Street art comes in many forms and as we explored the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina we realized that this city has it all from giant murals to tiny paste-ups. In this photo essay, we present some of the best examples of classic street art in Buenos Aires–discovered during long walks in search of it and, in some cases, by pure chance–from artists including Campos Jesses, K2man, Reny Vega, Detour, Pol, ICE, and many others.
Classic street art in Buenos Aires
Here are some of our favorite examples of classic street art–from whimsical to hyper-realistic to impressionistic–in Buenos Aires.
Artist Martín Ron has done many works around Buenos Aires, usually in this photorealistic style and on a grand scale (this is small work for him).
An intriguing characteristic of street art is the way enduring works change through the years. We photographed these works in April of 2019 (left) and again in November of 2022.
In 1990, artist Marino Santa María transformed the exterior of his home on Calle Lanín, a small cobblestone lane in the Barracas neighborhood. Neighbors soon invited him to transform their homes as well and, with the help of the Buenos Aires city government, the Museo de Bellas Artes, and UNESCO, the work was extended to cover 35 houses over two blocks on Calle Lanin.