A new graffiti piece in Lima to celebrate the Pan American Games

Leonor Macedo


On invitation from LATAM, muralist Joan Jimenez Entes leaves his mark in Lima, in an urban painting that unites sports and the Peruvian culture


Lima is more colorful. For the Pan American and Parapan American Games, which will be held in the city until September 1, LATAM gave Lima a gift on the walls of Villa Deportiva Nacional Videna, one of the main venues for the events.


In the painting, typical plants and birds, Andean mountains, the Pacific Ocean at the foot of the cliff where Lima is located. Characteristics of the Peruvian culture that intertwine with sports. 'I wanted to convey a little of the history that surrounds us and what we feel as Latin Americans welcoming such an important event,' explains Joan Jimenez Entes, the author of the mural.



The artist wasn’t chosen randomly. Joan is a proud Lima native – or better yet, a proud Peruvian. Since he started creating graffiti pieces, in 1998, inspired by the covers of the hip-hop albums he used to listen, he’s been trying to express his identity through his art. 'I don’t try to tell the history of Peru in the murals, but my story here, interpreting everything I experience in my everyday life,' he affirms.


You could say that graffiti art deepened his connection with the Peruvian capital. It made him explore Lima from north to south. 'It’s been almost 21 years drawing on the walls in my city: I know all its nooks and crannies,' he assures. And art has taken him further, to paint murals in such places as Santiago, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, São Paulo, New York, Barcelona, and Paris.



But Joan always comes back home. 'We are joyful, kind, and welcoming, and we have an opportunity to show it to the world during the Pan American and Parapan American Games. America is now united in my country and all Peruvians are ready to welcome it with open arms.'



Three places to see graffiti art in Lima

Check out tips from Joan Jimenez to see how urban art has developed in the Peruvian capital and its surroundings:


Fail Art Gallery 

National and international contemporary artists exhibit their work at this urban art gallery in Miraflores. At times, some graffiti artists paint in front of the audience, while a DJ livens up the mood.

Calle General Borgoño, 756

Museo de Arte Urbano

New exhibitions always display the work of muralists from Peru and other countries. Names from the graffiti art scene in Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, among other countries, have shown their pieces there. Joan is curator of the museum.

Real Felipe, 128, Callao

Festival Puro Muro

Created just one year ago, this street art festival left a legacy of around 100 colorful murals in Lima. In addition to bringing to the city art made by people from all over the world, this event gives opportunities to beginner artists.