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

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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  8. very nice graffiti indeed

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    1. Yes, there are some amazing street artists in Latin America! Thanks for commenting!

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      1. I see, it must be nice living there😊

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  9. Great post! We were in Peru last week but didn’t make it out of the Lima airport. There’s so much to see and do in Peru we are going to have to go back! Thanks for sharing the art and culture

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    1. Definitely, I want to go back to Peru soon too. Thanks for commenting!

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  10. This is beautiful! I am from the U.S. https://davidsway.blog , a health/wellness blog and we are interactive with countries all over the world. I want to follow and interact with Latin American countries. Are you still in Peru? If not, do you know of Latin American bloggers that I can communicate with? I study cultures worldwide. Thank you for this beautiful post. I love it.

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    1. Hi Brenda Sue,

      I just checked out your health and wellness blog and will continue to do so. As someone who tries to follow a healthy lifestyle for both good physical and mental health, I’ll be interested in learning new things I can integrate into my own daily routines.

      I live in Colombia where I’m currently studying the local cultures (definitely plural), just as I did while living and working in East Asia and the Middle East. I’d might be interested in working together on a project if that would interest you as well.

      Thanks for commenting and all the best with your blogging!

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  11. Hello, Henry! Thank you for your likes on “Rise”. That blog is practically inactive. I would love to see you on https://davidsway.blog We love having a diverse following from all over the world. I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Please read and comment. You seem highly intelligent and we desire your input.

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    1. Hahaha…I’m only intelligent enough to realize how little I know. Life is so amazing in that it seems to try to teach us this over and over again.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

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      1. Yes, undoubtedly, I’m still learning this and it’s a hard lesson!

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  12. Hi Henry, I attempted to reply from https://davidsway.blog but I am getting an error message. The collaboration sounds interesting. What do you have in mind?

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    1. I’m not sure, but I’m always interested in collaborating with other bloggers who share similar interests. Here’s my personal email where you can contact me.

      lewishen54@gmail.com

      Cheers,
      Henry

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      1. Okay, thanks Henry! My Author, David, of David’s Way may be interested in this. It sounds good!

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  13. Simply stunning art work. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I agree David. Latin America has an abundance of amazing artists.

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    1. Thanks SO much for the reblog! It looks like you’ve established something very special in Manchester. Latin culture–art, music, dance is simply AMAZING! All the best and enjoy those rhythms!

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      1. Thank you. For me your piece was a glance out of the window at the streets of Lima!

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  14. Some wonderful images here! I was in Lima, once. I quite like it.

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    1. Hi Resa,

      While Lima isn’t one of my favorite cites, it does offer some architectural jewels from the past and some great street art from the present!

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  15. Amazing art and artists!

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    1. I agree Sidran. Thanks!

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  16. I lived in Lima for a time too. There’s no place as artsy and romantic as Barranco. The last mural is one of my favorites. I love the mystical elements of these alien-like creatures with third eyes mimicking the posture of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Brittie,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience in Lima. I agree that Barranco is the place to stay for anyone who enjoys experiencing art and a street scene. Take care and enjoy your adventures!

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