20 City best places to see Street Art in the world

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Almost daily now new artists and writers internationally renowned decorate, in an increasingly masterly way, streets and buildings of many cities. More and more the public includes, appreciates and praises this new public art form. Initially born as a clandestine, abusive and in protest, it became todaytoday a frequent tool for the redevelopment of the territory, also supported and promoted by the institutions.

So why not think of a metropolitan tour to admire these splendid works? We suggest it to you, presenting the 20 best cities where you can admire Street Art in the world!


  1. Where and when was Street Art born?
  2. The most famous street artists
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. London, UK
  6. Warsaw, Poland
  7. Valencia, Spain
  8. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  9. Melbourne, Australia
  10. Cape Town, South Africa
  11. Mosk Russia
  12. Lisbon
  13. Bogota, Colombia
  14. Santiago, Chile
  15. Taipei, Taiwan
  16. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  17. New York, USA
  18. Mexico City, Mexico
  19. Prague, Czech Republic
  20. Paris, France
  21. Montreal, Canada
  22. User questions and comments

Where and when was Street Art born?

Street Art or Urban Art (in English Street Art) includes those art forms which manifest themselves in public places, often illegally, through the use of different techniques, such as: spray cans, artistic adhesives, normographic art, video projections, sculptures ...
The substantial difference between Street Art and Graffiti is found in the technique. In the first, in fact, the use of spray paint or the use of letters is not at all binding. Indeed, it is best expressed through the use of other means and human or animal subjects accompanied by slogans. Street Art finds its motivation within the soul of the artist who can practice it as a form of social and / or political protest or as a use of the public place par excellence (la strada) like if it were one art Gallery huge and open to anyone.
The turning point from Graffiti to Street Art took place in Paris negli years' 90, gradually influencing advertising graphics as well as marketing campaigns and, consequently, the taste of many people.Around 2000 in France, England, Spain, Finland and Italy we are witnessing something new: numerous artists, photographers, poets and graffiti artists completely abandon the rigid rules of graffiti and begin to produce using new techniques and iconography fencing say to communicate increasingly with the masses.

The most famous street artists

Certainly the artist of the moment is Bansky, already active in London in the early 2000s. Thanks to him anyone now knows what Street Art is. His works are decorations created with spray paints and immediately translatable into concepts related to today's society they aim at sensitize about social issues such as: the need for freedom of expression, pacifism, the often brutal forms of police repression, morality based on mere facade rules, anti-prohibitionism, respect for sexual freedom and conscience. Bansky's art derives directly from Pop Art and Graffiti art, however straddling the social community and the art world.
Other important street artists worldwide, in addition to the already mentioned and famous Banky, are:

  • The Gemini, two twins from St Paul who create large and colorful works of people on the surfaces of buildings (in 2007 they also painted a castle in Scotland);
  • Blek the Rat, is a famous Parisian artist who delights in painting homeless people in big cities;
  • Faith47, South African from Cape Town, creates large colored works depicting people and animals on different surfaces such as: pavements, post boxes, buses and of course walls.
  • Among the first Street Artist from the 90s Parisians we find Stak, Andrè and Honet.

As we said before, Street Art reached its turning point in the 2000s.
In addition to Bansky, theItaly played a big role with even the emergence of three schools attributable to:

  • Milan, focused on a standardization of interventions to intercept the widest possible audience. The decorations are small and medium in size, always in strong contrast with the municipality and the city government. Absolutely to mention the artist Bros, the poet Ivan Tresoldi, the illustrarocker Tvboy e Ozmo, already active since 1999. Unforgettable, then, i panettone transformed into Pao penguins.
  • Bologna, which has developed a style of massive decoration especially in abandoned industrial and metropolitan areas. To remember Blue, a world-famous street artist and video author, Ericailcane, also one of the best known Italian street artists in the world, ed Eron, active since the 90s between Rimini and Bologna and elected best Italian street artist by the specialized magazine AL Magazine. He has also exhibited his works in various museums and galleries around the world. The duo is also important Dado and Stefy.
  • Rome has its importance thanks to Sten & Lex, active since 2001 and considered among the pioneers of Stencil Graffiti in our country.

And now let's go back to the cities ... Here the 20 best where you can admire the works of these multifaceted artistsEtc.

