Rio street art is rather different from the European and North American street art I’ve shared in this video series before. Although, there is some overlap in style, for example when looking at stencil street art and wheat paste prints.
One of the differences between Rio street art and North American and European street art is a tendency towards the fantastical and surreal and towards abstract art. Altogether, street art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, appears a lot more colorful. This isn’t surprising, considering how vibrant Brazilian culture is in general.
All of the images were captured in the winter of 2013. However, as you can see, some of the work is much older. Therefore, I also assume that a good amount can still be seen today in 2016. Ever since then I’ve been wanting to publish a video dedicated to the unusual and cool street art found all over Rio de Janeiro. Now, with the Olympics happening in Rio, it seemed to be the right time.
A quick nerd-alert note on the footage. As you can probably tell, most of the images are photographs, not video footage. This is because I decided to publish this video in 1080p and the video original video footage was shot in 720p. To give you clearer images to enjoy, it made sense to use the higher resolution photos instead of video footage, which ends up looking a bit blurry once up-rezed to 1080. Nerd alert over.
Unfortunately, I can only name the artists or art collectives that left obvious signatures, like PXE (on his piece “vinyl sunset over plastic fields“), Santa Crew (in the Santa Teresa neighborhood) and Nata. Maybe you can add a few names?
The song in this video is “Roots” by Jahzzar, who shares lots of great music via his website betterwithmusic.com. The song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Thank you, Javier!
If you want to see more videos from my Brazil trip, please check these out: