That’s one mean-spirited mouse.
Perfect to head up this brief survey of a diverse selection of street art I collected in June and July of 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica, while recovering from hepatitis A. Collected that is, when the yellowed heap of sweat that I was wasn’t lying on a couch.
I decided last night that my legendary bout of hepatitis A notwithstanding, that nearly three years later these images deserved to be somewhere other than gathering dust on a hard drive. Beyond this quick look at the surface I didn’t have the opportunity to dig into the local scene, but do see that there are clear stylistic differences between these and works that typically appear in South America, particularly in and around Bogota, Colombia, whose scene I’m most familiar with. There, there’s a stronger connection with the past; here the feel was more modern or post-modern even, less indigenous. Any and all insight is welcome and encouraged.
Given the short and sometimes unhappy lives of murals, I have no idea if any of these still exist. I recall most of these being within a few blocks of the national museum. Likewise, I don’t know any of the artists who created these, so if you can help with an ID, please get in touch so credit can be given where it’s due.
And for some additional exploration, a few related links:
- 5 questions for a Costa Rican street artist – ‘We came to this world to be happy’ – Tico Times (Feb 2016). Nice story on a local artist creating large three-dimensional happy faces.
- A City of Portraits: Street Art in San José, Costa Rica – Charlie on Travel (Oct 2014)
- Graffiti in San José, Costa Rica – 12ozProphet (April 2015)
- San Jose, Costa Rica Street Art – Fatcap
- Works by San Jose artist Negus Arte Vida – Global Street Art
- TheArtistProfile – Ministra Crew – Art Above Reality (October 2014)
- Political Graffiti in San Jose – Costa Rica News (November 2010)
San Jose, Costa Rica, July 2013