As part of the ELA 26: Histories of Transformation / Historias de Transformación a new mural has been commissioned by the San Antonio based muralist Kat Cadena for Mexic-Arte Museum’s 5th street mural wall. This mural focuses on the Náhuatl flowering land Xochitlalpan.
Amado Castillo III and Amado Castillo IV Lead to Live , depicts a tri-colored background reminiscent of the Mexican flag. An ever-growing Austin skyline on the left green section is shown with prominent construction cranes that take up as much space as each iconic building.
Alonso and Gus Estrada and Jenn Contreras, The Ofrenda Mural, Acrylic, 42’ x 14‘ – This colorful mural depicts a family setting up an ofrenda – a table of offerings- featuring food and treats for deceased family members. In the background, the deceased line up to receive their offerings, pan de muerto, tamales, candies, fruits, beverages and other treats. At the top of the painting, calaveras can be seen participating in the festivities. symbolizing the cycle of life and death.
Luis Abreux, Somos Historia, 2021, Acrylic, 15’2” x 29’ 3” – “My mural is a historical portrait. The satirical style in my work reinforces the theatrics of life and how the most valuable things are relative- like the lives exchanged for gold 500 years ago.”