URBAN ART OF THE CARIBBEAN
There is something ironic about the topic of choice used by the urban artists grazing Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen walls: there is nothing urban about it. That street art is full of rainforests, jaguars, dolphins, turtles, the deep ocean, Mayan culture, and so on.
Symbols representing nature, ancient traditions, and rural landscapes are painted in a big, HUGE format all over the urban veins of the Mexican Caribbean cities.
Even though this is not a completely brand new craft in the Yucatan peninsula, its intensity and relevance as a movement has taken the population by assault. So now everyone is looking for the closest wall to offer to the artists, which were considered vandals not so long ago.
The oversized format painting has given Mexico some of its finest and most celebrated plastic artists. The legendary trio: Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, along with other great contemporaries, came to life during turbulent times of social change in Mexico.
In a similar dynamic, the street art movement is motivated by social causes, such as the environment, climate change, and identity crisis of the rural population. Thus these topics brought some of the most important works done to date: The “Sea Walls, Mural for Oceans” global initiative by Pangea Seed Foundation in 2016, that shines from the now-iconic Fovisste Buildings in Bonampak Avenue.
In 2017, the Panorama Project focused on the city identity, highlights from this collection: “Doña Margarita,” a mural dedicated to a Mayan woman who lived in one of those buildings.
STREET ARTISTS ARE BRINGING TOURISTS INTO NEW AND EXCITING CITY AREAS
Weather is a relevant social cause or a homage to our country’s most beloved actors like Maria Felix or Canfinflas; both immortalized in some walls, as inside the Teatro 8 de Octubre in Cancun. However, the common ground for this urban, pop, and graffiti art is the clear, powerful, and positive message that inspires a community to act.
So no wonder why these former misfits are now the town’s toast and the street art’s miracle makers.
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