Street Art that You Can’t Miss When in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a big city with lots of things to do. But there are also many hidden gems that can only be discovered if you know where to look. One such hidden gem is street art in Buenos Aires.
I have collected some of my favorite spots for street art to share with you right here! So, you also get a chance to enjoy them when visiting Buenos Aires!
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#1 Flower woman
This mural shows a face of a woman with a crown of flowers and a huge leopard on the garage door below her. The piece covers the whole façade of a building and is made up of multiple layers.
The mural of this flower woman is without any doubt one of my favorite pieces of street art in Buenos Aires.
The piece is made by the Argentine artists group, Campos Jesses. They are the same ones that made the famous Frida Kahlo mural in Palermo (see below).
The flower woman is located on the façade of the bar and nightclub, Kuma. And at night it lights up to give an even more spectacular experience.
Location: Presidente José Evaristo Uriburu 1073 (Recoleta)
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#2 Frida Kahlo Mural
This mural of the iconic Frida Kahlo holding a cigarette is properly one of the most photographed street art murals in Buenos Aires.
It is performed by the Argentine artist group, Campos Jesses. The same ones with the flower woman above.
The Frida Kahlo street art mural is located outside the bar and nightclub Fridha.
Location: Dorrego 1735 (Palermo)
#3 Hospital of the Medical School
On the façade of the Clinical Hospital of University of Buenos Aires is a massive mural created in memorial for the anniversary of the AMIA attack.
The AMIA attack happened on July 18th, 1994, when a bomb exploded inside the AMIA, Argentine Israelite Mutual Association’s building. More than 300 people were injured, and 85 were killed. It is seen as the biggest attack on Jews outside of Israel since the second world war. However, the guilt(s) of the attack was never found, and until this day, the case remains unsolved. Read more about the AMIA attack here.
The street art mural is a joint effort by Argentine artists Mariano Andedomenico, Martín Ron, and Mariela Ajras. The three murals represent a scene from just after the bombing, a scene from inside the hospital after the attack, and the injustice of the unsolved case. The mural is made in honor of the work of Argentine doctors who treated the more than 300 injured after the attack.
This enormous street art mural was finished in 2019.
These three street art pieces are located it is within walking distance of the mural with the flower woman (#1) – a perfect two-in-one fit!
Tip: you get the best view if you take the subway to Facultad de Medicina on the D-line. Read more about public transportation here.
Location: Hospital de Clíncas – Presidente José Evaristo Uriburu between Avenida Córdoba and Paraguay (Recoleta)
#4 Fileteado porteño and Callejón Gardel
Buenos Aires has its own classic type of street art, called fileteado porteño.
You might have seen some beautifully painted signs on the San Telmo Sunday market. Or some of the classic restaurants with carefully painted decorations on their windows. If so, then you have most likely seen some examples of fileteado.
In the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Almagro takes this classic porteño art to a new level! Here there are two whole houses covered with beautiful fileteado porteño.
On the street Jean Jaures in Almagro, there are two whole blocks of different types of street art; both fileteado porteño and more classic street art; such as a massive painting of tango legend Carlos Gardel.
Here you can also find Carlos Gardel’s childhood home-turned-museum. As well as the alley of Carlos Cardel, Callejón Carlos Gardel, where you can experience some more fileteado porteño. Read more about fileteado porteño here.
Almagro in itself is full of a bohemian tango vibe with will give you a more authentic experience than just sticking to the center of Buenos Aires. You can also head out on Avenida Corrientes to take a look at the iconic Buenos Aires landmark, the Abasto Shopping Mall.
Location: Jean Jaures 715 (Almagro)
#5 Alice in Wonderland
Have you ever wondered what your house might look like if you were part of Alice in Wonderland?
When in Buenos Aires you don’t have to wonder anymore. This street art mural will answer your question.
The street art mural is located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Colegiales. It is performed by French street art artist, Celine Hitier. See more of her Alice in Wonderland street art here.
Location: Conde 494 (Villa Crespo)
#6 3-D art in Puerto Madero
In the high-end neighborhood of Puerto Madero, you can find some great 3-D street art inside the local park called Parque Mujeres Argentinas, or park for Argentine women.
These 3-D paintings are created by Mexican 3D artist, Juandres Vera for the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires in 2018.
Unfortunately, the paintings are starting to look a little bit worn out – wind, rain, and people jumping on them have set their mark.
Location: Parque Mujeres Argentinas just behind Puente de la Mujer (Puerto Madero)
#7 The Flower House in DoHo Villa Urquiza
One of my favorite street art artists is Argentine Josefina di Nucci. She paints big, colorful and flower-filled murals.
She has multiple murals around Buenos Aires, but one of them is in the new upcoming DoHo Villa Urquiza area. This mural really deserves a mention: The whole corner façade of restaurant ACHE Delugo is covered in flowers.
You can see more of Josefina di Nucci’s street artwork on her Instagram.
Remember to check out all my tips for visiting DoHo Villa Urquiza!
Location: Donado 1898 (Villa Urquiza)
#8 Marxist kittens
This mural has my all-time favorite thing: cats!
The street art mural is created by Argentine street art artist Nicolas Romero Escalada, and it has an interesting background story (according to the artist’s own (Instagram) description):
Videos of cats are of the most-watched on YouTube. Studies have shown that people feel better and more positive after watching movies of cats. However, people don’t always look for cats when they enter YouTube! So, watching videos of cats turns into a mixture of guilt and pleasure. A very similar mixture of feelings connected to consumption. The artist in this mural tried to connect cats and communism…? And well, this is the result.
Location: Serrano 982 (Villa Crespo)
How did you like these 8 street art places to visit in Buenos Aires? What was your favorite one? Or do you have another piece of street art that is your favorite one in Buenos Aires? Share your thoughts and knowledge below!
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Dejligt gensyn med noget af BA’s fantastiske street art! Du må bestemt hen og se Marx og kattene, når det igen bliver muligt – og husk også at gå lidt længere hen ad Serrano, hvor det grønne vægmalerie med en kvinde og en leopard er (er i mit blogindlæg) 🙂
Tak, søde mor 🙂 Ja, jeg må helt sikkert hen og kigge på Marx og kattene – når vi en gang må komme ud igen 😉
Great post!!! I’m going to visit Buenos Aires in March with my wife.
Right now I’ve showed her your tips and awesome pictures. Thank you very much!!!
Hi there! Thank you so much for taking your time to drop by my blog! I’m happy to hear that you and your wife enjoyed the tips and the photos. I hope you’ll have an amazing trip to Buenos Aires.