Photo of the week: Cosmic street panda

Panda in Beco do Batman, Sao Paulo

The street art is phenomenal in Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo. There’s one place in particular called Beco de Batman that has a particularly high concentration of brilliant art. The amount of excellent graffiti crammed into the small network of alleyways is mind blowing. It’s situated in the Villa Madalena area of the city, which is also filled with trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It’s where we stayed while we were in Sao Paulo. As well as Beco do Batman, there’s also a lot of graffiti around the whole of Villa Madalena. Beco de Aprendiz is a colourful alleyway like Beco de Batman, and Cumbuci is another hotspot for street art in Sao Paulo, most famously for the work of Os Gêmeos, two twin brothers whose work I’ve also seen in Berlin. Other popular artists to look out for in Sao Paulo are Speto, Dask2, Tumulus, Ninguém Dorme, Profeta, Vado do Cachimbo, and Pato.


There is street art of all types in Sao Paulo, but there’s also a style that’s particular to the city called Pichação. This looks a little like hieroglyphics and the artists compete to paint in the most inaccessible and high places. They have to free climb and abseil to get to them, which makes it a pretty hair-raising art. We saw lots of it dotted around the city.

We’ve seen this cosmic panda elsewhere in South America, but can’t find out who the artist as: anyone know?

Marina Zumi

Thanks to our couchsurfing host, JanJan we now know the artist’s name is Marina Zumi, an Argentinian artists who lives in Såo Paulo. You can follow Marina Zumi on Instagram.

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    • Victoria says

      The quality and quantity of street art in Brazil is amazing – we were consistently blown away. Check out our other post here on Brazilian street art
      Sao Paulo though, particularly, has something special going on.

  1. Christy @ Technosyncratic says

    We LOVE street art; Berlin is our favorite, but we’ve heard that Brazil has an awesome art culture as well.

    And these little pandas are super adorbs; I like how the piece extends onto the sidewalk. :)

    • Victoria says

      Ah, yes of course Berlin. To my shame, I haven’t been (Im from London so mo excuse) but Steve has. ant wait to visit one day.

  2. JanJan says

    Hey Victoria,

    The graffiti artist’s name is Marina Zumi, you might have seen her works in Argentina as she is from there, but she lives in São Paulo. I really like her work too :)

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