The graffiti movement might not consider the street art as a pure culture. They might say that it is gentrified because big brands are sponsoring artists to develop their artwork. Do you agree?
How would you consider the life of urban art in Madrid? Is it living one of its greatest moments?
The urban art in Madrid as seen by a local artist
The street art community present in dowtown districts usually gathers around two places.
First of them is called La Tabacalera. It is a self-sustained center which usually opens to the public during the afternoons and weekends. Many artists meet at El Keller, the workshop where you can learn about street art techniques and meet those guys & ladies who paint in the streets. Second place is El Campo de Cebada. Its walls feature artwork from national and international artists who illegally, or commissioned, paint on them.
The former spot for this urban art in Madrid is located at Embajadores square, where you will also be able to observe a festival called Muros Tabacalera. The latter is located in La Latina metro station, although its life spam is not that high as construction works will begin shortly in order to build the sports community center that people have been demanding for over a decade.
The urban art in Madrid’s hipster neighborhood, Malasaña.
The street art tour in Madrid that we run explores Lavapiés and Embajadores areas, but does it mean that there doesn’t exist further street art than in those areas? Of course not!
Second most important and chic area we would recommend you to visit is Malasaña, a neighborhood which turned from a drug dealing area into one of the most trendy places where to live and walk. It offers the opportunity to visitors to spend their time in super cool cafés, themed restaurants and gastrobars with delicious local food. The majority of the metal shutters from this private businesses are decorated every year during Pinta Malasaña festival.
Besides that you could also walk around Plaza Dos de Mayo, either during day-light or night-time to explore and “get lost”. Por Favor, Vivet, Concreto or Dloio are great examples of both female and male graffiti writers who participated in previous editions of this street art festival in Madrid.
Sponsored urban art in Madrid.
Socially and culturally related events add value to an experience that everyone will remember for the rest of their careers. When our guests relate the workshop to a person/s rather than a business it is stuck into their heads in such a positive ways that they will recommend it to others. There also exists the possibility to add a street art tour in Madrid for your private event.