Musings about early retirement with no fixed address

Colorful Santiago Chile

In Chile’s capital city, no good wall goes untouched. In almost every area of Santiago we found ample graffiti and street art. The award for the highest concentration of street art is held by the Bellavista neighborhood, but we found great pieces just about everywhere. We love cities with a good urban art scene, and Santiago definitely delivered.

I’ll have a lot to say about our time in Santiago, and soon. But as I was writing that post, I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to fit in all of the unique art we found during our stay. It wasn’t just paint on a wall either. We found a number of very detailed mosaics that were quite impressive and must’ve taken forever to create.

Of course there is lots of junk graffiti too, but I’ve waded through that to provide you with the gems. A few of these may have been posted by my social media manager (aka Katie) on our Instagram, but the majority should be new. So this post is just an excuse for me to share the best street art we found.  I’ve loosely grouped them into portraits, animals, mosaics, graffiti, and others. I hope it gives you a nice taste of this artistic capital city.

“The dead must not be in vain”
“The worst of Chile”
Until we got very close, this looked like stained glass, not the paint that it is.
We found an artist in action.


  1. Ryan Smith

    Stunning street art – looking forward to your follow up post.. Chile is definitely on our future travel list..!

    • Eric

      Hi Ryan,
      Santiago turned out to be chocked full of it. I recommend it.

  2. lyn klages

    i’m amazed that this quality of art is simply done on walls etc. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos.

    • Eric

      Hi Lyn,
      Some of it really is impressive. It could certainly be in a museum somewhere.

  3. Melissa Caracol

    So colorful and beautiful! Looking forward to your write up about the city!

    • Eric

      Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. A Purple Life

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

    • Eric

      Hi Purple,
      Good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Glenda lehman

    How incredible!! Wow, I would definitely be drawn to this city. The stories behind the art and artist always intrigue me. Thank you for sharing parts of the world I would never see otherwise. So captivating!

    • Eric

      Hi Glenda,
      The city is definitely colorful. I’m happy to share.

  6. Anne Good

    Eric, Thank-you so much sharing your adventures. This street art is amazing. The colors nad images created are so intricate. I am pleased that the governmnet of this city doesn’t destroy this vibrant talent.

    • Eric

      Hi Anne,
      There’s definitely a lot of talent scattered around. We had fun searching for it. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. KJ

    Really impressive. Thank you for sharing. I was trying to find a favorite but they all are. Looking forward to your post about Santiago.

    • Eric

      Hi KJ,
      I think you read my mind a little. I was going to ask any commenters to name their favorite, and then I couldn’t pick one myself, so I left that out. Haha.

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