Wonderful Street Art Photos from Bogota’s Candelaria

We spent exactly 2 weeks in Bogota; most our photos from that time are street art pictures. Not that Bogota doesn’t offer any other sights (see link at the end of this post!), but street art is one of our passions and Bogota has so much to show. In this post, I am only concentrating on the wonderful street art pieces we found in and around Candelaria. This is Bogota’s historic centre, and where most backpackers stay as well.

Bogota's Candelaria, the historic district, is full of wonderful and quirky street art pieces, small and large. In this gallery we show some of the best. This is the work of a French street artist and was only finished a few weeks before our arrival. It's all painted with rollers and brushes.

Bogota’s Candelaria, the historic district, is full of wonderful and quirky street art pieces, small and large. In this gallery we show some of the best. This is the work of a French street artist and was only finished a few weeks before our arrival. It’s all painted with rollers and brushes.

A couple of weeks ago I published my first post of Bogota street art , in which I concentrated on murals found outside the historic centre. For both posts I had to be a little selective, showing only the very best, because I simply have too many photos to squeeze into two posts…

Street Art Walking Tour in Bogota

One day we joined a street art walking tour with Bogota Graffiti . These are tours for tips with an experienced guide, often local street artists themselves. You see, street art rarely pays or, if the artist gets paid, it’s often very little. Unless, of course, they are one of the world-renowned street art elite. But most of them are just happy to find a public canvas to express their latest ideas. The paint they use doesn’t come cheap either…

So joining this tour is a good way to support street artists, and to have each work explained by an insider of the scene. Our guide, Carlos, wasn’t a street artist but was studying visual design and seemed to be very much in touch with what was going on in his city. He certainly knew a lot about the history of individual pieces, their artists, how collaborations came to be, and so forth.

Bogota street art tour: a cat adorns this business front, with a homeless person sleeping right next to it.

Bogota street art tour: a cat adorns this business front, with a homeless person sleeping right next to it.

Unfortunately, the tour has such a fast pace that you won’t always find the time and space to snap the best pictures of individual murals and, at the same time, follow your guide’s commentary.

These explanations were often very detailed; covering technique, background of the artist, persons shown in images, their place in history, and current political context. It can be all a bit much to take in if you haven’t read up on Colombia’s recent past beforehand. Even then, you might be lost because many characters are of local importance. Carlos certainly didn’t hide his own political views on Colombia’s politicians, police forces, corruption, and industrial magnates.

I certainly learned a lot during the tour – and forgot a lot of it straight afterwards! Or better: I learned a lot, but it was so much information in such a short time that I fear I would mix up too many of the facts. Still, I have tried to give you some information in the individual image descriptions.

So enjoy the photos from our walking tour:

Please click thumbnails below for a larger photo with description.

We had visited Candelaria before and after our walking tour, when I took more photos. We passed (and stopped at) several of these individual murals during the tour but, for reasons mentioned above, I often took better pictures when I was on my own.

Enjoy our street art photos from Candelaria:

Please click thumbnails below for a larger photo with description.

In closing: please don’t expect to find all of the urban art items shown in this gallery when you visit Bogota! Street art is an evolving medium, so smaller works or murals done by lesser known artists are frequently painted over. Also, many pieces adorn older buildings or perimeter walls around properties – all places that might get developed in the near future.

But I can assure you that you will find great street art and graffiti in Bogota – almost everywhere you look!


Links to some Bogota Street Artists:

The following links are in no particular order and not complete. I found these pages during my research…
Facebook Tambor Guerrero | Toxicómano | Trilleras | Instagram of APC


Don’t forget to read our post about other things to do and see in Bogota.

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Street Art photos from Bogota's historic Candelaria district: there are so many wonderful and quirky murals, small and large - it'll take you weeks to discover them all... If you are interested in urban art, Bogota is a Mecca not to be missed. We recommend joining one of the walking tours to learn the stories behind some works. At the same time you will learn many interesting snippets about Colombia's past and present. See our extensive gallery post for more!

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