There’s no need to go to an expensive Museum of Art to find art. Some of the best pieces of art can be found for free on the streets and ramshackle neighborhoods of Granada. It is a mecca for photographers, Instagrammers, hipsters. When artists take over the faded walls to create their unique frescoes or to underline their political message, you get Graffiti of Granada.
Street Art Tour in Granada
You’re questioning where to see Graffiti in Granada? Most of the street art of Granada is located between the river Genil and the Alhambra Palace. We suggest you hire a car and head to the bridge Calle Puente Verde and then turn to the left. Once you see the abandoned house that is fully painted you know you’re heading in the right direction. In this neighborhood – the Realajo Quarter, you’ll find all the main »graffiti streets«:
- Cuesta Escoriaza,
- Calle Molinos,
- Calle Vistillas de Los Angeles,
Banksy of Spain - Raul Ruiz aka El Nino
Granada’s street artists aren’t typical spray and run “graffiteros”. There are numerous styles and types of graffiti, and Granada’s artists are thoughtful, eccentric, inspirational and precise, while their art is ingenious, provocative and imaginative. They keep Granada youthful, original and edgy. One of the most distinguished graffiti artists is Raul Ruiz or El Nino, also known as the “Banksy of Spain”. El Nino started in the 90’s when he was only 11 years old. Nowadays his street art is a part of Granada’s soul. The authorities make it tough on graffiti artists, fines are quite excessive, but El Nino’s master and inspiration are the streets and he remains loyal to them.
The history of Graffiti Art
Graffitis are usually considered as a modern or contemporary type of art. But in fact, its origins date back to ancient times. Different forms of graffiti were drawn in public places to send a message to society, love declarations or simple words of thought were made in ancient Greek and Rome. Some suggest that even cave drawings can be considered as a type of graffiti art.
But nowadays we are talking about a different kind of graffiti, and they began in the early 1970s when the hip-hop culture started to develop. In the 1980's the galleries began to showcase the graffiti as an art form. Since then the street art is rapidly expanding and spreading its horizon. One of the worldwide known street artists is Banksy - an anonymous graffiti artist and political activist, whose work began at the Bristol underground scene. In 2014 he was awarded Person of The Year at the Webby Awards.
While there will always be different interpretations, controversies, and disagreements among citizens and city officials, the fact is the counterculture of graffiti art is still art. Graffiti are unique expressions of a human’s soul, they provoke emotions, shock viewers, express the ethos of an era, and keep our cities alive&awake.