Street Art of Alfama

Art truly is everywhere you look… It just depends what you are looking for. I see art in the the literal sense, through murals and paintings, but also in people and places. Lisbon, as a city, was a work of art in itself.

Aflame street art

Two friends enjoying lunch on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I quickly fell in love with the bicycle, flowers, and painting of the woman with the traditional Portuguese guitar.

Aflame street art

This alley was my favorite discovery I made while wandering the streets of Alfama. It was covered in plants and random colorful collages. There was also a back and white cat sitting on a chair, bathing in the sun. I think he appreciated the artwork just as much as I did!

Aflama street art

The contrast of old and new. Who is to say that one is more beautiful than the other? Although I do wish I knew what the graffiti says.

Aflame street art

A graffitied truck parked in front of an exquisitely built building- the perfect contrast.

pure poetry pura poesia

Pure poetry.

Aflame street mosaic

Aflame street graffiti

Most people choose to just look at the view of the city, I choose to look at the graffiti surrounding it as well.

Aflame street art tile mosaic

Hand-painted tiles on the side of a building that highlight the Portuguese lifestyle in Alfama.

aflama art coffee and red wine

My three favorite things- coffee, wine, and paintings!

I am always mentioning this, but, art is what you make of it. Start opening your eyes to view everything you see as its own work of art. You never know what you will learn to appreciate in the process.

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Art Unlocks Emotion

Art is all around us. Art inspires. It brightens. It expresses emotions that otherwise cannot be conveyed. Art is simply a beautiful thing.

Many people think art is only found in a museum or a gallery, but this is not the case. Art can be found anywhere and everywhere. Art does not have to be a pretty picture hanging on a crisp white wall. It can be a quote graffitied onto the dirty New York City sidewalk. Or a fashion advertisement plastered on a construction site.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you learn to recognize that everything is special and creative in its own way, you will see that you are always surrounded by art. Art is supposed to make you feel something whether it is happiness, sadness, or anger. It is meant to move you and make a difference.

The next time you are exploring somewhere new, really take in your surroundings and appreciate them for what they are. If you learn to do this you can unlock a whole new level of emotions that you have never felt before. You are acknowledging the world as a piece of art in itself.