Valparaiso is the capital of streetart in Chile. (from bus).
n 1990s teenagers began tagging the buildings. People discovered that if the building were painted with murals the teens would not tag the building (from bus).
Example of European "Balloon Frame" house with metal exterior (from bus).
Example of America "Balloon Frame" house with wooden exterior (from bus)
This collection represents two years of work. Some are pictures of his imaginationand some of life in Valparaiso. The pictures are double sided and rotate around creating an infinite number of combinations.
Gonzalo Ilabaca is a self taught artist who does not paint from a picture but "paints his own paradise".
Two of Gonzalo's paintings of his imagination inspired by the likes of Mirro, Modigliani and Picasso.
As a boy Gonzalo watched westerns and this house was inspired by the scenes from those movies.
Ilabaca believes that coloris used to express atmosphere.
These are painting of Valparaiso life. Here he expains his process.
These Valparaiso paintings are of the hillside architecture, nightlife and the diversity of color found throughout the city.
This is one year of accumulated paint. Ilabaca takes this box everywhere he goes to paint. He feels it creates interest in his work as opposed to an off putting camera.
This painting is of a bar and a sea life that no longer exists. Gonzalo says, "Painters are the guardians of what will disappear".
This is his 1947 Fiat that he has painted. It used to be used for a wedding car around town.
Common street stands in Valparaso (from bus).
Plaza Sotomaor in downtown Valparaiso (from bus).
The gallery of Herna Friberg and her husband Jorge Martinez Garcia.
Herna Friberg explaining the metal etching process.
Herna Friberg, who is Jewish, included a Hebrew saying about creating a city. She was surprised I recognized the Hebrew.
A view of the hillside architecture and colors of Valparaiso.
Pia Subercaseaux, another self taught artists, painted a picture everyday except Sunday in 2017. The year's work will be exhibited in Santiago in May. Accepting each day as it comes is the theme of her exhibition.
Pia's garden from her kitchen.
How much is that doggie in the window?
More incredible street art (from the bus).
The first funicular was built in 1883. There are several throughout the city and they are an easy access to various parts of the hillsides.
Typical restaurant in the hillside neighborhoods of Valparaiso.
Another imprssive mural.
The navy is very important to Valparaiso. Our guide said every mother hopes her daughter marries a navy man because of the prestige and benefits.