For the last four months Daniel García has been traveling around South America and sharing his rich cultural, natural, social, artistic [all sorts of] experiences with us through his Instagram account @dgarcia.sv
Journey of an Artstigator got lucky last week when Daniel visited the magical city of Valparaiso, Chile and shared with us some of his artsy finds.
Valparaiso is located on the mid-Pacific Coast of Chile and is known for its street art, bohemian culture, and seaside views.
Just like is the case in other cities around the world, street art has been used as a form of peaceful protest under oppression. For Chile it was under the regime of Augusto Pinochet in the 70’s. To this day street art continues to play an important role in the freedom of expression of the Chilean people, especially in Valparaiso where street art is legal.
We asked Daniel a couple of questions to get a feel of Valparaiso and have a deeper understanding of the role street art plays in this creative oasis.
1. What was your first impression of Valparaiso?
DG: Valparaiso is very different from every other city I've visited so far. Street art is literally in every corner of this colorful place, giving the city a unique bohemian vibe. Valpo (as called by locals) invites you to walk its narrow uphill streets and discover what masterpiece is painted around the next corner.
2. What’s the relationship between the people from Valparaiso and the street art scene?
DG: People and street art have a very close relationship here. Local government and citizens encourage artists to express themselves on the city's murals. Thanks to this, Valparaiso has become a popular destination for tourists and artstigators from all over the world!
3. How has globe-trotting changed your life?
DG: Sometimes we get caught up in all the negative things this world throws at us that we forget that we live in a planet filled with so much beauty and endless positive things to offer. Traveling is changing my perspective; it’s changing me.
Follow Daniel on his 6-month adventure @dgarcia.sv and contact us if you’d like to share your street art finds. We love featuring artstigators on #AlternativeJourneys!
All photographs are by: Daniel García