Beautiful Painted Staircases Inspired by Andean Textiles Transform the Hills of Lima, Peru

Xomatok Painted Stairs in Lima, Peru

In the rolling hills of Lima, Peru, colorful murals coat the sloping staircases that forge paths through the city’s diverse neighborhoods. An effort to beautify and celebrate the cultural history of each district, the painted stairs form part of the city’s endeavor to recognize art as an essential part of community development. Peruvian artist Xomatok took part in this tremendous project, translating his artistic vision onto 13 stairways in the hilly footpaths of Alisos de Amauta. In collaboration with local residents, the artist transformed the plain stairs of the neighborhood with geometric designs inspired by the vibrant motifs commonly found in handwoven Andean textiles, especially traditional shawls or blankets called llicllas.

The paintings were completed with the help of community members over the course of two months as part of a city-wide initiative promoted by the Municipality of Lima called Pinta Lima Bicentenario. Xomatok is well known for his ventures into urban art, in which he seeks to explore elements of color and the relationships that humans have with their environment. A reflection of these sentiments, the kaleidoscopic patterns of these painted stairs serve not only to transfigure the surrounding landscape but also the very fabric of the community that resides within it.

Scroll down to see images of Xomatok’s gorgeous designs on the painted stairs. You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the finished pieces on the artist’s Instagram.

Peruvian artist Xomatok transformed the hills of Lima, Peru's Alisos de Amauta neighborhood with 13 vibrant staircases filled with patterns inspired by Andean textiles.

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Xomatok Painted Stairs in Lima, PeruThe painted stairs were completed in collaboration with local residents to beautify the community and celebrate their cultural heritage.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Xomatok.

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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