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Urban Tribes: the graffiti of El niño de las pinturas

The urban tribes were born as a form of urban youth expression, and one of his best examples is the graffiti. In Granada you can find one of the best: el niño de las pinturas

El término grafiti procede de Italia, aunque tiene raíces más añejas: nada menos que en la necesidad de comunicación de los humanos desde su aparición en la Tierra.

Los grafitis cobran protagonismo en los años 60, cuando comienzan a utilizarse como propaganda política en un mundo convulsionado por la Guerra Fría. Pero el fenómeno posterior del bombing en Filadelfia (EE UU) −el de pintar paredes con el nombre o apodo de cada uno− le dio características menos reivindicativas. 

Poco a poco, el grafiti fue convirtiéndose en arte: inmensos murales hechos por auténticos artistas empezaron a llamar la atención.

Pese a ello, las autoridades neoyorkinas iniciaron una dura política de tolerancia cero con los escritores de grafiti, como se reconoce a los verdaderos artistas.

The term graffiti comes from Italy, but has much older roots: the need of human communication since its appearance on Earth.


The graffiti attains prominence in the 60s, when they begin to be used as political propaganda in a world disrupted by the Cold War. But the later phenomenon of bombing in Philadelphia (USA), painting the walls with a name or nickname, gave them less demanding features.

Gradually, the graffiti was becoming art: huge murals made by real artists began to draw attention.

Nevertheless, the authorities of New York launched a harsh policy of zero tolerance for “graffiti writers”, like graffiti artists are known.

In the late '80s, and helped by the boom of hip hop, street culture reviving.

In Spain, under the movement called “Movida Madrileña “, the youngster, free of the dictatorship that hit the country, are willing to take on the world and express their feelings.


In Granada lives one of the best graffiti artists of Spain, el niño de las pinturas. This artist lives in the Realejo neighbourhood, where many walls reflect his creativity.

His work is linked to phrases or poems with a message that invites you to reflection. The human’s figure is listed first; projecting the expressions of the faces: fear, happiness, surprise, tenderness.

His creations are true street art. His signature is also found in Argentina, Portugal, France, Venezuela, Holland, Mexico, Italy, Hungary and Belgium.

On their website, el niño de las pinturas summarizes his story:

"Once upon a time there was a little boy who was lost. He was looking under the rocks and behind his shadow but he was never there. He played with the stars and whispered secrets to the clouds which the wind kept. He asked to the highest mountains and to the really oldest men, but no one gave him an answer.

One day he was jumping from planet to planet collecting dreams when he tripped over a tin that sounds like a bell. He grabbed it and pushed its head and a big colourful flame flooded everything and the ground was not the ground and he sky was not the sky, everything was coloured, and the colour was everything. He looked at it and lost his sight in it. The boy was amazed (...). "

If you want to be the new el niño de las pinturas, you can find schools that will help you to learn and to improve, at Granada or anywhere in Spain.

You can also participate in one of the many competitions held throughout Spain or in one of the urban safaris to not miss a detail of what other artist are doing, for example, in Madrid.

And if yours is exhibiting, upload your work!

Show yourself!



Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Maracena