Many great names of art have lived in Barcelona, such as Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, or Joan Miró. As a consequence, art is very present in Barcelona. Indeed, the city is well-known for its architectural masterpieces and its museums. But art isn’t only in museums, you can actually come across a work of art while wandering in the street.
Street art in Barcelona
If you are curious and want to see something else than classic (which doesn’t mean unworthy) museums, some street art walking and biking tours are organized to discover these less famous and sometimes underrated masterpieces.
For now, here are a few works of street art you can find in Barcelona.
CSO La Otra Carbonería
In the corner of Carrer del Comte d’Urgell and Carrer de Floridablanca, you can admire CSO La Otra Carbonería on the facade of an abandoned building which is now a squat for this organization, la Carbonería. CSO meaning “Centro Social Okupado”, occupied social center.
Creeping Cat – JSM
Jamie Paul Scanlon, alias JPS created this cat which can be found in other places using a stencil. The use of elements already present in the street as part of the work is frequent in street art, and usual for this artist.
Puerta Ramón Casas
Lord Gregory Byron
Lord Gregory Byron likes to use politician’s figures, like Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain, who recently appeared before court for a paternity suit. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Angela Merkel among others are also to be found in Barcelona’s street, each one with a speech bubble.
Cayn Sanchez is a graphic artist, painter, muralist, cartoonist, and street artist from Barcelona. Many of his works can be found in the city.
If it is not clear for everyone that street art is a form of art, here is the definition of art in Oxford dictionary, you will see that street art fits perfectly: “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”.
If you want to discover works of street art in Barcelona, you can go on an organized walking tour, usually they are free, you can decide what tip you give to your guide.