art in Melbourne where we currently live. Cheers from Down Under! :)

    • Juergen says:

      Yes, I see quite a bit of Melbourne street art in recent posts. I believe the last time I was in Melbourne must be ~15 years ago so that’s all ‘new’ to me.

  8. Catherine says:

    What a great selection of street art. I’m amazed by some of the street art I’ve seen in Europe and the U.S. (Haven’t been to Uruguay, unfortunately — or anywhere in S. America, for that matter). Some of it is simply brilliant and of course, some is closer to just being old-fashioned graffiti. Love being surprised by it in unexpected places, as you did.

    • Juergen says:

      A lot of the better street artist now travel the world and work internationally, so you can find works of the same people in many cities of the US and Europe. I read somewhere that street artists are the masters of social media, that all bloggers could learn from them.

  9. Cathy says:

    Wow some beautiful street art finds!! I love this!
    #weekendwanderlust

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