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Panama Street art

       

By Vincent Morgan |  Published on Friday, August 24, 2012.

The Street Artists’s revival of San Felipe, Panama City. Discover painting and artists thanks to Darrin Duford

Street art from Panama city.

Article by Darrin DuFord for the FatCap Team.

While the colonial buildings in Panama City’s San Felipe neighborhood (also called Casco Viejo) are being restored at a frenzied pace, street artists have been exercising their own method of beautifying the remaining surfaces.

In March of 2012, Urban Heartbeat, a traveling public art project organized by German Jim Avignon, Nicaraguan Alicia Zamora, and Mexican Holger Beier, visited Panama, where they worked with a dozen Panamanian artists to paint the walls surrounding San Felipe’s open-air basketball court.  Along with the neighborhood’s temporary construction barriers, abandoned lots, and garbage bins, the court now wears the work of the city's street artists.

Panama city Street art by Camille bernal

Camila Bernal

Originally from Bogota, Panama-based Camila Bernal contributed this piece to the collage surrounding the basketball court at the end of San Felipe's Calle. The paint was barely a couple days old when I found it. "Creating a group piece has allowed me to learn the techniques and forms of my fellow artists," Bernal told me in an email interview when I asked her about her experiences at the basketball court. "I reaffirmed my love of murals, and I felt the need to make art responsibly, since each work that is exposed to the city can affect the surroundings in a positive way."

Panama city street artist Annie Pereda

Annie Pereda

A piece painted by Annie Pereda appears on the sidelines of the San Felipe basketball court.  Annie’s art has also appeared in installations in Buenos Aires, where she went for postgraduate studies.

Jacqueline Brandwayn

Jacqueline Brandwayn's distinctive stenciled legs can be found poking up on walls around San Felipe.  Her installation at the basketball court towers over all its admirers.

Street art by Tomson moore in panama

Thomson Moore

Originally from the States and now living in Panama, artist Thomson Moore created a series of works last year inspired by Panama’s food carts. In Urban Heartbeat’s installation, Moore adapted one of his carts, created with paste-ups and paint, to a corner space at the entrance of the basketball court.

graffiti by Nel one in Panama city

Nel One

Panamanian artist Nel One said in a past interview that his aerosol style was inspired by the artwork on the sides of Panama’s diablos rojos, or public buses. He brought his style to the San Felipe basketball court with this piece.

Gladys Turner Bosso

This work, comprised of paste-ups, stencils, and paint, is Gladys Turner Bosso's first piece of street art.

Rolo piece of street art in panama

Rolo

Artist Rolo de Sedas picked up on the real-life setting of water lapping up against a beachfront building that served as his canvas. Like several other Panamanian street artists, he also works with watercolor and oil on traditional canvas.

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