1 - Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the mecca of Street Art! Hers first Wall it has been graffitied, painted and filled with messages of freedom; after his fall, graffiti artists turned elsewhere and invaded the city. From Mitte a Friedrichshain passing through Kreuzberg the murals take up as much space as possible. Not always, however, the tenants and the inhabitants of the shops have appreciated over time the artistic invasion and have invented themselves by applying mosaics and frescoes to shutters, shutters and walls to prevent them from being graffitied. The result was an increasingly colorful Berlin! Famous street artists they created several works and the Eastside Gallery, the most beautiful and history-rich open-air gallery in the world (and also the cheapest since it is completely free), fragments of the Wall rich in graffiti and works.

2 - Dublin, Ireland

Unbeknownst to many, the Street Art in Dublin consists of a full-blown movement, supported by the world art community. The purpose of this movement is to give a greater visual and artistic impact to the public space of the city, while respecting urban furniture. The city tour runs between:

  • Thomas St.,
  • John St.,
  • the TiFlights Theater car park,
  • Temple Bar,
  • Lower Liffey Street,
  • South Great George Street (where unfortunately you will no longer find the magnificent work dedicated to gay marriage),
  • Liberty Lane,
  • South Richmod St.,
  • Camden St.

To rest and discover a "secret" and unusual place, enter the The Bernard Shaw and visit its patio inside: you will discover an alternative world that will leave you speechless.

3 - London, UK

The phenomenon of Street Art has found one of its best frames in the English capital. The neighborhoods of the City, East London in particular, were made lively by the works of 10 great artists.

  • The first is the very famous Banksy who, despite having met with great success, has managed to remain anonymous: it seems that very few people know what his face is. His works, executed with the stencil technique, lightly deal with very serious and current themes. Despite many of his works have been canceled, like the one that portrayed the famous little girl with the heart-shaped balloon, it is impossible to hide that Banksy is a great source of inspiration.
  • Stik, famous for his graffiti in which men or stylized figures are always represented, he has created several works in the Hackney and Shoreditch areas. Mother and Child in Acton, often visible even when landing at Heathrow Airport, it has been so successful that it is considered the largest non-commissioned work of art in the English capital.
  • Space Invader, of Parisian origin, uses the technique of mosaic. The subjects portrayed by him are mostly characters belonging to the world of Games and located in unusual places of the city.
  • David Walker is an artist known for the beauty of women's faces that he is able to reproduce through the spray technique.
  • C215 it is often regarded as the French answer to Banksy. Christian Guémy is an artist who mostly depicts portraits in his works. His favorite subjects are mainly beggars, homeless people or refugees.
  • Alex Senna: the art in black and white of the Brazilian artist is considered one of the most romantic around. His works mostly portray couple kissing or hugging, but also moments loaded with emotions between friends.
  • ROA, originally from Belgium, often represents animals or birds typical of the area where he is painting. One of its main features is the use of very few colors, in particular white, black and red.
  • Phlegm: stage name comes from the Greek and indicates a substance internal to man probably due to an apathetic and emotionless temperament. His works, often performed on a grand scale, create a real urban landscape near abandoned or disused places. His works have as protagonists surreal subjects from an invented world.
  • Ben Wilson paints tiny works of art on chewing gum. You can find them on the ground or on the sidewalks. It is often easy to see it along the Millennium Bridge, crouched on the ground intent on creating some new work.
  • El Mac is an artist born in Los Angeles in 1980, famous for the technique he works with. Before starting work freezes his spray cans in order to lower the internal pressure and thus create a more delicate effect. His favorite subjects are the portraits.

4 - Warsaw, Poland

Following the course of the Vistula or passing in front of the University of Warsaw library open your eyes! Gradually, Street Art has become an important element, both in these areas and in Brzeska Street, near the station. Don't miss the areas of the center and those near Myślenicka Street, a delight for fans of the Polish football club Legia. In short, turn the city with your eyes wide open and attentive: Street Art is hidden everywhere!

5 - Valencia, Spain

Valencia is famous not only for being the birthplace of Paella, but also for its contemporary works that have made it one of the most visited cities in recent years. Here it also exists another art form that you would not expect to encounter and that it just turns out walking with the nose up. The Barrio del Carmen, the central district, the cradle of local nightlife, is the area that has benefited most from city redevelopment and international tourism. Until twenty years ago this neighborhood was run down, while now it is beating heart of the city.

6 - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Despite the air of decadence that hovers in the city, here they stand out the most beautiful and colorful murals you can imagine. In Sao Paulo there is a breaking point with classical art and Street Art finds its highest Brazilian expression in neighborhood of Vila Maddalena. It is a true open-air art gallery which also collects works by its greatest exponent: cobra. In São Paulo this type of art represents one form of social denunciation and serves to convey messages of radical change in society, often at odds with the concept of private property.

7 - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne will surprise you! You will find yourself surrounded by colors, energy and ideas. Are many i tourists that come this far to admire the Street Art of the city. The authorities allow to decorate some public spaces, as well as allowing private individuals to have works carried out on certain portions of buildings. This contributes to making the city artistically alive and vibrant. The best known way is Hosier Lane, completely pedestrian with the walls entirely covered with colors and designs.

8 - Cape Town, South Africa

This city is also a mine of Street Art works, born from the creative genius of artists who have been able to renew themselves over time and of new experimenters. The city has been able to evolve over the years with truly significant pieces of art and spread throughout the urban area. Some of the best examples created by renowned local and international artists are found in vibrant and comfortable suburb of Woodstock. Street Art in Cape Town is an evident and double act: artistic as a contributor to an embellishment and modernization of buildings, but also a vector of positive social and economic change within the community.

9 - Moscow, Russia

The Russian capital is also rich in works. In recent times the city is facing a strong urban renewal coming "from below": no new buildings, no futuristic architecture, but a breath of colors to embellish its traditional appearance. P183 is the best known artist, even defined by some the new Bansky. Certainly the mystery accumulates them: of him we only know his real name, Pavel, age, 28, and that he studied Communicative Design before showing his talent in the Moscow urban landscape. Stroll around the city and have fun discovering all these incredible works, both by P183 and other colleagues.

10 - Lisbon

Perhaps a city that many don't expect to find on this list and instead the Portuguese capital hosts a considerable number of works of Street Art. Lisbon it attracts more and more writers of international caliber, as well as tourists in search of graffiti and murals scattered around the city. Trekking up and down the steep alleys of the Bairro Alto, you will find the Museu Efémero, a real open-air museum. It is an "ephemeral" museum, as its name indicates. The murals and graffiti that compose it are in fact continually added, modified, replaced or eliminated. Before starting the tour it is good to go to the museum website (http://museuefemero.blogspot.com) and download the map and the audio guide (available in both Portuguese and English) to upload to your mp3 player. Not to be missed: Mulberries where to admire the oldest murals in Lisbon (some even dating back to the 90s) and the district of Mouraria where photos of the inhabitants are printed on the walls of streets and buildings. A visit is a must in Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo where there is a palace with some of the most famous murals.

It is so beautiful and rich in works that it is impossible to create some kind of tour. You will need to arm yourself with good sneakers, a camera and desire to discover. Wandering around around the city you will find incredible works almost everywhere. We recommend some locations, but really, scout the city and don't limit yourself to these places:

  • Brooks Ave and Hampton Drive,
  • 16th and Central, Venice Beach,
  • 7th and Hoover,
  • 7th and Westlake,
  • 7th and Hartford,
  • West Adam and Broadway,
  • 21st,
  • 18st.

12 - Bogota, Colombia

Pineapples that look like grenades and flowers in guns: Street Art illustrates in Bogota war and peace between the Colombian government and the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). The civil war in Colombia has been going on for 51 years despite various negotiations and negotiations to achieve peace. In the years of the conflict, in the meantime the Street Art: a mix of hope and denunciation. In recent years it has become very popular and has seen authors such as DjLu, CRISP, Rodez, Toxicomano, Bastardilla. There are also those who have glimpsed a possible business in all this and created specialized tour agencies through the streets of the metropolis.

13 - Santiago, Chile

Also in this city you will find splendid works of Street Art. Explore the Bellavista neighborhood where shopkeepers love to have the walls of their businesses decorated to make their shops more beautiful and attract a greater number of customers. Go and admire the Imagen Theater: its walls seem decorated with ghosts. Don't miss the Cielo Abierto Museum, born with the aim of giving new life and color to the old buildings ofl neighborhood of San Miguel: you will be enchanted. Other unmissable places are Barrio Concha y Toro and Barrio Brasil.

14 - Taipei, Taiwan

The city hides a secret place, full of Street Art: Nangang Bottle Cap Factory. It's a alternative gallery, without even a real official entry. It is not a tourist site, but it is a must for Street Art lovers. You will find works not only by local artists, but also by many Europeans. It was also born a campaign to safeguard these works, also because it has proved to be an excellent and possible source for tourism. Furthermore, the location is so characteristic that it is now also used for musical events and as a film and photographic set.

15 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Argentine city also offers remarkable works made in this style. The abundance of large, bare white walls has facilitated the approval of local authorities for the creation of splendid works. Also, compared to other cities, there is no long bureaucratic process to follow: if the owner of the building agrees, the facades can be colored, embellished and painted. Potentially every corner of the city could be different tomorrow and the result of this policy it is mind blowing! Many international artists they chose to go here to create their works. The Street Art of Buenos Aires is attracting more and more tourists and onlookers, thus also proving to be an excellent deal in economic terms and visibility for the city.

