The Top 15 Murals of Political Street Art in Rome

Political Street Art in RomeBorn out of a fierce need for expression of strong social disadvantage, every year street art is becoming more and more vanilla.

The spreading of urban art festivals has a lot to do with it: curators usually want something aesthetically nice, which will please everybody.

It’s gone from a tool to convey radical political messages. Now street art has become a ‘tool’ to decorate walls – probably the cheapest way for public administrations to show that some action has been taken to redevelop the outskirts, even if they’re only putting up a façade (no pun intended).

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A round up of Rome’s street art – VOL. 2

Rome's street art As the numbers of legal walls and self-proclaimed art curators slowly increase in the capital, Rome’s street art scene is beginning to attract internationally renowned street artists, curious street art lovers eager to discover a less classical side to Rome, and growing attention from the institutions.

Some of our local artists are now invited to paint abroad, so we can say that Rome’s proverbial parochialism is fading away year after year, although the majority of the works realized on the streets of Rome are still amateurish, especially when compared to those abroad.

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Daniel Eime’s first mural in Rome

daniel eime street art romeEverything comes to an end.

It seems like only yesterday that I saw Addfuel painting his first mural in Rome, and consequently met the Forgotten team, and now, a few crazy adventures later, it’s already time to say goodbye. The last Portuguese street artist that we have invited to paint his first mural in Rome was Daniel Eime, and he arrived just one week before the group exhibition at MACRO Testaccio, so our schedule was a bit hectic –but you should know by now that that’s how we like it.

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Bordalo II’s first mural in Rome (or, better, behind the scenes of Bordalo II’s big trash animals)

Bordalo II in Rome

When I saw Bordalo II’s stunning racoon in Belem, my first thought was ‘where did he find all those pieces of trash?’

Little did I know that soon I was going to regret that wonder, while I was getting to know how difficult it can be to get some pieces of garbage to hang on a wall.

Because yes, this time, I was Bordalo II’s trash-buddy. And it was crazy. ☺

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Frederico Draw’s first mural in Rome: a tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini

street art Pasolini Roma teatro india Frederico Draw‘I was pretty tense about this mural’ he said ‘You know, portraying someone like Pasolini… and, moreover, in a location like this one’ he added, pointing to the ruins of the Mira Lanza factory in the beautiful, post-industrial yard of Teatro India.

‘Well, you nailed it!’ I replied in my over-enthusiastic voice.

‘I guess so… I mean, now I’m satisfied with the result, but you should’ve seen me when I was approaching the job: I was so nervous!’

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AddFuel’s first mural in Rome

addfuel street art via flaminia roma

Last week someone who had read my enthusiastic post about street art in Lisbon dropped me a line to let me know that one of those street artists featured in my article was painting his first mural in Rome at that very moment.

And that’s how I met Diogo Machado (aka AddFuel) and the two street art lovers behind the Forgotten Project: Hugo Dias and Alessandra Arpino.

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Street art tributes to Pier Paolo Pasolini in Rome

pasolini pieta ernest pignon ernestPier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual, a visionary thinker who became a controversial figure of the last century; he was murdered in 1975.

Lately my social feeds have been virally invaded by the picture of the new poster-art piece by the French artist Ernest Pignon Ernest, which has been pasted onto walls almost simultaneously in several different areas of Rome, from Testaccio to Trastevere and up to the Tiberina Island.

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A round up of Rome’s street art – VOL. 1

Hitnes san basilio roma street art

While I travel and write about amazing street art from all around Europe, there is a lot going on in my hometown too. Honestly, I’ve never thought I couldn’t keep up with Rome’s street art scene, but that’s what happened during this spring, so I’m writing a blogpost collecting what’s new on the streets of Rome, including some older works that I still hadn’t review on this blog. At the end of the article, you will find a list of useful links to previous blogposts about Rome’s street art scene.

Enjoy the reading and the graffiti hunt!

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Top 7 street art galleries in Rome

Aakash Nihalani Wunderkammern art gallery torpignattara street art Rome
Street art, by definition, is “in the streets”; urban spaces are its framework and murals are for everybody passing by, a gift to the community. But what happens when the street art leaves the street to enter an art gallery? Is it still street art or does it turn into something else? And if it changes, what does it become?
Every Roman art gallery specializing in street art has faced this dilemma, coming up with its own solution of this tricky matter: from making the gallery’s white walls available to the artists for site-specific works to challenging them to paint on canvas, or even by sponsoring huge murals in the gallery’s neighborhood, Rome’s street art galleries have committed themselves to spreading the message that Art is Art, whatever the framework.

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The MURo walking tour: and so I’m back graffiti hunting at Quadraro

Lucamaleonte M.U.Ro. Quadraro street art Roma
You already know how much I like M.U.Ro., the Urban Art Museum of Rome.
At the very top of my Top 10 off-the-beaten path spots in Rome, M.U.Ro. gives to all street art lovers the hope that even the ancient and classical Rome could become a street art’s Mecca.
Since my last visit in February 2014 many new murals have been painted and I was looking forward to coming back to check them out!

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