Five Mexico City Street Artists You’ll Want to Follow Today
BY CAROLINE MILLS
BEO HAKE — The art of Beo Hake is based in sensory experience, rather than reality. He made the leap from graffiti artist to illustrator when he felt the need to leave more than just his name on a wall. Feelings, sensations and ideas are all brought to life in the characters he paints, which draw on patterns, nature, and animals both real and imagined.
DHERZU UZALA — Dherzu Uzala creates fantastical images that burst with life. Despite his almost cartoonish style, the detail and personality given to each weird and wild creature allows it to jump off the wall (or the page). His work with Mexican organization World Art Destinations brings beautiful murals to the public, in service of worthy causes like ocean conservation.
NEUZZ — Neuzz, AKA Miguel Mejia, is a graduate of Universidad del Valle de México. Like many of the artists on this list, he takes inspiration from Mexico City’s past, its present, and its people. His work draws on local stories and myths, as well as folk art like masks and skulls. These murals bring the spirit of the city to life in vivid color and pattern, in places that would otherwise be dingy and grey.
SEHER ONE — The first thing you notice about the art of Seher One (David Piñon Hernández) is that it is EXPLOSIVE. Each piece is a whirlwind: swirls of psychedelic color, swooping birds and pouncing foxes, plants and flowers and geometric shapes. Influenced in many ways by memories from childhood, the murals often feature recurring symbols. Along with carefully selected colors, these details offer much for the viewer to decipher.
SPAIK — Israel Guerra, the street artist known as Spaik, paints the Mexican people — in particular, the peasant farmers known as campesinos. He paints not only the tough realities of their lives, but the beauty of their traditions, in bright colors and patterns that bring joy to anyone who catches a glimpse of his work. Drawing from the past and looking toward the future, these murals speak to the modern Mexican identity.