Every once in a while, I end up in a place that surprises me in unexpected ways. Huaraz, a small city near the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, is one of those places. I went to Huaraz looking to spend some time in nature. And well, I got so much more. One thing I liked about this mountain town was the curious street art I saw here and there.
One of my favorite pieces was the mural from the photo above, which features a couple of local peasants seen from the back. This work is by Peruvian artist El Decertor. The piece was part of a controversy when another artist painted a very similar mural for a project in Cuenca, Ecuador. To stop the accusations, the mural in Cuenca was changed.
Here you have some of my favorite street art in Huaraz.
I loved the ethnic details of this wonderful mural by Peruvian tattoo artist Zhimpa.
Elliot Tupac is a Peruvian artist who has experimented with lettering and typography in graffiti for many years. He specializes in a particular technique based on the Chicha style which was popular in musical posters in the 80s.
And last but not least, I just loved this piece that I found on a quiet street by Belgian artist Spear. He has a knack for creating stunning portraits and I’d love to see more of his work.