These paintings are found on one large corner all lined up from the first to the last with doors, windows, and garages in between. I was across the street photographing the last ones first and a gentleman came up to me.
He said, “The better pictures are on the other side around the corner.” I was intrigued and thanked him for pointing me in the direction I was already headed. Then he added, “That is my house.”
Really. Okay. I was curious why he looked so proud. I asked. “Did the artists have permission to paint your walls?”
He nodded and said, “Yes they did. They even made a painting just to say thanks to our family: ‘gracias familia sabja’. You’ll see it around the corner.” Fabulous! It’s the first picture in this installation of the smurf.
What a serendipitous encounter this lovely rainy morning.
The owner of the house also informed me that the group who came to paint was from mARTadero, an artists group in the city. I am beginning to recognize some of the names of the street artists: Bona (good), Puriskiri (‘traveler’ in Quechua), and Moxz. All pen names, so to speak, I imagine. It seems they add “Arte Latino” (Latin Art) and the year to their pieces as well.
My Cochabamba Street Art file is growing. I am always looking for more spots to photograph. So if you are in Cochabamba and know of some street art please let me know. Thanks!