efe-epaBy Gonzalo Dominguez Loeda Caracas

Once-affluent Venezuela was a magnet for immigrants from southern Europe in the 1950s, and its capital at that time served as a canvas for avant-garde artists and architects who filled its streets with mosaics, sculptures and buildings.

But now those previous expressions have given way to a new emphasis on graffiti, some with real artistic merit but the majority of it serving only as a vehicle for political ideas.