Uruguay’s capital city of Montevideo is home to hundreds of murals, graffiti art and street paintings. The graffiti artist community in the city is, for the most part, very inclusive and painters often collaborate with each other on large murals. Our guide shows you where to find the best street art in Montevideo by neighbourhood, from the Cordón area to the Ciudad Vieja district.
Visitors often head to Avenida 18 de Julio in this area to see its famous Treinta y Tres Orientales monument, but just off this main street is some great graffiti. On the corner of Guayabos and Minas you can find work from one of Uruguay’s most prolific street artists, Alfalfa. His graffiti focuses on mythical creatures, and for this particular spot he has created a vibrant pink squid-like animal. Further along is a collaborative piece by three artists, Fitz, Zësar and Matías Fiori. Named El Infinito Dentro de Nosotros (The Infinite Within Us), it’s a strikingly large mural that comments on the nature of humanity.
North of the area’s famous Rodó park is Bulevar España, a top spot to find street art. Along this road you can find murals by many local artists, including Alfalfa, Theic, Fitz, Lälin and Mariño Larrique, among others. One of the district’s best pieces, however, is just off the main street, on the corner of Paullier and Hugo Prato. Created by María Noel Silvera, a video game illustrator, this mural on the façade of Living bar features a skeletal blue girl, an ironic play on the drinking den’s name.
The area surrounding Plaza Zabala has plenty of great street-art spots if you know where to look. Along 25 de Mayo you’ll find several Alfalfa pieces that resemble colourful sea creatures. On Sarandí you’ll discover the famous Yo Amo Mi Barrio (I Love My Neighbourhood) mural, which celebrates Montevideo and is a great place to take photos. Not far away on Mercado Chico is a magnificent collaborative piece by artists Theic, Henruz and Alfalfa. The piece combines Alfalfa’s sea creatures with Henruz’s kaleidoscopic use of colour and Theic’s unique portraits.
The coastal area of Buceo is home to several collaborative pieces by Maldito Bastardo and other artists. Sebastián Salazar is the man behind Maldito Bastardo and he previously studied at Uruguay’s National School of Fine Arts before becoming an illustrator and part-time graffiti artist. On Avenida General Rivera you’ll find his koi carp piece created in collaboration with Pereza and Karne, while just slightly north of this spot is a mural by him and graffiti artist Demo, which depicts a woman in traditional Uruguayan dress sleeping with a birdhouse on her head. When you head down to the beach you’ll discover a piece by Zësar, another well-known local artist, who has created a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece depicting an artist throwing paint.