Valparaiso, the city of murals

Valparaiso, Chile

Location No.: 59

Time spent there: 6 days – 02/07/17 – 02/12/17

Valparaiso is like a natural amphitheatre, a labyrinth of colorful stairways, of funiculars, of stray dogs and of tin houses hanging from the hills where on its walls, muralism has taken a life of its own and has undeniably become an integral part of the city’s identity.

Muralism arrived to Valparaiso in the 1970s, in part as a political tool. In later decades it empowered artists with not just political ideas but it became the signature of those who live and breathe art. Each mural participates in the collective latin american voice against social injustice and as a call for peace and beauty in the world. The walls in Valparaiso have become a mecca for local and international artists, a tourism attraction and a sort of heaven for those who like myself love and chase murals.

Here are a few that I really liked. If I post the 200+ photos of murals that I took I would fill up the 3 GB I get with this blog in just one post.

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Artist: Ella y Pitr
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Artist: Lalio Mutay – Artist from Chiloe who is starting to become known internationally.
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Artist: Ambar Erico
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Artist: Unknown
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Artist: Unknown
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Artist: Unknown
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Artist: Inti – Local artist who now resides in France and has become internationally known.
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Artist: Unknown
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Artist: Unknown
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Artist: Un Kolor Distinto – The artists are a couple who used to paint separately and after starting a relationship also started painting as one entity. They are well known in the city and have been commissioned by the local government to produce some impressive murals on tall buildings and the city’s trash collection trucks. They are currently on a fellowship in Europe and are becoming internationally known.
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