Guide to SÃO PAULO – Brazil’s Art Hub

I will not beat around the bush – São Paulo, Brazil’s Art Hub, was my favorite Brazilian city.

Mural of a boy at SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Art Hub
There’s a lot of truly amazing street art in São Paulo.

Although Bonito enchanted me with its natural beauty, Foz do Iguaꞔu impressed me with the power of nature – São Paulo is the place where I see myself live and work and be part of the cool, artsy crowd.

Christ the Redeemer? In Rio de Janeiro, obviously. The jungle? At Manaus. The waterfalls? In Iguacu. So when in Brazil, why go to São Paulo?

Why? Because it’s the coolest and most artsy city in Brazil and you will get inspired and have a great time; that’s why!

São Paulo

São Paulo has over 12 million inhabitants and is not only the most populous city in Brazil, but according to its population also the 13th largest city in the world. As a matter of fact, by gross domestic product, it has the largest economy in South America. Also, it is ironically being called Germany’s largest industrial city since approximately 1,000 German companies are operating and producing in São Paulo. Volkswagen is probably the largest and most famous among them.

Besides its pretty powerful economy, São Paulo can pride itself to have a vast art scene, many excellent museums and exhibition – and very relaxed and friendly people.

Eduardo Kobra

Talking ’bout cool, artsy crowd: I decided to let one of the most glorious sons of São Paulo guide you through the city. So let’s hear it for Mr. Eduardo Kobra!

Kobra was born in 1975 in São Paulo and is one of the world’s most recognized muralists. His huge, very expressive works are found in the US – and of course in Brazil. I’ve introduced the pentaptych Ethnicity that he has painted on the occasion of the Olympics in Rio in 2016 in another post.

Mural Ethnicity by Eduardo Kobra, painted alongside the Bulevar Olympico in Rio de Janeiro
Mural Ethnicities: With a size of 3,000 square feet, Kobra’s most famous mural in Rio de Janeiro used to be – according to the Guinness Book of World Records – the world’s largest spray paint mural until 2017.
It depicts five indigenous people from different parts of the world.

His kaleidoscope-ish portraits are – well, rather hidden than found – all over São Paulo. Not only do I lead you to the walls, at the same time, I also point out attractions and points of interest in their surroundings.

Wanna follow my route? I’ve marked all of Kobra’s murals on the map at the end of this post. For your convenience, I’ve also marked all the other spots mentioned in this post.

Kobra's colorful interpretation of  Congonhas airport at SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Art Hub
Kobra’s colorful interpretation of  Congonhas airport.

As a matter of fact, you can admire the first of Kobra’s works right at the Deputado Freitas Nobre Airport in São Paulo’s Vila Congonhas neighborhood.

Avenida Paulista

Although there is a historic center, hence, a downtown area, São Paulo’s real lifeline is the Avenida Paulista. This arterial street stretches from Praꞔa Marechal Cordeiro de Farias all the way to the subway station Paraíso.

So let’s get started at the Paulista’s western end close to the subway station Consolaꞔão where Kobra painted the great Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, who died in 1994 at the age of 34 at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Ayrton Senna, painted by Kobra on a house in Brazil's Art Hub Sao Paulo
Honoring the late Ayrton Senna who tragically died at the age of 34. Now his portrait lives on at Rua Dr. Antonino dos Santos Rocha, close to the Consolacão subway station.

Walking down the Paulista, you’ll pass many tall bank buildings, big stores, and malls: The Paulista is basically São Paulo’s 5th Avenue.

Especially in the evening you should turn left into the Rua Augusta, the city’s vibrant party and entertainment street full of restaurants, bars, theaters, clubs and fun and follies.

Four blocs further is one of the best art museums São Paulo has to offer, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Besides their own collection of modern art, they organize inspiring exhibitions. For art-lovers, a visiting this venue is a must.

MASP
Museu de arte de São Paulo
Avenida Paulista 1578
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 3149 5959

The general entrance fee is 45 R$, however, Tuesday and Wednesday are free of charge. Still, I recommend checking their website as you plan your visit.

Dr. Bueno

There is a nice surprise is waiting for you just another three blocks down. To your left on Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, one of the youngest Kobras will impress you. I even saw it in the making beginning of 2018!

It pays tribute to Dr. Edson de Godoy Bueno, a good doctor who sadly died in 2017.

 tribute to Dr. Edson de Godoy Bueno in SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Art Hub
A assume this mural was commissioned by the hospital. I particularly like that the doctor’s name is actually Bueno – which translates to good.

By the way, if you get tired of walking, you can hop on one of the buses going down the Paulista or even take the subway.

The disadvantage of Brazilian public transportation is that you pay one price per ticket no matter how far you go. This makes short trips relatively expensive.

Behind the subway station Brigadeiro is the Capela Santa Catarina to your left.

Japan House in SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Art Hub
Dining like in Tokyo: The Japan House at the end of the Paulista.
(Photo: Rodrigo Tetsuo ArgentonJapan House (4), cropped 2:3, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Right behind this Chapel is the wonderful Japan House, a venue showing Japanese art and serving excellent Japanese food.

You don’t have to feel weird for eating Japanese food in Brazil: São Paulo is actually famous for Japanese and fusion cuisine!

Japan House
Avenida Paulista 1578
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 30 90 89 00

The Japan House is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m., Sunday to 6 p. m., entrance to the exhibitions is free.

Oscar Niemeyer

Now, don’t you miss one of the most important Kobras right behind this building depicting another Brazilian art hero, namely star-architect Oscar Niemeyer!

If you happen to visit Curitiba, make sure to go to the museum designed by Oscar Niemeyer which is, obviously, dedicated to his work.

Oscar Niemeyer painted by Eduardo Kobra
Oscar Niemeyer – Brazil’s greatest architect eternalized by Brazil’s greatest muralist.

You might get an even better look from the last attraction, located on the other side of the road, the romantic Casa das Rosas.

Casa das Rosas in SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Art Hub
The Casa das Roses – obviously named after the beautiful rose garden.

The Casa das Rosas – the house of roses – is a culture center organizing exhibitions, concerts and much more. It’s always worth it to drop in and check out what’s on.

Casa das Rosas
Avenida Paulista 37
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 32 85 69 86
Email: contato@casadasrosas.org.br

The exhibitions are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m., Sunday to 6 p. m. Regarding other activities, please check their website.

Parque Ibirapuera

Once you are close to the Brigadeiro station, let’s visit some more Kobras – and some other fantastic venues. But I have to warn you: We are going to the Parque Ibirapuera, where especially on weekends many São Paulians are strolling with their families, walking their dogs, or jogging by themselves.

Take any bus going down the Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio and tell the driver you want to get off close to Praça Armando de Sales Oliveira.

Here you can admire the Monumento às Bandeiras, created in 1954 by Victor Brecheret, an Italian-Brazilian sculptor, commemorating the settling expeditions into inner Brazil in the 17th century.

Monumento às Bandeiras in SÃO PAULO - Brazil's Art Hub
A monument honoring great man…
(Photo: PedroBDoprattsenMonumento as Bandeiras, cropped 2:3, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Now cross the Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral and you’ll find yourself at one of the nicest places in  São Paulo, the Parque Ibirapuera.

Mural of the Monumento às Bandeiras by Eduardo Kobra
…and a great man honoring the monument.
Unfortunately, this mural by Eduardo Kobra, located on the wall below the Igreja do Calvário is strongly damaged.

After the Parque Anhanguera, Ibirapuera is only the city’s second-largest park. It spreads over 2 square kilometers and besides its lush meadows, trees, and flowers as well as creeks and lakes, there is much to see even for those who are oblivious to the beauty of nature. There are three fantastic museums as well as the planetarium located on or adjacent to the premises.

Museums

To be honest, I’m not so crazy about planetariums. Nevertheless, I like the design by Eduardo Corona, Roberto G. Tibau, and Antônio Carlos Pitombo.

Planetário Ibirapuera
Planetário Ibirapuera
(Photo: Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)., Professor Aristóteles Orsini Planetarium 2017 009, cropped 2:3, CC BY-SA 4.0)

It reminds me of an air saucer – very suitable.

Planetário Ibirapuera Prof. Aristóteles Orsini
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 55 75 52 06

To tell you the truth, I find the info on their hours a bit confusing, so if you want to visit, you better contact them beforehand; and tell them to improve the info on their site, please.

Just a stone throw away is the very nice Museu Afro Brazil.

While the exhibition on Portuguese colonial art on the ground floor is a bit pointless, the upper floor is an artistic treasury showing Afro-Brazilian art from different Brazilian regions as well as the African and Caribbean influence – like masks from Benin and artefacts from Haiti.

Whether folkloric naive sculptures….
….or political drawings like this one by Sidney Amaral “Estudo para gargalheira ou quem falará por nós?” (Study of a gargalheira* or who will be speaking for us?) – the museum shows a vast collection of all different kind of Afro Brazilian art.
*a gargalheira is the iron choker that was used on slaves 

I can only recommend visiting this venue.

