The best of Porto’s street art

Art does not have to be confined to gallery walls: many Porto buildings are decorated with breathtaking works. Here is our list of Porto’s greatest graffiti
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Don’t walk around looking down at the ground, or up to the sky – look at the walls around you. In Porto, art is everywhere.

The best of Porto’s street art

Fundação José Rodrigues
©Fundação José Rodrigues
Museums, Art and design

Fundação José Rodrigues

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Enter a former factory to find creations by Portuguese graffiti artists HBSR, Hium, Klit, Mars, Vhils, Youth One, Caos, Oker and MrDheo and, over from London, Best&Ever.

Daniel Eime - Miragaia

Miragaia

Daniel Eime is one of the most talented stencil artists working in Portugal, and this mural in Miragaia (depicting one of its residents) is proof.

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Miguel Bombarda
© João Saramago

Rua Miguel Bombarda

Some may have disappeared, but there are plenty of surviving works by Hazul around town. One of the longest-lasting and most iconic is in Rua Miguel Bombarda, where many of Porto’s art galleries are. It was done in collaboration with Costah, another known name on the local scene. In the same street, also take a look at the mural by Tina Siuda on the Hotel Mercador and, further along, the D. Quixote.

Cinemas, Independent

Look at Porto

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Vhils is Portugal’s best-known creator of urban art, and already well known internationally. This is one of his two works in Porto and it’s easy to find. It features his signature style, with a giant face sculpted out of a building’s façade.

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Mural - Rua do Paraiso
©Frederico Draw

Rua do Paraíso/Camões

In 2014 an urban art festival left a legacy of murals by BreakOne, Frederico Draw, Fedor, Oker and Alma.

Ponte Dom Luís I
©Béria Lima
Attractions, Bridges

Dom Luís I Bridge

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Frederico Draw chose this wall for strategic reasons: it is next to the Dom Luís I Bridge, so the figure he painted welcomes all those who arrive in Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia.

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Who Are You, Porto?
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Rua da Madeira

This work is made up of 3,000 azulejos (ceramic tiles) contributed by dozens of participants, each of whom were assigned four tiles with which to answer the question “Who are you, Porto?”. The idea came from ±maismenos±, one of Portugal’s most socially and politically active artists. A little further up the same street is a stencilled mural by the Italian duo Sten + Lex.

Oker - Cedofeita
©Julie Dawn Fox

Rua de Cedofeita

This street is full of urban art, but you need to look hard for some of it. Run your eye over the electricity boxes on either side of the street and the stores’ shutters once they’ve been rolled down for the night.

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