Art has come out to the streets and it is here to stay, at least in the beautiful beach towns of the Mexican Caribbean.
Looks, landscapes, concepts, images and even poetry decorate today some of the walls of many streets in the municipalities of Quintana Roo, which seduce locals and tourist alike, who admire freely and without any cost true gallery pieces.
Finding inspiration, say the artists, is the easiest thing in the magical setting of the Caribbean; the problem is «perspiration when working under the tropical sun, but the reward for them and for all of us is worth it».
Mural art is present in Mexico since prehispanic times and later by the hand of master artists like Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Siqueiros and Ramon Alba de la Canal.
«The relevance of urban art dates back to the time began to show manifestations to tell his own history and communicate through public spaces. As a Mexican I am proud to know our country is one of the pioneers in mural painting, which means it has left behind in its blood a legacy of urban artists.» Explains Veracruz’s Marisol d’Estrabeau, Graphic Design graduate who resides currently in Cancun.
The pieces flow and blend not only with the urban landscape but with the people; thus painting and observer, merge into a larger work that our pupils can only glance fleetingly or are captured and disseminated in the global social networks that allow us to share complete artistic experiences even in the most remote places.
«Mural dynamics is amazing; to have direct contact with the public when you are developing your work and feel how they become partakers of it», shares with us Cristina Navarrete, architect and painter who resides in Acapulco and loves the Mexican Caribbean, where she escapes to share her art in the many exhibitions held there. «When art began to go out into the streets, it gave an opportunity of expressing themselves to those artists who could not do it in the art galleries that cherry-picked the artists they hosted. Urban art was a way of saying «we exist, we are here and we also do art».
The settings are indelibly marked; they are customized and achieve a natural, organic, collective and harmonious urban metamorphosis. «When you look at urban art its power can transform you, and the space becomes into a moment to reflect upon life and inspiration, the viewer recreates his conscience and his mood», says Marisol d´Estrabeau.
Great are the efforts being made in the field of urban murals. This edition is no more than a small picture of what is brewing today throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. Among one of the most prominent examples is the wad Project (World Art Destination), led by Liz Rashell, from Acapulco but cancunense since she was 11 years and graduated in Visual Arts. «The goal of wad is to include initiatives aimed at increasing the demand from the «Art Tourism» to build a new segment that provides economic benefits to the location. We organize urban interventions like the IPAF (International Public Art Festival or FIAP in spanish) held in Holbox, Cancun and, coming soon, Merida; SEAWALL or FECUCA (Festival of Caribbean Culture) Festivals»
Through their murals the artists pretend to be a reflection of the society to which they belong, printing their criteria and desire by expressing their feelings, dreams and realities. «My intention is to convey something that will make people think in a healthy way, doing our small part as artists to make this world a better place. Betting on culture and art is to bet for a healthy evolution towards a more harmonious, thoughtful and happy society», in the words of Leon Alba, a schoolteacher who came from Mexico City to Cancun where he enjoys embodying his art.
We know it’s just the beginning but we want to leave record of this genesis of urban art that today invites the world’s artists to keep building with their talent great work of art in permanent, natural, historical and human development, which is the Mexican Caribbean.