Museu Afro Brasil
Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 33 20 89 00

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m., general entrance fee is R$ 15

The Marquise

Do you think we forgot about Kobra?
No way, he will be our next stop.
But first let’s walk along the facade of the Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras and take a look at murals by other also very talented artists.

One of many great murals decorating the Pavilion

Once you spot the Marquise Do Ibirapuera, you will immediately recognize Kobra’s style.

Here, he’s decorating a public bathroom. I guess once you are a star like him, you get away with painting also restrooms.

Northern wall of the Marquise. This is also the entrance to the gents’ bathroom.
Western wall of the Marquise.
Southern wall of the Marquise – including the entrance to the ladies’ bathroom.
The Eastern wall of the Marquise is obviously paying tribute to the extremely LGBT-friendly attitude in Brazil.

Next door you can visit the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo – and maybe have a snack at their very nice cafeteria.

Museu de Arte Moderna – decorated by a mural created by two other Brazilian graffiti super stars, namely OSGEMEOS.

MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 50 85 13 00
Email: atendimento@mam.org.br

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p. m. to 6 p. m.

The general entrance fee is R$ 20,00 and Sundays are free.

Another UFO

Isn’t that an air saucer that has landed next to the MAM? Nevertheless, this quirky structure has a famous creator. It was Mr. Oscar Niemeyer himself who design the Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavillion, better known as Oca.

The art has landed: Iconic Oca by Oscar Niemeyer
(Photo: Jose Cordeiro/SPTuris)

Since 2017, however, this landmark is part of the city museum.
If you are interested in visiting, you need to inquire beforehand when visitors are admitted.

Museu da cidade de São Paulo 
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral 50
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 -11 – 50 83  0199
Email: oca@prefeitura.sp.gov.br

Contemporary

Before you continue to the best and biggest of the art museums, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, you shouldn’t miss taking a look at the sculptures in this part of the park – some of them are really outstanding.

Young people hanging out on Angelo Venosa’s sculpture of bones made of aluminium.

Talking ’bout outstanding: if you want to visit only one single exhibition while in São Paulo, it should definitely be the Museu de Arte Contemporânea.

Wild creatures welcome the visitors at the entrance hall:
Nina Pandolfo “Um Amor Sem Igual” (left) and one of Marino Marini’s horses.

It’s the place where the São Paulo Bienal is taking place – and obviously after every bienal is over, they leave some great art behind. Actually you could spend an entire day here and awing at great pieces from all over the world.

Rafael Canogar “Os Revolucionários”
Cybèle Varela “De tudo aquilo que pode ser I, II e III”

Not to be missed!

Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo 
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral 1301
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 26 48 02 54

Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. – respectively on Tuesday to 9 p. m., and the entrance is free.

Luz

Another beautiful park full of lush plants and great art is the Jardim da Luz behind the art museum Pinacoteca.

Facade of the museum with matching sculptures.

The Jardim has an area of 82,000 square meters, with two reflection pools and two ponds. It was declared a historic landmark by Condephaat in 1981.

There is enough art to be admired even on Tuesdays when the Pinacoteca is closed.
Vlavianos “Homem Pássaro”

As part of the downtown revitalization project, it resumed dialogue with Pinacoteca and was renovated in 1999. In 2000, the State Government earmarked funds for the purchase of Brazilian sculptures for its lawns.

Lasar Segall’s Três Jovens against the backdrop of the Pinacoteca

Even today, the exhibit is free of charge, for those who want to stroll through its green areas and also visit an open-air exhibition.

The Pinacoteca houses a vast collection of modern Brazilian art and is another Mecca for art aficionados.

Since it was founded in 1905, it is the city’s oldest art museum.

Pinacoteca
Praça da Luz
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 33 24 10 00
Email: pinacotecasp@pinacoteca.org.br

The Pinacoteca is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Entrance fee are R$ 6, Saturday is free

And Kobra?

His mural is to be found at the corner Avenida Tiradentes and Rua Dr. Rodrigo de Barros.

A perfect painting in a perfect location.

On the way there you might want to see some sacred art – you can do so at the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo. Don’t expect just the classic icons – they also show some beautiful rather folkloric pieces.

Centro

To explore São Paulo’s historic center, I recommend you join a ‘free’ walking tour. But remember: The guides work for tips, so please don’t make it a free ‘free’ tour.

