BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA: “IT SHOWS ON YOUR FACE”

I thought these were striking. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the artists are. On Calle 19. 29SEP12. Bogota, Colombia.

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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: BASTARDILLA

Bastardilla (“Italics” in English) is one of the leading female street artists. She’s known for doing very large murals depicting women experiencing different forms of isolation or sadness. This one on a huge wall facing a children’s playground, shows a woman inhaling daggers. She has murals all over the world including Madrid, Guatemala City, and Boston. Sadly, there’s a story that Bastardilla was raped in Bogotá when she was younger and that experience has served to influence her paintings of women. 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia.

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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PEZ!

Pez translates to ‘fish.’ His tag has evolved into a smiling fish character. He’s from Barcelona, Spain, but is based here in Bogotá. However, he continues to travel the world, painting. Pictured below are some of this legend’s trademark murals in the La Candelaria area:

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Smiling & Backpacking in Bogotá

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Considered an ‘elitest bloodfest’ by many, bullfighting in Colombia is as controversial as it is popular. The season lasts from January to February and something like 600 bulls will meet their painful, gory demise in that period of time. Tickets are expensive, so regular wage-earning Colombians can’t get in. The idea of the powerful, wealthy elite making their ways into the stadiums to embrace the slaughtering of bulls for sport, just adds to the animosity and great divide between the upper and lower classes in Colombia. Most street art in Bogotá reflects this attitude.

All Pictures: 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: WHO’S GOT A GRENADE?! by DjLU

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On the side of a  building that sits on Calle 20. Santa Fe/La Candelaria.

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Both pictures: 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: “HELD BACK,” by GOUACHE, DJLU, TOXICOMANO, & LESIVO

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Gouache, first part

There are four parts to this wall. The first part shows a poor man carrying a rich man on his back (something customary in the past) and in another way it symbolizes the man being held back, not able to be released, in the same way that he can’t release the doves.

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Part 2, DjLU

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Part 3, Toxicomano

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Part 3 continued, Toxicomano

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Part 3 continued, Toxicomano

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Part 4, Lesivo

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The Finale: Lesivo

29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: RODEZ

The artist Rodez is considered a legend on the streets of Bogotá. He’s in his late 50’s-early 60’s and he is a published children’s book illustrator/designer when not painting on the streets. Keeping his passion all in the family, he paints with his two sons, Nomada and Malegria. The three of them are from Colombia, but are based in Buenos Aires. Here are some highlights below:

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29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: RTZ

RTZ is one of the newer street artists emerging in Bogotá. He has three quite prominent murals stationed in La Candelaria. 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia.

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On Carrera 4. La Candelaria.

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Some of his signature symbols are big alligators and frogs. In the Plaza off of Carrera 2.

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This is in honor of an upcoming festival celebrating indigenous culture. Prior to last week, an APC Crew (the largest group of artists in Latin America, includes Stinkfish) mural had been up for several months. No one knows if RTZ was given permission to put this up, or if he’s too green to realize whose mural he covered up. 156 All Starz is a crew out of New York and RTZ must have allowed them to put their tag on it. La Candelaria.

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: A.P. C. CREW

The A.P.C. Crew, whose acronym can stand for almost anything beginning with “Animal,” is the largest crew in Colombia, boasting 40 artists. The crew includes men and women and it may actually be the biggest crew in all of Latin America. Its most famous member is Stinkfish. Pictured below are fragments of a beautiful wall they have claimed on Carrera 4 in La Candelaria. 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 28mm)

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Stinkfish has a unique style. He usually takes pictures of people he sees on the streets of Bogota and then stencils them.

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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: DJLU & LESIVO

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Gun Shooting Hearts

DjLu Stencil. On Carrera 3. La Candelaria. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect) Girl with Dynamite

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Lesivo. Carrera 4. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect) Dynamite

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DjLu. Juegasiempre + Woman + Grenade. Outside of planetarium, off of Carrera 7. Bogota, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PICTURES OF YOU

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Man with a Camera

I love this. It’s on the wall of a big indoor market in La Candelaria off of Carrera 2. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPAD, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

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Girl on a Lamppost

This mural is painted on the bottom of a lamppost on Carrera 7. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

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Einstein’s Love Equation

I can’t remember where I saw this, but I was glad I did. Somewhere in La Candelaria. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram Lo-Fi aspect)

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This piece is on Carrera 2 in a very mural-laden area. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia.