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“Pintemos Mexico” with Specter, OverUnder, Shente and Libre in Ensanada

“Pintemos Mexico” with Specter, OverUnder, Shente and Libre in Ensanada

Irish Catholics like Specter always get romantic when they see the Virgin Mary being worked into a mural. The Brooklyn based Street Artist just got back from the heavily catholic country of Mexico (Ensenada) where the virgin Guadalupe is the local version that people revere and he says he was inspired by the “Tree of Life”. The metaphorical árbol in this case is the ceramic sculpture displayed at the Museo de Arte Popular in México City.


Gabriel Specter. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)

Joined by Street Artist OverUnder from Reno and Shente and Libre from the HEM crew out of Tijuana one of the oldest graffiti crews in Mexico, Specter worked on his mural for an art project called “Pintemos Mexico”. Each artist chose a more modern and public approach to popular icons and religious figures and storytelling, says Specter, and he liked finding a way to relate his own heritage to the folklore and religious fervor of Mexican culture. With many of the neighborhood kids pitching in to help, these are murals for a community that hopefully reflect the people back to themselves.


Sculpture by Oscar Soteno on display at Museo de Arte Popular in México City (image courtesy Wikipedia).


Gabriel Specter. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)


Gabriel Specter. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)


OverUnder. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)


OverUnder. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © OverUnder)


Libre. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)


Libre. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)


Shente. “Pintemos Mexico” Ensenada, BC. Mexico (photo © Gabriel Specter)


“Pintemos Mexico” is made possible by Infonavit and the Fundacion Hogares, with Mamutt as one of the collaborators.


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BSA Film Friday: 03.22.13

Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening: The Yok & Sheryo in Australia, Sixe and Okuda in Peru, and Mammutt in Mexico City

BSA Special Feature:
The Yok and Sheryo in “Fish & Chips”

The Yok and Sheryo have been working as a collaborative aerosol duo for a handful of years and in this new sunny video their creative and working dynamic is on full display. Set in Fremantal, a small town at the port of Perth, Australia, the mural puts marine life at center stage, with facing creatures depicted in a possibly autobiographical way that addresses their differing heritages (Singaporean and Australian) and their individual personalities. As the prep and painting process builds upon itself through the video, there is a genuine sense of the artists industry, creativity and their joint sense of adventure.

Another from The Yok and Sheryo in Australia

A Brief Montage from Spanish Artists Sixe and Okuda in Peru


And you thought it was just about painting. Entrepreneur Gonzalo Alvarez and the whole crew of MAMUTT in Mexico City are celebrating two years of building an organization that is combining Street Art, commerce, entertainment, branding, and media marketing. It has been interesting to see how their multiple efforts have unfolded and here is their promotional reel that gives an overview of their work in the last two years, with an idea of their plans for the future.

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ROA’s Magic Naturalism: Street Art’s Wild Kingdom in Mexico


An ant eater inspects a new friend in a small town near San Miguel De Allende in Mexico. Piece by ROA (copyright Roa)

It was magic, Mexico”

ROA continues at the pace of a hungry prairie dog running across landscapes dusty and rusted in search of a fitting tableau for his traveling animal reserve. Fans of the Belgian Street Artist are accustomed to his rats and birds and furry creatures climbing rugged weathered urban walls in Europe and the US. More recently ROA discovered the enchanted sunlight that warms the winter earthen hues of central Mexico at the invitation of Gonzalo Alvarez of Mamutt Arte.


A buzzard adorns this abandoned construction in an agricultural area north of Mexico City. ROA (photo copyright Roa)


This “still life” by ROA is in collaboration with MUJAM (The Antique Toy Museum of Mexico City) (photo copyright Roa)

“I love to integrate the native animals of the country I visit,” he relates as he talks about the armadillo, buzzards, raccoon, anteater, and fighting cock he gave to his hosts in the metropolis Mexico City and a bit north in the tiny town of Jamaica in the State of Guanajuato.  Part naturalist and part social activist, ROA gives center stage to the underdogs of the natural world as if to elevate their status among the lions and peacocks of the planet.


“This big armadillo was a new one for me, ” says the artist about his piece on the facade of The House of Cauce Ciudadano A.C., a non-profit youth services center that serves young people in Mexico City. ROA (photo copyright Roa)

Adhering to an austere monochrome palette, he swiftly renders his realist studies using cans and a variety of caps over a rollered silhouette of blanco, if necessary. With wiley coyote agility, a sharply assessing eye and an audacious appetite for painting as many walls as you can source for him, this quick-moving Street Artist continues to populate the wild ROA kingdom wherever he migrates.


A visit to a farm raising roosters in Jamaica, Guanajuato inspired ROA to create a fowl portrait on the side of a home (below) (photo copyright Roa)


ROA (photo copyright Roa)

brooklyn-street-art-ROA-Mexico-7-webROA (photo copyright Roa)


ROA would like to extend a big thanks for everything to the wonderful people who welcomed him in Mexico, particularly Gonzalo at Mamutt Arte and Roberto from MUJAM.


Click here to learn more about Cauce Ciudadado C.A.

More ROA on Brooklyn Street Art

brooklyn-street-art-roa-jaime-rojo-05-106VIDEO: ROA on the Water Tower

VIDEO: ROA in NYC with BSA – The Ibis

INTERVIEW: Winging It With ROA – FreeStyle Urban Naturalist Lands Feet First in Brooklyn

Flying High With ROA in Brooklyn, NYC

Photo copyright Jaime Rojo

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