Málaga’s Urban Street Art

Street Art in Malaga by ROA  - Málaga Arte Urbano en el SoHo (MAUS)

There’s something fabulous happening in Málaga – stunning street art – and I’m not talking about graffiti.

Málaga Arte Urbano en el Soho” (otherwise known as MAUS) has invited international urban street artists to create fabulous pieces of art on the walls around Málaga’s “Barrio de las Artes“, the bohemian Soho district.

Artists include Dadi Dreucol, the Madrid-based Boa Mistura collective, José Medina Galeote,  Andi Rivas and my personal favourite, ROA, who is responsible for the amazing chameleon above.

There are many more images than I can display here, so if you want to have a look for yourself, head to the Soho district of Málaga, situated on the port side of the Alameda Principal and east of the River Guadalmedina.

Whilst you’re there, you might also want to also look into the Contemporary Art Centre by the river, which is free of charge and well worth an hour of your time.

Chameleon by ROA in Malaga, Spain

What’s your opinion about street art?  Which is your favourite photo?

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68 thoughts on “Málaga’s Urban Street Art

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  2. Hi, great article.

    I recently went to Malaga on a field trip and I studied street art and graffiti in southern Spain and had the opportunity to visit this amazing place and view all the art that you have posted pictures of. My group and I have to write up our findings for our project and were wondering if you could help. We have a few questions that we are finding difficult to find the answers for online and hope that you can help.

    We just want to no the following:

    1. When was the street art introduced?
    2. Do many people no about the street art? (when we visited (Jan 2014) there were hardly any people within the area)
    3. How come the buildings surrounding the area are neglected and run down?
    4. Are there future plans for any further development within the area.

    Even if you do not know all the answers to these questions, if you could help in anyway possible, my group and I would be extremely grateful.
    Thank you

    • This street art has been introduced mostly over the past year. Most of the pieces have been commissioned by the city in an effort to breathe life into a neglected area of Malaga city.

      You’re quite right – any people don’t know about the street art, but I’m hoping to spread the news 🙂

      You could also try looking on FB, here: http://www.facebook.com/MAUSMALAGA

  3. Hi Marianne, just come across this via facebook, wow, fantastic, another jewel in the crown of Malaga !! you are right, Malaga is such a fantastic city and very underrated, maybe we should just keep it for ourselves ! they are great photos of fantastic artwork, coming down in March so will be heading to see this, the Chameleon is very special, great technique.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hola Roberto – the chameleon is my favourite, too. Very special. You’ll have a great time in March wandering around the Soho district. The CAC museum (contemporary art) is worth a look, too …. it’s nearby and FREE!!.

      Be sure to hit Atarazanas market for fresh produce – and some amazing tapas 🙂

      • Hola Marianne, thanks for your reply,
        I can never resist Atarazanas Foodie heaven on earth ! El Tren cafe round the corner does great coffee and Desayuno.
        I wonder if you have visited Sedella on your travels ? they have a great visitor centre and Museum and are in the process of converting the old Ayuntamiento into a local arts and customs of Sedella museum, there is a real progressive vibe in this charming little village.

        Kind regards

        • Yes, I’ve visited Sedella – but not for a couple of years, I’m afraid. Must make the effort to return 🙂

          Thanks for the heads up, Roberto 🙂

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  6. They’re great, Marianne. There are some incredibly talented street artists around – I can’t begin to imagine how they manage to create such life-like images. My favourite, by far, has to be the chameleon.

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  8. So much talent and It would be wonderful to wander around discovering them they are all amazing but that chameleon is so sculptural he looks as though he is just about to walk off the wall.

  9. They’re terrific, Marianne – what a success! It’s really wonderful to see how cities grow and change and I’m sure these paintings will add a new zing to the Barrio. Lets hope that translates into economic growth. As to a favourite – I’m torn. The chameleon is wonderful, you’re right, but I keep coming back to the beating heart too, and supine bean man … It must he really fun wandering around, looking at them all in situ, where scale plays such an interesting part. 🙂

    • I’m delighted how much Malaga city has blossomed over the past ten years.

      Many people think of Malaga as “just an airport”, where they fly into and out of, but it is SO much more these days.

      There is a real BUZZ around Malaga – it’s such a happening place.

  10. I thought the chameleon was a sculpture when I first saw it – fantastic. Although I wouldn’t have many of these pictures on the walls in my home, I like to see them in cities – they reveal all the different personalities of artists, and of people generally. But I don’t like graffiti – it’s too often written on surfaces that can’t be cleaned, like precious old stone walls.

    • Totally agree with you, Trish – there’s a place for this type of art and it’s not in the home.

      It’s heartbreaking to see graffiti scrawled on precious places. I can’t believe how mindless some people can be. It’s a sad reflection on society when someone does that without thought of it’s significance or history.

  11. I love street art even the non-commissioned, and possibly non-sanctioned works. I think street art is the art gallery and commentary of society, accessible by everyone who walks by. But I despise graffiti and tagging, the taggers often tagging over good street art.
    MAUS is stunning, and features classic work. I like the chameleon but it would be the Jack Fox – for the detail & style – if I had to choose a favorite, which is difficult, they are all great.

    • Like you, EllaDee, I despise graffiti and tagging.

      Have you seen the amazing street art in the centre of Melbourne? One piece in particular stands out in my memory – it’s huge and the eyes of the girl are just unbelievably haunting.

      Yes, I like the Jack Fox trilogy, too – it’s HUGE!

  12. Marianne — I don’t really have a favorite; I love all of the painted urban art that fills out the spaces of the walls of buildings already there. It looks pretty cool and would love to have a chance to see it in person. Must grand to be able and just look around, daily, and see it all.

    • Hey, Tom – I live about a 50 minute drive from Malaga city – so I don’t get to see it every day, but the city has really progressed over the past 10 years or so since the Picasso museum arrived in town!

      Hope you get the chance to come and see it one day – you’re not too far away – and there’s always Ryanair! 😉

  13. Excellent post! I love street. Art, and was wandering around Shoreditch in London recently where there is some interesting stuff. I like the chameleon, but also the shading and detail in the first image…

    • I’ve never been into street art until earlier this year when we were in Melbourne, Australia where there are some amazing pieces.

      So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered these beauties 🙂

      Thanks for your input, Sue – much appreciated 🙂

      • You are very welcome! I must post some of the Shoreditch shots (has a ring to it, that!)… and I intend to get over to Brick Lane one day, I’m told there’s some interesting artwork there. 🙂

  14. The Chameleon is fantastic, of course, but I love all of them. Commissioned street art is a fine thing. I think of the people who are able to see the work who would not otherwise see it. And, in it’s larger-than-life representation. I loved this post! 🙂

    • Thanks for saying and for taking the trouble to look at all the photos, George.

      I like the idea of commissioned street art, too – much better than any idiot marking graffiti everywhere. These pieces are very artistic 🙂

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