The happy wanderers – and now it’s your turn: Find W….no, Renata.
(Photo: Sao Paulo Free Walking Tour)

For the ‘Old Downtown’-tour, they meet at the tourist information booth at Praꞔa República. However, they also offer a tour along the Avenida Paulista and to the bohemian quarter Vila Madalena.

Anyway, the downtown-tour takes you to the Biblioteca Mário de Andrade and then to the grand Teatro Municipal. You get to see the Monument to Carlos Gomes at the Praça Ramos de Azevedo which is a copy of the Fontana di Trevi in Rome. They introduce you to the Prefeitura – which is the town hall with an amazing botanic garden and a pond on the roof. Sadly, you cannot visit the building on their tour, but on another occasion, obviously.

The beautiful fountain behind the Teatro Municipal.

If you don’t mind walking, you can stroll from the historic downtown area up towards the Paulista along Rua da Consolação.

Walk the Line

While you admire the Nossa Senhora da Consolação church at the first big junction, don’t miss the great murals all around you. Although they are not by Kobra.

Although the paintings are large, they are not always easy to spot. I kept my eyes open for you.

Nevertheless, one of his best murals is to be seen at the corner of Rua Maria Antônia.

A very political mural by Eduardo Kobra – raising awareness for indigenous people being threatened by a factory being built in the city of Altamira in Belo Monte.

Once you are here, you might want to get a drink – and a break – at the bar next to the mural, that is called ‘Esquina do Índio’, the Indian’s corner.

Esquina do Índio
Rua da Consolação/Rua Maria Antônia 49
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 – 11 – 31 20 24 18

Open from Monday to Saturday from 7 a. m. to 2 a. m.

To get back to the Paulista, either keep walking or get on a bus and get off at the Cemitério da Consolação. This is a small, Brazilian version of the legendary Parisian Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.

Although this cemetery is much smaller and the people buried here are not as world-famous as those in Paris, it’s a beautiful and interesting place just the same.

Practical Information

How to Get There…

Like most bigger cities in Brazil, São Paulo has two airports. Guarulhos International is located 30 kilometers east of the city center, and Congonhas is in the city and can be reached in about 30 minutes by public bus.

It’s possible to obtain tickets at a really good price. However, you should book well ahead. Hence, look as soon as possible for instance for Azul- and GOL-flights.

Obviously, it’s possible to get to São Paulo by bus. For instance, a trip from Rio de Janeiro takes about 6 hours and tickets start at about 30 US$. Nevertheless, going to Foz do Iguaçu sets you back about 70 US$, but takes about 16 hours. Check out this website or this one for further connections. However, for longer routes, flights might cost as much as bus rides but are so much faster, especially if you book a very early or a very late flight.

For more tips and hacks on how to save money and still travel comfortably, check out my posts on planning and organizing your trip respectively when to book ahead.

As you are coming to São Paulo by bus, you’ll arrive at the Rodoviária do Tietê. From there you get to the center by either bus or subway in about 20 minutes.

…and Around

There is an excellent system of public transportation consisting of a subway – here’s a map – a light rail system, and different bus types.

As in most other Brazilian cities, the public transport system in São Paulo is good, reliable, and covering the entire region.

If you are more or less fit and wear comfy shoes, practically the entire area I’m introducing in this post can be discovered walking.

Information

For an excellent tourist service and loads of really great brochures and maps go to one of the Centrais de Informação Turística (CIT). These tourist centers located at the airport, at the central bus station, at the Paulista, and the Praça da República. There you can also meet the guys from the Free Walking Tour that I’ve introduced above.

The CIT even has a mobile tourist office a the Parque Ibirapuera where I collected a vast variety of information material right from a truck.

Where to Stay

If you find a reasonably priced hotel around the subway station Consolaꞔão/Paulista, go for it. It’s centrally and conveniently located.

I stayed at the really nice Augusta Park Suite Hotel at the Rua Augusta which is the off-scene theater and clubbing district. Nevertheless, the hotel was very quiet, pretty comfortable, yet reasonably priced. I can only recommend it. That you stay at a small apartment where you have also your own small kitchen is a huge plus.

If you want to check out different lodging options in São Paulo, here is a map:

Booking.com

What to Eat

The Rua Augusta is packed with all sort of restaurants and cafés and bars – just walk around and take your pick, they are all very nice.

Without a doubt, there are also many options to grab a bite in the Centro district. If you are opting for a healthier meal, give “Apfel” a try. The fact that it means apple in German gives you a hint that they serve vegetarian food.

