Valencia street art
Deep in some of the narrow streets of neighbourhoods like El Carmen, Cabanyal, El Pilar, Patraix and Ruzafa, among many others, you can find dozens of walls serenaded with emblematic art and modern style graffiti. Artists like Escif, Hyuro and Vinz are advocates to this form of art in Valencia, having echoed their works on torn-down buildings and lone walls. While some graffiti are thought-provoking provocations, others can be arguably visual cues and symbols that reflect the modern era we live in. It would be a shame to not pack an extra fully charged battery whilst in Valencia, Spain.
Be warned, some of the street art in the city can cause Stendhal's syndrome, for the enormous quantity and quality of art. Artists Blu and Escif did a collaboration in the Plaza del Tossal with Blu's 'the religion of money and the money of religion'. On Calle Corona you can spot Blu's graffiti on the side of a building that resembles a man's head facing up looking like he is eating away. In the Calle Alta you can admire the big cat on fire, which is at the beginning of the street to be exact, a short walk passed Plaza de Mossén Sorell. Going towards the Calle Caballeros and crossing the Plaza de San Jaime, you come across the famous Calle Baja. The famed urban mural in which a rabbit appears strangling a chicken with a paella dish at their feet is a work of art by Italian artist Erica Il Cane. This work of urban art in Valencia suggests that chicken and rabbit fight to the death to decide which is the best ingredient for paella, while at their feet a group of people in grey tones are waiting to eat them whilst watching the scene without intervening!
A different style of art in Valencia are the kawaii-inspired paintings of Julieta, who is a part of the city-wide XLF crew. Her style is manifested through imaginative scenes that almost always features a girl with her eyes closed. The best way to see the city's nooks and crannies are walking through the back streets of some of the neighbourhoods mentioned above. Valencia's streets are its galleries, where exhibitions are continuously changing and state-of-the-art craftsmanship can be found every day.
We invite you to view some of our favourite captures in El Carmen neighbourhood.