16 - New York, USA

It is almost superfluous to underline how many open-air works the Big Apple has. To enjoy the best, we suggest you take some sort of tour. Between Queens and Brooklyn there are many places that abound with Street Art. A Manhattan instead, after the restrictive policies of all the latest administrations, it is more difficult to find any. Modern graffiti was born in New York in the 70s and it was in the 80s that the first illegal "signs of Street Art" began to appear. However, arousing a lot of artistic interest, now in some cases it is the property owners who give the allowed artists to use the walls if not even a commission the works. The creations are so many and interesting, by unknown and well-known artists, that our advice is to "get lost" in the curious observation of urban walls and ravines. But be careful: street art is ephemeral and what exists today tomorrow may no longer exist!

17 - Mexico City, Mexico

In Mexico we find one new form of contemporary expression, based on deep historical and cultural roots. This is the Street Art you will find in Mexico City. Her peculiarities it is visible in every work. The relative permissiveness, as the authorization of the owner of the wall is always required, gave way to this magnificence of colors and social protest. An emblematic symbol is the skull: widespread in Mexican Street Art, it is an archetypal icon of Aztec origin with a positive meaning of rebirth and continuation of life. It is no coincidence that it is a very powerful symbol during the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. You will find many works of Street Art in Cologne Doctores, around the headquarters of the Foro Cultural Mujam, and through the busy streets of the Old Town. Here it was started a project which sought to combine art, city beautification and social cohesion. Street Art, therefore, as an instrument of denunciation and reflection on conscience, thanks also to the intervention of some local artists and others of international fame.

18 - Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague graffiti world started to develop in the early 90's and is continuing to grow. Many street artists come from academies and art schools and several of them have presented their works in exhibitions, galleries and exhibitions. The city is certainly not on par with New York or Berlin, but it offers a rather lively scene with well-established and well-known names such as Cryptic257, Point, Pasta Oner, Skarf, Master, Tron and Epos 257. The most interesting points are scattered throughout Prague and to reach them it is almost always necessary to move away from the center:

  • Vítězné náměstí,
  • Malá Strana, where is it the John Lennon wall. Although today it is painted mostly by tourists and therefore is not particularly representative of Prague Street Art, the wall is a must for its role in the history of the Czech Republic. From the 80s it became a symbol of peace and freedom, when young people from Prague began to fill it with graffiti inspired by John and phrases taken from Beatles songs. The young people did not give up doing it even after the various paintings and cancellations imposed by the communist regime. The peculiarity of the John Lennon wall is that changes all the time. The closest stop to John's Wall
  • Na Knížecí,
  • Za Ženskými domovy,
  • MeetFactory, an international center of contemporary art founded by the controversial Czech artist David Černý. One of the facades is constantly covered with graffiti which changes from time to time.
  • Drip on Block # 1 is one of the legal spots in the city: about 160 meters long and 4 meters high filled with colorful graffiti, tags and surreal figures.

19 - Paris, France

Even Street Art in Paris has a certain something exquisitely Parisian, a shade of elegance and charm. You will find excellent Street Art at:

  • Beautiful city, multi-ethnic and fascinating district,
  • Rue du Faugbourg du Temple
  • 101 of Rue Jacques Louvel-Tessier and 24 of Rue Alibiert 3 walls are at the artists' disposal: a huge tiger runs next to the pavement, a little further on an equally majestic rhino "lives" on the wall together with thoughtful or life-marked faces.
  • Rue Moinon where white men climb buildings and a greedy dog ​​slips money from a trap.
  • Les Frigos, in the street of the same name, is a building once used to keep food in a cool place, now transformed into underground atelier reign of photography, graffiti and art in general.
  • Le Mur de Gainsbourg in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Rue de Verneuil 5 bis) with the stencil by Serge Gainsbourg and the magnificent tributes of artists to his art.

20 - Montreal, Canada

A small pearl to conclude our virtual Street Art tour among the cities of the world that host remarkable examples of this contemporary art form. Every year in June, a Montreal celebrates Street Art with a festival. For about ten days, the Saint-Laurent Boulevard, one of the main streets of the city, comes alive for the Mural Festival. Visiting Montreal these days you can admire the artists in the act of creating their own splendid works. Creative geniuses are International and one better than the other. The celebrations begin with a free street party and then continue with various exhibitions, installations and musical events. You will be enchanted admiring the "exhibited" works: trust me!

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