Discovering the Street Art of Sevilla

ISA Discovery Model: Intercultural

Andrew Rader a student at the University of Oklahoma and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. He studied abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.

When stores close in Spain, the garages come down and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find a hidden gem of seemingly unexpected Spanish culture. The myriad of colors is pleasing to the eye even when the shop isn’t open to offer its services. But that isn’t the only art you’ll see throughout the streets in the heart of Andalusia. Graffiti is so common across the city that it’s almost expected and appreciated rather than frowned upon in some instances. The artists are unknown, the images can be interpreted in many different ways, and the messages can sometimes be universal, regardless of language. It’s refreshing to pass by these storefronts like it’s an art show, free of charge.

The many colors of Sevilla can be seen even after visiting hours.

Street art is one of the little things that seems to be under appreciated in many cultures. Throughout many blogs about Spain you might be introduced to the famous bullfighting scene at the Plaza de Toros, the tapas scene down Constitution Street, or the rich history of Real Alcazar and many other intriguing landmarks, but the little things can be just as satisfying. Garage art isn’t where the buck stops, however. Bridge graffiti is embraced to a certain extent. Some artists may have a political agenda, some have a social agenda, or even just a desire to share their artistic ability; the meaning is open to interpretation by the viewers passing by. Whatever the reason, it’s art for the public eye and for the sake of creativity.

Sometimes the messages can be in your face and huge and at times they can be hidden underneath a bridge waiting for the curious adventurer.

Another type of art has its place in the nooks and crannies of Sevilla, Spain. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see a vendor selling his works for all to see. The time and effort put into these works of art can be astounding and it’s endearing to see someone so committed to what they enjoy doing. This raw canvas art is usually accompanied by a street musician here and there which ties the culture of Spain together in a nice way.

Sometimes even a mere 10 euro can go a long way!

I hope the art scene in Sevilla brings any curious traveler as much joy as it’s brought me. Appreciating the little things of Spain can be almost as important as experiencing what Spain is all about in the big picture. The bull fights, parades, and churros with chocolate make for a prettier picture with the complement of the art of the people. In its many forms, street art helps make Sevilla a truly outstanding place.

The world awaits…discover it.

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