The list includes a selection of walls by local as well as international artists, who have left their mark in the city while visiting Mexico.
ROA is a Belgian artist who intervened a parking lot in la Lagunilla during the All City Canvas Festival in 2012. His piece portrays a huge snake attacking rats; reflecting his signature use of his black and white and grey scales. Although it might seem like a mere animal representation, the mural’s political and social message is very strong and direct. The location makes it even more special!
La Lagunilla is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Mexico City. This mural is a clear representation of the essence of the “hood”. It is hard to go unnoticed due to its large scale. It is undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic murals in Mexico City.
Edificio Paraguay, La Lagunilla, Mexico City
Crews are an integral part of the graffiti scene. One of them is X Familia, who intervened the Torre de Veracruz, one of the monumental buildings of the iconic residential development of Tlatelolco. The mural depicts one of the most important gods of Mesoamerican culture, Quetzalcóatl, the god known as the Plumed Serpent. He is part of the national DNA, inviting the people to reconnect with nature. Not only is the aesthetics of the mural amazing, but the meaning behind the representation of the roots of the trees, life, and the planets.
Paseo de la Reforma 704, Tlatelolco, Mexico City
Located on one side of the Historic City Center, at the subway station Salto del Agua, Smithe created the mural entitled Ella (Her). It pays tribute to all the women workers of the city.
The mural overlooks Eje Central, one of Mexico City’s busiest avenues. An urban landscape that enlivens the passersby and drivers of the area.
Smithe is one of the most renowned Mexican street artists worldwide. His piece is an acknowledgement to his career and an influence on the younger generations of artists.
Av. Arcos de Belén con Aranda # 73, Historic City Center, Mexico City
The Comptroller’s office has one of the best locations in Mexico City. Seher One, one of Mexico’s most recognized urban artists, intervened the building with an extraordinary piece entitled México: Cultura y Sociedad querenace (Mexico: The rebirth of Culture and Society). It alludes to Mexico’s strength, how it “stood up” from the rubble after the September 19 earthquake and its rebirth. In it, the artist displays iconic elements of Mexican culture, such as Quetzalcóatl. A beautiful mural with a strong message for the Mexican people.
Calle Tlaxcoaque 8, Downtown, Mexico City
These two artists gave color and identity to the walls of the Museum of Popular Cultures. Located in the southern neighborhood of Coyoacán, they created one of the best murals in the city, merging the artists’ characteristic styles; Sego’s signature insects and Saner’s unique masks. The result of this joint piece is therefore the artistic representation of two cultures. It merges their collaborative work, creating a collective concept that represents unity.
Av. Miguel Hidalgo 289, Coyoacán, Mexico City
At the border between the Roma and Doctores neighborhoods, you’ll find one of the city’s best murals: La Catrina, the iconic Lady Death. The creator was the English artist D*Face. He made the mural during the Dual Year UKMX2015 in collaboration with All City Canvas Global Series and the British Council.
The mural is located on one side of the Hotel Lisboa with D*Face’s signature mix of Pop Art and graffiti. In addition, the artist decided to portray the Catrina because his visit coincided with the celebration of the traditional Day of the Dead.
Avenida Cuauhtémoc 273, Roma Norte, Mexico City
On the corner of Álvaro Obregón and Insurgentes, you’ll find the amazing mural by the duo Interesni Kazki, entitled Icarus.
It is impossible not to turn to see it because of its tremendous size. The piece, located on one of the longest avenues in the world, depicts a kind of fallen angel that seems to roam above us. The mural is charged with a political message that many could interpret as the free fall of the Mexican government.
Insurgentes Sur 257, Roma Norte, Mexico City
In one of the corners of the city, four Mexican artists came together to create an amazing mural that represents the four seasons of the year on each of the walls of the buildings of the residential area.
They created a unique style on these buildings, a synched collaboration. Namely, the piece includes representations of fauna, flora, and colors depicting the seasons.
Vasco de Quiroga 1229, Santa Fe, Unidad Belén, Mexico City
As part of the 2012 All City Canvas Festival roster, the Valencian artist created a monumental piece on one the façade of one of the buildings in Tlatelolco.
The Chihuahua building where it’s located shows, in particular, two men in black suits facing each other, one of them grabbing the other by the flap; it would appear they were about to start a fight.
Although the true meaning of the mural has been a complete mystery, many assure that it related to the student killing of 1968 in Tlatelolco.
