Walking the streets of Mexico you can be witness of the many stories that Mexico City can tell, stories that unfold with a look at its buildings, at its people, with its aromas, and especially, with its art. In recent years, a wave of emergent artists has intervened the façades of different buldings with their graffitis, stickers, stencils and others expressions of urban art.
But these expressions of art are not visible for everybody, since they are reserved for the expert eye, the curious wanderer, who lets itself to be surprised by the diversity of styles and techniques found in the streets. Only with a curious eye you can discover unique, and most of the times, monumental art.
Gone are the days when the graffiti was seen as vandalism. Today, many local shops, international brands and even the government itself, have invested in the intervention of public and private spaces, in order to beautify the city and fill it up with positive messages, which grab the attention of both locals and international visitors.
There are many talented Mexican artists, but Saner @Saner_edgar stands out among them because he represents our cultural heritage passionately and proudly. He is globally recognized because of the vibrant colors he uses as well as and the fantastic creatures wearing folkloric masks that he depicts. His latest mural, and the largest he has made so far, is located in Santa Fe’s new corridor.
Saner comforts us with positive messages of love and national unity, he connects us with our Mexican folklore and invites us to take a break and discover the hidden details in each of his murals. The perfect example of his peculiar style is the mural named “Union de un pueblo” (Union of the People), that is painted on the façade of the Hotel Reforma Avenue in the Juárez district.
Recently, artists like Saner, Roberto Shimizu, Curiot, Andrik Noble and Maria Canfield, have taken to the streets and intervened them, establishing themselves as a referent of street art in Mexico. They have inspired young people who are joining the Mexican urban art movement by the day, driven by creativity, their willingness to learn and the passion to express their ideas.
Some of these young graffitti artists come from different parts of the country and are supported by the Fideicomiso of Mexico City. This government trust commissioned them to revitalize the surrounding area of the Santisima Trinidad Temple, a place marked as a World Heritage site with their sprays and painting brushes. The main themes of such murals, which cover 200 lineal meters, are: “La Vida Acuática en los Canales”, “Mestizaje y Barroco” y “Flora y Fauna Mexicanas” (“The Aquatic Life in the Channels”, “Miscegenation and the Baroque” and “Mexican Flora and Fauna”).
It’s incredible how these interventions have improved our city. It’s a way of recovering public spaces, uniting neighborhoods and transforming the city’s landscape into an outdoor gallery. In a city as dynamic as Mexico City, the urban art reminds us of what we are made of, inspiring us, forcing us to look into other directions and inviting us to speak our minds.
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