Marina Charles, co-founder of graffitimundo, shares her favourite art hot spots in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is home to some extremely creative talents, particularly within the street art scene. We created graffitimundo in order to promote this incredible scene and its artists. Here are a few of my favourite art stores and galleries, some street art related, some not, though all these spaces give an insight into what makes this city’s underground art scene so special. Galería Patio del Liceo
Set in a former shopping arcade, this is a real hub of creativity filled with artists’ workshops, galleries, bookshops and independent clothing and design stores. It comes alive on Friday nights with exhibition opening parties on every floor. It’s an excellent place to buy cutting-edge art. Galería Patio del Liceo, Av Santa Fé 2729, Barrio Norte (no telephone) Ruby Gallery
The very talented Irana Douer is an illustrator, curator and gallery owner. After years of working with artists all over the world she recently opened Ruby Gallery in the charming, low-key barrio of Colegiales. It showcases emerging Argentine artists work as well as ceramics, jewellery, clothing and fanzines. Ruby Gallery, Céspedes 3065, Colegiales (no telephone) Post Bar/Hollywood in Cambodia
This is graffitimundo’s second home: Hollywood in Cambodia represents the heart of urban art culture in Buenos Aires. Run by a group of stencil artists, the gallery holds monthly changing exhibitions from urban artists as well as housing a huge array of artwork. You can find an original artwork for a really reasonable price. Post Bar is the adjoining bar decorated with thousands of stencils. Don’t miss the terrace upstairs. Post Bar/Hollywood in Cambodia, Thames 1885, Palermo Soho (no telephone)
Located in a 19th-century house in the historic San Telmo barrio, retro toys, vintage furniture and stylish kitchenware decorate each room and it’s all for sale. You can spend hours browsing here. The painted patio adorned with cat and bird-like characters is the work of Tec and Defi, two well-known local urban artists. Cualquier Verdura, Humberto 1º 517, San Telmo, 011 4300 2474