One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in San Miguel de Allende’s Colonia Guadalupe some days ago, was the colorful artwork on the walls of businesses and homes in the neighborhood. As it happens, the neighborhood was recently designated the first art district in this Unesco World Heritage city. The artwork is still fresh, and it has been a delight to wander the streets of Guadalupe with a camera.
The Muros en Blanco (“Blank Walls”) project opened the Colonia Guadalupe Art District in late March. The urban street art project showcases the work of young artists from around Mexico and from other countries (Chile, Argentina, Canada, Germany and the United States). They were participating in JovenES Expresión, a program in conjunction with local artists to promote the new art district and support tourism in San Miguel de Allende.
A key aim of the project is to channel youthful energy and talent, from graffiti to vibrant art that both artists and the community can take pride in. A street party celebrated the opening of the new art district.
Take a look at some of the fanciful paint jobs these buildings have received! Do you recognize the Mexican themes?