Valparaiso Chile: Home to Amazing Street Art

Valparaiso Chile (or Valpo as the locals call it) is about a ninety minute drive from Santiago, and is the second largest city in Chile.  Valpo is a historical city nestled in the hills overlooking Chiles first major port.CITY TRAVEL SOUTH AMERICA GRITTY IS PRETTY: STREET ART IN VALPARAISO | CHILE Posted on March 24, 2017 Vaparaiso Street Art - City View Valparaiso is a bit like San Francisco if the 90’s had never ended — think undercuts, paste-ups, and alt-rock bands, with less of the startup douchebaggery. This gritty city by the bay is true to its bohemian roots. There are local events and art exhibits abound, plenty of spots to catch a cheap show, and street art just about everywhere. What more could you want, really? Time in Valparaiso goes down faster than a street dog eats a completo. It is the kind of place you can stay for far too long without other plans to drag you away. Are you planning a visit to Valparaiso? There are plenty of cool things to do in Chile, but be sure to make time to stay and check out the Valparaiso street art. More information on where to find street art + street art tours in Valparaiso below! Valparaiso Street Art Under the Pinochet dictatorship, street art in Chile emerged as a form of protest. It could be done anonymously, so it was one of the safest ways to speak out during quite dangerous times. Decades later, street art is more popular than ever. Local and international artists have developed unique styles and tested them out all over Valpo. You’ll find everything from B.R.P, to fauvism, cubism, to wild style decorating the city walls without even having to look too hard.Vaparaiso Street Art - Woman with Sunrise on her Face Almost every building, wall, and storefront is painted in Valpo, with one notable exception – the pitifully white Radio Portales building. Strangely, it’s also the most tagged building in Valparaiso. What keeps it so white? Paint jobs. Daily. The rest of Valparaiso, on the other hand, has seemed to adopt the attitude that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Businesses and homeowners can either be the local tight ass and fall victim to ugly tags, or they can go ahead and share their wall with a muralist. This culture is what has made the city of Valparaiso into one enormous canvas for spray can art. Vaparaiso Street Art - Taylor in front of a wall Vaparaiso Street Art - Headless Body Vaparaiso Street Art - Homage to ChiloeVaparaiso Street Art -Bus Crossing a Colorful Mural Vaparaiso Street Art - Ally checking out the street art Vaparaiso Street Art - Former "Happies not Hippies" Mural Valparaiso Street Art - Man Eating an OctopusVaparaiso Street Art - Hand Grabbing PortholeVaparaiso Street Art - Bored WomanVaparaiso Street Art - Yellow Mural Dig the street art in Valparaiso? Don’t forget to follow the artists on Instagram! 1. Man holding a fish bowl by Mr. L | 2. Chilean woman by Anis | 3. Animals by Un Kolor Distinto | 4. Neo-Cubism by Okuda | 5. Chiloe mural by Daniel Marceli | 6. Psychedelic Face by Shokolei and Un Kolor Distinto | 7. NA | 8. Site of the late Happies not Hippies Mural by Art Believe | 9. Unknown | 10. Bored woman by Ella and Pitr | 12. Animal band by Seimiek | 13. Faces by Un Kolor Distinto Report this ad Where to Find Street Art in Valparaiso: Valparaíso, Chile amazing street artstreet art in Valpo, chile is amazingStreet art is used here as a form of expression, both politically and socially, and wherever you turn in Valparaiso you see street art.  On the walls, doors, buildings, bus stops and even on the buses. Where to Find Street Art in Valparaiso: Valparaíso, Chile fun street art with the family

Street art is legal in Valpo.  In fact, it is actually encouraged by city officials as they provide paint free of charge to anyone who wants to express themselves on the walls in the city. The only caveat is that artists must be granted permission from whomever owns the building before painting all over it.  This is in contrast to Bristol, where Banksy was born. Banksy has had some of his famous pieces of artwork painted over by the city since they consider it vandalism.8 Reasons You Should Go to Valpo to see street art in 8 Reasons You Should Go to Valparaiso, Chile I personally LOVE street art, and as we explored each winding street, we were presented with a cooler, more vibrant piece of street art.  The hip and artsy boho vibe of the city simply draws you in, and we explored every single boutique and every single street. Valparaíso, Chile with the family to see street art

Since Valpo is built in the hills, there are endless bars, bistros and cafes, clinging precariously to the cliffs edge. We all loved how bright and happy the city felt. Granted we were there in the summer, but as we ate fresh seafood overlooking the water, we were all extremely happy.

Where to Find Street Art in Valparaiso:
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Have you ever checked out the street art in Valparaiso Chile? Which city has your favorite street art?

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