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Street art in Vigo: the mural route

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Over sixty large fresco paintings decorate the dividing walls of buildings and other public spaces throughout Vigo. This city follows the steps of the big cities like Lisbon, Lyon or Barcelona, with a long street art tradition, and it boasts its own open-air museum.


It all started in O Príncipe Street, Vigo’s commercial golden mile. In 2014, the City Council carried out there the first initiative to decorate the dividing walls of buildings with large murals, improving the urban aesthetic and promoting large-format artistic expressions at the same time. The Basque artist Luis Olaso was responsible for reproducing Fiestra (window), an old painting of 14×18 metres by Urbano Lugrís, using the graffiti technique.

A few months later, the first call of the local programme of art on dividing walls and public spaces was launched. It now boasts over sixty murals and it is called Vigo Ciudad de Color (Vigo, the city of colour). Every summer since 2015, urban artists paint the walls of the city, mostly in large format. In this programme participate Galician, national and international artists.

The city centre, suburbs, rural areas… The murals are distributed throughout different parts of Vigo: from the area of Teis to Bouzas, and from O Areal to Lavadores. The list of selected artists is very wide and the techniques used for creating murals are diverse, just as their themes: from the sea to Jules Verne, including historic scenes, nature, women or poetry and music, among many others. The route has been warmly welcomed and it is already a tourist attraction.

This big open-air street art museum is impossible to visit in a single day. Thus, the ideal is to enjoy the murals in four itineraries.

Area 1: Vigo city centre

The city centre displays the largest number of fresco paintings, 27 in total. Streets, squares and parks are full of colours, and sometimes murals become so real that we can sit on them. This is the case of the mural by the artist Antón Pulido, in Peniche Square at the crossing of the streets Pi i Margall, Tomás Alonso and López Mora, in which letters serve as benches.

The sea is one of the main topics honoured in these colourful creations. Ramón Trigo, Frederico Draw, Fernández and González, Sagüillo, María José Pulido, No3l or El Pelucas are some of the artists who pay tribute to this way of life, so important for this city from As Rías Baixas, with marine landscapes, sea creatures and other elements such as ships or boats.

Elisa González, Xavier Magalhães, Nelson Villalobos or Nana, among others, become more human by painting women, children, a girl covering her face, or even mixing forms and human figures. Besides, other artists represent different literary characters like a warrior (by Pedro Sardiña); or historical ones like the troubadour Martín Códax, recreated by Ash.

Nature is another topic depicted in the artists’ creations, such as Doa Ocampo, María Romero or Cestola na Cachola, whose mural is a way of protest. In addition, there are more abstract forms with bright colours in this area, like the painting of Berta Cáccamo or the skulls and the amphibian of Louis Lambert and Darío Basso, respectively.

Arte urbano en VigoAntón Pulido
Arte urbano en VigoFrederico Draw

Area 2: Navia, Coia, Bouzas and Alcabre

The colours in the murals reach places such as Navia, Coia, Bouzas and Alcabre, an area with twenty paintings clearly influenced by the sea. Alejandro Fernández, Gonzalo Alonso and Antonio Barbará (Pow) pay a double homage to Jules Verne in a collective work. The artists Delio Rodríguez, Elara Elvira or Ana Santiso also use seafaring themes. The pieces from the team Expostas is made up of women who represent the seafaring industry.

Artists like Peri and Lula Goce play with black and white, and red is the main colour in Iria Blanco’s murals, with her original van and her peculiar homage to music, and the beating heart of Pilar Alonso. The fauna invades this area with some works like the ones of Piche and Graziela Gonçalvez with her Animalito Land.

Mona Caron, Liqen and Lidia Cao make a special and personal reference to nature, the same as the mural of Mingos Teixeira displaying a sunset landscape. The most avant-garde techniques, as the ones used in Popay’s works, coexist with more traditional ones like the illustrated forms of Nano4814 or the renowned cuncas (cups) of Mon Devane.

Arte urbano en VigoExpostas
Arte urbano en VigoLula Goce

Area 3: Castrelos, Freixeiro and Valadares

The five murals located in this area are some of them traditional—the wood figures by Liquen or the history of Vigo with an old image of the city by Antonio Barbará (Pow)—and others more innovative and abstract such as the composition by Hazul.

Nature also invades this area with Iria Fafián’s creation, full of colours and contrasts, and the pink flamingos by Antonyo Marest, on a colourful mural in Castrelos.

Arte urbano en VigoIria Fafián
Arte urbano en VigoLiqen

Area 4: Lavadores and Teis

Finally, there are eight murals in the area of Lavadores and Teis, which conclude the itinerary of this open-air street art museum hosted in the city of Vigo. The most colourful human figures are created by Nelson Villalobos. The murals by Alejandro Fernández and Mr. Kern show a woman and a boy combined with marine landscapes. The fauna, to a lesser extent, is represented with a cheetah by Susie Hammer.

Arte urbano en VigoBelin
Arte urbano en VigoSusie Hammer

The murals by Antony and Belin display more structured compositions. In the first case, it is formed by triangles, and the second one, as a tribute to Salvador Dalí, has a hyper-realistic and cubistic approach. This tour finishes with the works of Teresa Irisarri and the group Boa Mistura, which represent messages.

Here there is the mural list and their location, delimited by these four areas.

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