Walking around the streets and alleyways of Mexico City, it’s impossible to be bored. Every time you turn a corner, a bright burst of colors painted in the figure of a skeleton, a man and his lover, an image of Jesus Christ, or an abstract pattern of fluidly turning and twisting tentacle shapes. These colorful, eclectic murals frequently have peculiar names painted under them, the signature of an artist proudly proclaiming their work.
In a lot of places in the world, you don’t need to go to a museum to see what the city’s art has to offer. All you have to do is stroll around on foot or on bike and look at both sides of the street to see some of the most stunning pieces around. Street art is known in many places as representative of a city’s soul, as integral to the city’s personality as the buildings they are painted on. Everywhere in the world, from San Francisco to Sao Paolo to Hong Kong, street artists are making paintings that are larger than life itself.
It’s easy to see why, as street art is often the artistic voice of the common man. In many places, street art is highly representative of the current social, cultural, and political climate. A notable example of street art as a political statement comes from Banksy, a wildly popular British muralist that expresses his strong political opinions through his art.