One of my favorite aspects of living in Latin America is the abundance of street art that adorns buildings, alleys and bridges, especially in the major cities.

On my recent visit to Lima, Peru, I made sure I booked a room in the rapidly gentrifying hipster neighborhood of Barranco which is ground zero for Lima’s street art scene. The largest collection of paintings can be found in the area around the Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros) which has a reputation for being a popular place for young lovers to stroll.

Lima’s street art is particularly welcoming considering the city’s skies are perpetually gray for long stretches of the year. In addition, the city’s gray concrete walls and nondescript buildings make great canvases for creative street artists.

As is true of cities in Colombia and Ecuador, these colorful exterior scenes highlight each country’s ethnic diversity and native traditions as they merge with contemporary issues and international themes. Local artists–as well as the general population–love vibrant color and this is reflected in their art.

Since I believe the images speak for themselves, this introduction is brief. Enjoy this visual feast!

The Bridge of Sighs–Puente de los Suspiros.

Bridge of Sighs.

The Bridge of Sighs viewed from the opposite direction.

peace~henry

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Posted by Henry Lewis

Unconventional artist, writer, videographer and teacher. Personal Quote: It isn't easy being me ;-)

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  1. Wow Henry! A visual feast indeed! I’m not aways keen on street art myself but this is really an orgy of colour! Thank you for sharing it with us. Very generous!

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    1. Hi Marios,

      I agree that street art pops up in inappropriate places at times. However, it’s a great way for large metropolitan areas to revitalize blighted and once neglected areas of cities. This seems to be the case in cities such as Bogotá and Lima where daily tours of street art bring tourist dollars to once off the beaten track neighborhoods. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Wow..love how they use such vibrant colors. Must be such fun to compare the different styles in street art. Thanks for sharing Cuz. Stay safe and enjoy.

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    1. Hi Jane,

      Yes, it is fun to see the different styles and images used in street art produced in different cultures. Latin cultures are especially creative and of course the colors are striking! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Really vivid color. Looks great.

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  4. SO INTERESTING – LOVE ALL THE VIBRANT COLORS – THANKS FOR SHARING.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed! The colorful images definitely add vibrancy to the sort of dull, nondescript architecture that’s so common in many large cities.

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  5. Thanks for sharing such “eye-watering” pictures. The paintings inject life into what migh’ve been a dull environment. That’s probably one of the purposes anyway. Beautiful, vivid, and very socio-cultural. Generous of you, yes. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kader! In my humble estimation, this world can never contain too much art.

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  6. These truly are awe inspiring! Thanks for taking time to photograph and share them here.

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    1. And thank you Kristy for reading and commenting!

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  7. David Coomber Effect Studio October 19, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Nice pictures

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