Apfel Centro
Rua Dom José de Barros 99
São Paulo
Phone: + 55 –  11 – 32 56 79 09

Open Monday to Saturday 11 a. m. to 3 p. m.

Cash And Cards

The currency in Brazil is the Real (plural Reais) and the rate is 1 US$ = 5,09 R$ (December 2020). For further conversion check this page.

Apart from cash, you can pay by credit card at all the attractions I’m mentioning in this post.

Of course, there is cash and there are cards. Because of the relatively high crime rate such as pickpocketting, Brazilians tend to pay even tiny amounts with debit cards. Even street vendors and hawkers are accepting them when someone just buys a newspaper and a chewing gum.

Although there are notably many ATMs all over the place, not all of them work with international credit cards. But don’t panic, there are so many different banks – sooner or later, you’ll figure out which one works with your card.

In São Paulo as in other big cities like Rio de Janeiro or Belo Horizonte, be cautious where you use the ATM – you shouldn’t do your banking in whatever neighborhood and especially not after dark.

Language

Since Brazil used to be a Portuguese colony, people speak Portuguese. As São Paulo caters to international tourists, most people working in tourism speak English and Spanish.

Nevertheless, it’s a nice gesture to learn at least some basic words and expressions. You can do so right online with babbel.com.

Connection and Communication

Brazil is one of the very few countries where I got a national SIM-card. To be honest for the sole reason that I had accidentally blocked mine and wasn’t able to use my phone at all. I got a pre-paid card from Claro and was very happy with their service.

This being said, I actually prefer to use free WiFi. Actually, there was connection to the internet without any issue at basically every museum, eatery or café and, of course, hotel. Worked like a charm.

At the end of my trip to Brazil, I had three or four different adapters. Although there is an official type N socket and plug, you’ll find also type C plugs. Also, there were type A sockets like in the US – howsoever, it was a wild mix, but in the end, everything turned out fine.

Also, the voltage is either 127 or 220 V and the frequency 60 Hz. Thank God, nowadays, all these chargers for phones and readers and computers have integrated adapters. Therefore, voltage and frequency don’t really matter.

By the way, you’ll find this kind of practical travel info in my post World’s Most Complete Travel Information – an indispensable globetrotter-classic.

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São Paulo was only one stop of my exciting visit to Brazil’s South. Go to the main post to check out all the other destinations.

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48 Replies to “Guide to SÃO PAULO – Brazil’s Art Hub”

  1. This is actually a beautiful place with an array of art. Each street art has a certain character that makes it so lovely. Well captured and am. Glad you told us exactly where to find it

  2. What a wonderful introduction to art in Sao Paulo! I especially like the color and details in the Kobra paintings. They aren’t really street art as much as they are galleries of murals. What an accomplished artist!

  3. I was interested to read that Sao Paulo was your favourite city in Brazil. Many of the flights I have looked at go through there. Now I think it might be a good idea to do a stopover. Certainly I would love to see the colourful street art. You provided such a stunning gallery. But the statues in the Parque Ibirapuera also look like great art. So many museums to see. And great collections of modern art. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love street art and naturally a big fan of Eduardo Kobra. His kaleidoscope murals are indeed legendary, but I’m yet to see one in real life. What I like about his art is the fact that he celebrates Brazilian icons such as Ayrton Senna and Oscar Niemeyer and he incorporates social justice issues in his art, in particular for the rights of LGBTI and indigenous community. So, a map to find Kobra’s mural is definitely helpful. Museu de Arte Moderna also piques my interest. The artwork by OSGEMEOS looks fascinating.

  5. Wow, those murals are… AMAZING!! �� I really love street art! And a 'free' walking tour sounds fab – great way to explore.

  6. It looks like a stunning city to visit. Sadly we couldn’t afford to go here on our South American adventures. Always one to add to the bucketlist.

  7. I stayed in Sao Paulo for 3 months and I never expected it. I crashed my friend's couch with plans to go to Rio after a week but it didn't happen. I loved it so much it was so hard for me to leave! My friend didn't kick me out anyway so I thought she wanted me to stay. Sao Paulo is often ignored but it is such a cool city! I have to admit I didn't feel safe at times but staying longer taught me how to give Sao Paulo a chance!

  8. We are heading to South America next year. So I am starting to collect a list of things to see and do. I love the view of street art you have provided for Sao Paulo. Some of the murals are huge. I love the very colourful pieces. Finding statues in the Jardim de Luz would be a great way to relax and enjoy the art. Thanks for this tease.

  9. As you can probably tell by my photography aesthetic I am a huge fan of street art and I love Kobra, who funnily enough is one of my favourite street artists. He has done some pieces in London before and I truly love his vibrancy and ability to acknowledge all cultures.

  10. Kobra is actually one of my favourite street artists, so I'd love to explore Sao Paulo to see more of his work. Sao Paulo seems like such a fun, dynamic city! After reading this article it's moving up a few places on my bucket list x

  11. This is so cool! I love how vibrant street art and murals makes a city. San Paulo looks really awesome and like there's heaps to do as well. Hope to make it to Brazil one day. Such a fun looking place!

  12. Wow, Sao Paulo looks like such an interesting and intense city to visit, definitely some we will be heading when we do get to this region.

  13. I've never been to Brazil, let alone Sao Paulo, and your post really made me want to go there! Such an artsy place, I so love the murals. 🙂

  14. I used to know someone from Sao Paulo, but she never talked about the city. Wow! Love the murals! The girl is one of my favorites and I of course love the use of the kaleidoscope, make for a very interesting image.

  15. I have been several times in Brazil, but never in Sao Paulo. I confess I had an idea that it was not a very interesting city, but I have seen more and more reasons to go …

  16. Wow I always love street art and building art. I just did art tour in Dubai and now saw this. I would love to visit Sao Paaulo to watch this colorful murals at many public places. They look colorful and vibrant.

  17. Thanks for the picture tour, some of the art looks similar to the wall art in Wynwood Miami

  18. Oh. I would love to visit Sao Paolo and the Kobra's colorful interpretation of Congonhas airport.

  19. I miss Brazil!!! And I love a good street art, this was so interesting and informative, I had no idea there was that much to see in Sao Paolo!

  20. San Paolo is a city that I always wanted to visit. The colours, the people, the street art, everything is so interesting in there. Good vibes 🙂

  21. What an interesting array of art. The wall art pictures are especially inspiring. The abundance of colors makes the city so lively, just like its integral character.

  22. I didn’t realise how ‘artsy’ São Paulo was! It’s such a vibrant colourful place! They say you learn something new everyday and I just have! Thanks

  23. Brazil is totally on my list of places to visit. Sao Paolo particularly it looks awesome. A city with a lot of history I see. I think i would need a month here at least?! 🙂

  24. Totally loving the art scene in Sao Paulo here. Have to admit I dont know too much on the city but you sure have given me some ideas when I hit up Brazil one day (and its my dream!)

  25. Brazil has lots of culture. I love all the art work. Sao Paelo is not a very well known place. I enjoyed reading about it.

  26. I love all the art and your pics so colourful and so intriguing, I really need to travel this world so much beauty to see.

  27. Fantastic. I think it is one of the best street art cities I have seen. Not sure why, but it attracts me so much. Give the city some soft of feeling of freedom, unlike germ-free Scandinavia.

  28. These murals are amazing and you have some really good information in your article. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure this post will help a lot of people plan their perfect Sao Paolo trip.

  29. Lovely pictures and colors. thank you for sharing the information and the experience. I would love to visit Sao Paulo one day 🙂

  30. Great pictures! I have never really looked into Sao Paulo for a place to check out street art. Thanks for the information.

  31. Wow I had no idea Sao Paolo had so many amazing murals! And to have all been done by the same person-impressive! I do love that you have listed all the locations on a map, makes it so easy to trace your steps! Ill save this for my trip!

    1. Thanx Kreete. Well, knowing the spot is one thing – finding the right wall might be another….but looking for it is part of the fun – like an Easter egg hunt 😉

  32. Very interesting! So Kobra is the Banksy of Brazil I take it? I think I'll recognize his style unless he changes it.

    Now, my fave is the Museo of Afro Art. I try to visit such spots in the Americas and Caribbean because…history. That Benin art is most likely from the Benin Kingdom of Nigeria. I wonder if it's real or duplicate.

    Sao Paulo and Bahia are on my Brazil list.

    1. Well, Kobra is as famous as Banksy, but he's not this big mystery. There are pictures of him, he has his own website etc. But yes, he is as famous as Banksy.

      Yes, the Afro Brazilian Museum has an impressive collection. I think that the pieces are real and imported.

      Bahia is on my list, too, since I didn't have the chance to go up North. Probably next year.

  33. So much information packed into this post — thank you for sharing. That street art is just incredible and so prolific! The colors everywhere are amazing.

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