Edificio Chihuahua, Tlatelolco, Mexico City
Blu is one of the most important urban artists in the world. He has been able to maintain his identity anonymous for many years and created one of the most politically charged murals that’s ever been done in Mexico.
The piece is located on Paseo de la Reforma; it’s an interpretation of the Mexican flag, however, the colors of the flag are represented by the main problems that the country faces. The green color is made by US dollar bills. The center white color represents cocaine. Lastly, the red color is the blood of the thousands of people that have died due to the drug war.
The three elements of the mural are cloistered by an army —toy soldiers of some sort— leaving a clear and in-your-face message for the Mexican politicians.
Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas in the corner with Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City
One of the best and most renowned murals in the city was created by Retna on another of the buildings in Tlatelolco. The artist did his signature typography on one of the walls of the building, turning it into a gigantic canvas.
The mural entitled Escaleras al Sol (Stairway to the Sun) has been called one of the most beautiful murals in Mexico City because of its message: “We are the Sons of our Plumed Serpent. We will return to guide our soul, stretching a hand of peace, with tears in my eyes, I shed the dust from the sight we’ve lost, and I will return to my symbolic form, to land in the shadow of the Sun.”
Paseo de la Reforma 694, Tlatelolco, Mexico City
The best murals in Mexico City are also created by Mexicans. In this case it was Curiot who paid tribute to nature. In the piece, the artist used his classic characters that represent the organic matter, with autochthonous elements; little people carrying trees as a respectful offering.
Although he spent most of his life in the US, Mexican mysticism has been a great influence on his work, not only regarding his painting or technique, but the elements he frequently uses.
Frontera on the corner with Durango, Roma Norte, Mexico City
With the support of Mamutt and CAUCE Ciudadano, a few blocks from the Consulado subway station, Saner and Roa created a small mural that has become iconic around the world. Although the piece has been painted over and the fence where it was located restored, we still think it has to be included in this list.
The main character, created by Saner, holds the head of a bighorn sheep above his head, in turn, created by Roa. Saner’s iconic neomuralism and Roa’s dead animals were united for the first time in our country.
Oriente 85 on the corner with Norte 56, Siete de Noviembre neighborhood, Mexico City
In one of the streets with the busiest nightlife, the Italian artist Ericailcane left his mark, with a heavy political message. The mural shows little bunnies that are about to be devoured by a horrific-looking jaguar. The “small” detail that makes the difference is the band that one of the bunnies has on his arm with the number 43 on it, alluding to the 43 students that disappeared from Ayotzinapa in 2014.
Isabel la Católica on the corner of Regina, Historic Center, Mexico City
The artist Secreto Rebollo created a mural entitled “Madonna” that portrays a mother holding her child in her arms, a representation of maternity and the protection that a home provides in its highest form.
Its perfect technique and the position of the woman includes the viewer in the piece.
Cerrada Fray Servando 45, Tránsito, Mexico City
This is the third piece on the list of best murals in Mexico City by the Belgian artist, and just like in the last two, in this mural he shows us his iconic style through 8 different animals.
The black and white details as well as the composition of the animals, positioned one on top of the other, make this a remarkable piece, where the artist’s strokes and the details of the different animals’ feathers, hair and wool are so real.
Dr. Olvera 15, Doctores, Mexico City
In 2017, different artists intervened the San Vicente Mill; among them were Conor Harrington, Over Under and Nanook, who created two totally different and special murals, in an effort to create a national identity for the mill.
Conor Harrington created a mural that depicts his rebel style and pictorial dispersion, showing a character with colonial clothing that fades into the background.
On the other hand, Over Under and Nanook’s murals represented corn and the culture around it; a portrayal of the mills function: to process the corn for social consumption.
Santa Apolonia 19, San Francisco Tetecala, Mexico City
Sego began his artistic career on the Istmo de Tehuantepec, the largest region of the state of Oaxaca, located in southwestern Mexico, and has greatly evolved since.
During the first edition of the All City Canvas Festival, Sego created two astonishing murals on a wall of the W Hotel, in the posh neighborhood of Polanco, hence giving the place a different vibe with three distinct fish species, inspired on the natural environment and the wild fauna he grew up with.
To this day, the mural entitled Peceslevitantes en la ciudad (Levitating fish in the city) is one of the best murals in the city because of its style, location and politically charged message, displayed in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Mexico City.
Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, Mexico City
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