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.
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.
Some of the graffiti in Ecuador is just plain masterful public art in mural form, both large and small:
So, what do you think of graffiti as a form of “Public Art?”
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