Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

street art in Rio

The city of Rio de Janeiro is covered in street art, and you cannot travel far within the city without seeing some representation of it, whether it be on walls of a favela or on the walls near one of the famous tourist destinations; it is everywhere.

Unlike many cities around the world where street art is prevalent, it has actually been decriminalized in Rio and is now legal to create. Some of the coolest street art that has ever been created in Rio (in my opinion) includes the painting of the Santa Marta favela, the street car mural in Santa Teresa, and Casa França Brasil by JR.

Art initiatives like the one started by Joel Bergen in the Cidade de Deus (City of God) help to keep street art alive in the city, and the popularity of it has even created a market for street art tours.

As a huge lover of street art myself, I could not pass up the opportunity to capture the beauty of the street art culture in Rio de Janeiro, and to share that love and passion with all of you. Enjoy!

Street Artist: Wark

Street artist Wark is from the favela Rocinha. He is known for making some of the most easily recognizable pieces in Rio, and his work is among some of the best that I saw.

These two pieces were located in bus stops between Vidigal and Leblon beach.

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Street Art: KJ263 x MENT x JD x NOETWO

I love this compilation piece in the Vidigal favela.

It was created by KJ263 (Germany), MENT (Rio de Janeiro), and JD and NOETWO (France).

In Vidigal favela

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Street Artist: Anoni Mundo

A piece that reads ‘SAMBA’ by Anoni Mundo, a Brazilian street artist who uses the recurring theme of using clothespins in place of human heads  in his work.

This work is located near Pedro do Sal, the birthplace of samba in Rio de Janeiro.

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Street Artist: Ment

Street art in Vidigal by Ment, who is well known for creating faces of women similar to the one pictured below.

This photograph was captured inside of an alley in Vidigal favela.

Have you ever seen street art in Rio de Janeiro? 

This post was shared on Travel Photo Mondays on 6/23/2014. Check out the beautiful photos from other travel bloggers here

By |2017-07-30T01:10:10+00:00March 28th, 2014|Rio de Janeiro, Street Art|5 Comments


  1. Rebecca Apr 1, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    love it! Big fan of street art! I really like the peg playing music… creative!

    • Chanel Apr 1, 2014 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Hi Rebecca! Rio has so much amazing street art, I barely dented the surface with these pictures. I thought it was creative too 😀

  2. agnesstramp Apr 5, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Chanel, I am really impressed by graffiti art in Rio de Janeiro. I always though Berlin has the most beautiful street art, but this time Rio wins! I wonder who stands behind those pictures!

    • Chanel Apr 5, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Hi Agness,

      I was thoroughly impressed too! It was everywhere! I am really interested in seeing the street art in Berlin now that you have mentioned it. I would have loved to see the people who created these magnificent pieces 🙂

  3. ben Apr 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Sound really cool! 🙂 Very creative than other graffiti I’ve seen.

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