ECUADOR: Graffiti

Graffiti, Cotacachi, Ecuador

Graffiti, Cotacachi, Ecuador

Ecuador has some exceptionally fine graffiti artists.

Many people view graffiti as a nuisance and a defilement of public space. I find graffiti fascinating. I believe that graffiti should be regarded as much of a social art form as hip hop and rap music are dance and music expressions of our current social culture.

The graffiti artists of Ecuador, as in other places in the world today, create their art as an expression of their own personal messages to the world. The city street walls are their canvas and their temporary museum – until another graffiti artist comes along and paints over their art.

I always find it amazing how much courage it must take to create a piece of beautiful art knowing that at any moment someone could come along in the dead of night and paint over your creation.

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

I’ve travelled all over the world and observed how the graffiti often is a political or social message and at other times appears to be some sort of complex message that is hard to decipher if you are not the intended recipient.

"It's the hour for a change Ecuador!" Graffiti: Cotacachi, Ecuador

“It’s time to change Ecuador!” Graffiti: Cotacachi, Ecuador

Graffiti, Cotacachi, Ecuador

Graffiti, Cotacachi, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Canoa, Ecuador

Graffiti: Canoa, Ecuador

Graffiti: Otavalo, Ecuador

Graffiti: Otavalo, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Some of the graffiti in Ecuador is just plain masterful public art in mural form, both large and small:

Graffiti Mural: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti Mural: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

Graffiti: Quito, Ecuador

So, what do you think of graffiti as a form of “Public Art?”

Please feel free to add a comment below….

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3 thoughts on “ECUADOR: Graffiti

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  2. The graffiti here in Cuenca is stunning as well. The city hires artists to paint these beautiful murals. One day we watched as an artist transformed a bus stop bench into a work of art, we passed by a week later, and it had been painted over with another beautiful painting.

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    • Cool to know David! I really look forward to expanding my collection of graffiti art. I didn’t realize that the city of Cuenca actually HIRES people to do beautiful murals! How cool! Thanks for letting me know! Anything else I should know about Cuenca before I get there? ~Mary Anne

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