Not to be confused with rushed graffiti, Urban Street Art in Madrid is a form of visual expression used by artists to portray contemporary urban culture and certain topical issues.
The best-known proponent of this genre has to be anonymous England-based street artist Banksy, whose satirical murals are easily recognizable thanks to his distinctive stencilling technique. And while you may not come across an original Bansky in Madrid, you will find artists who have used Banksy’s artwork for inspiration, which are an absolute must-see.
Although Urban Street Art grew out of poorer neighbourhoods where many immigrant families lived, it has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon where artists travel from city to city to meet and work with like-minded individuals.
To learn more about what is behind the Urban Art scene in Madrid, sign up for a walking tour with Cooltourspain.
Rather than the museums the hop-on-hop-off buses and expensive shopping on the Gran Vía, wouldn’t it be nice to explore a side of Madrid tourists never get to see? Accompanied by a local Urban Art hunter, you will be escorted through some of the Spanish capitals Urban Art hotspots like La Neomudéjar behind Atocha train station. Next up is a visit to a former now derelict tobacco factory that today is home to some cutting edge murals from internationally renowned names like Okudart, ROA, Alice Pasquini or Add Fuel.
Your guide will explain what the artist was trying to portray in their work and how the social and political messages are relevant in today’s society.
As well as the message behind the mural you will also have the chance to learn how the artists work and will be given a demonstration of the various techniques used to create these amazing works of urban art.
All tours start at a set time from a designated meeting point and take around two hours to complete. For pricing and more information about the street art tour Madrid see Cooltourspain’s website.