Street Art


What used to simply be known as “graffiti” has undergone a transformation over the past decade. Spearheaded by such internationally-acclaimed artists as Shepard Fairey in the United States and Banksy in the U.K., the movement began to snowball into something more nuanced than simply showing off, re-focusing on political and protest messages. So it’s no wonder that Mexico, with its grand tradition of mural-makers (Diego Rivera, anyone?) would adopt— and adapt— the trend in its own, unique flair. It’s interesting to see this international trend that shares many common elements refracted through a Mexican lens. It’s then you begin to see what’s important— or important enough to either protest or celebrate— with a new generation of Mexican youths who will one day be not only driving the culture but driving the political decision making.