When D-Man and I first moved to Granada, we lived in Realejo, the city’s old Jewish quarter. Realejo is located right next to the Alhambra and is one of the oldest barrios in the city.
When strolling through the old cobbled streets and alleyways, we’d often come upon street art by El Niño, Granada’s famous graffiti artist. El Niño de Las Pinturas, or ‘The Child of the Paintings’, has made his art part of Granada’s culture and urban landscape, and is known to incorporate contemplative phrases into each painting. Paintings that can sometimes take up the entire facade of an old wall or building.
As rain and wind wear down El Niño’s older works, new ones will pop up around the city. You just have to look! Here are just some of the paintings we’ve encountered throughout Granada:
The top part of the (above) painting was covered with a piece of mesh netting when I took this photo, but this is what it looked like a few years ago:
A creative sense of humor:
A much older painting:
I enjoy urban street art like El Niño’s, done with care and a clever imagination. For more paintings by El Niño that have existed throughout Granada over the years, check out Street Art Utopia.