If you haven´t been to Colombia, you probably haven´t heard about all of the street art work with which the local graffiti artists have painted the streets of downtown Bogota. In addition to the very unexpected/peculiar weather of Bogota, its streets in downtown are filled with surprises: live music at Chorro de Quevedo, funky restaurants, bars and beautifully done graffiti art by local and foreign artists.
These artists are extremely passionate. Through their art, they express not only their feelings, but also the history of their home town, their people, and of their country. If you are ready to see magical art outside of a museum, Bogota is a must see.
In 2013, the current Mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, passed a legislature making graffiti (in designated walls) legal. Prior to this, graffiti artists had to go on the streets late at night, hiding from the police and risking having to spend the night in jail.
Even with the prohibition of street graffiti, downtown Bogota was already filled with astonishing graffiti art. Today, world renown artists from all over the world are coming to the country to leave their mural size graffitis.
One of Colombian´s most famous graffiti artist goes by the name of Stinkfish. Do not be fooled by his silly name, his work leaves no doubt of his artistic talent.
Today, different companies offer guided graffiti tours of downtown Bogota. These are commonly done by artists who fully understand the meaning behind each graffiti, and the history that comes with it.
In this form of art, local and foreign artists have been able to express all over downtown, the social, political, cultural and moral values, as well as issues of the country and the world.
Colombian, living and traveling the world (well- not so much at the moment) I am currently sharing my time between San Diego, CA and Albuquerque, NM.