Past Mero Muro Murals

About El Mero Muro Program

The Mexic-Arte Museum’s El Mero Muro is a mural program located on the exterior wall of the building on 5th St. and Congress Avenue. Conveying powerful messages of relevant social issues, the outdoor murals of the Museum are in a unique and highly visible area of downtown Austin. Hundreds of vehicles pass by this busy corner of downtown Austin per day, including high volumes of pedestrians who walk past the Museum and its murals. To better attract the viewing public, the Museum commissions artists to create impactful murals using striking images and bilingual messaging. The murals “speak” in words and visual imagery to provoke ideas, address contemporary issues, and generate interest in the community, and also to welcome the public to visit the Museum.

dreamin’ of Xochitlalpan

Sep. 26, 2022

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.

Lead to Live

Apr. 8, 2022

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.

The Ofrenda

Oct. 31, 2021

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.

Somos Historia

Oct. 30, 2021

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.”


Oct. 30, 2021

Alonso Estrada aka The Death Head, Equidad, Acrylic – “This mural has the purpose of showcasing and representing equity. In education, the term equity refers to the principle of fairness. For years people have been discussing the ways equity can provide our society a way of getting an essential benefit in life, which means everyone can get the same resources.”

Tu Dolor es Nuestro Dolor

Oct. 1, 2020

The Tu Dolor es Nuestro Dolor, mural pays tribute to Latinx/a/o deaths due to COVID-19, on our museum wall facing 5th St, Christin Apodaca traveled from El Paso to Austin to create the mural for Mexic-Arte’s annual ELA exhibition.


Sep. 1, 2020

As part of the ELA 26: Intersección: Choque & Alivio / Intersection: Shock and Relief a new mural has been commissioned for Mexic-Arte Museum’s 5th street mural wall by Austin artists Sadé Lawson and Niz.

Echale Carino

Apr. 1, 2019

Varenka Ruiz and Christian Castañeda collaborated to create a mural on our 5th street wall. The artwork was done in conjunction with the recent CDMX Art show which spotlighted the contemporary art scene in Mexico City

Gracias a la Vida

Oct. 9, 2018

The Gracias a la Vida, mural is the latest addition to the #ElMeroMuro Project at Mexic-Arte Museum. Diego Mireles Duran and José Luis Sanabria painted an alebrije-themed mural for the Museum’s annual Viva la Vida festival.

Por la Boca Muere El Pez

Jun. 1, 2018

This mural, titled “Por la Boca Muere El Pez”, is part of the “El Mero Muro Project by Gil Rocha. This colorful mural was inspired by the struggle of the Mexican-American border crossing of illegal immigrants.


Feb. 2, 2018

JFC jellyfish Colectivo and LosDos explore the bicultural experience—the meeting of worlds—from their perspectives de la frontera.

We are all Mexico

Mar. 10, 2017

Artist Héctor “Reez” Ruiz, part of the Mexico City’s Mercadorama Collective, joined #ElMeroMuro with a bold vision, in conjunction with Casa Mexico during SXSW.

Juegala Fria (Keep It Cool Austin)

Nov. 16, 2016

Juegala Fria (Keep It Cool Austin),Is one of the museum’s featured new 5th Street Murals. Sponsored by the City of Austin’s Cultural Expansion Program. These murals will remain on display until the end of August.

Tengo un Nopal en la Frente

Oct. 24, 2016

Translating to I Have a Cactus On My Face; slang for “Yes, I am Mexican,” Tengo el Nopal en la Frente the Museum featured three new exciting additions to its 5th Street Mural Billboards sponsored by the City of Austin’s Cultural Expansion Program. workshops with community members and guests.

Todos Son Bienvenidos

Jun. 3, 2016

The Todos son Bienvenidos , is one of the eight murals brought to Mexic-Arte this year. The phrase of “todos son Bienvenidos,” meaning “all are welcome,” to refer to different types of people having access to creative spaces that are welcoming, such as Mexic-Arte Museum.

Standing Juntos

Jun. 2, 2016

The Standing Juntos, mural is composed of hundreds of post-it notes messages to Standing Rock, gathered over 3 workshops with community members and guests.

Calmar la Mente

Mar. 30, 2016

Born and raised in Austin, Briar Bonifacio is a self-taught muralist and graphic artist whose artwork adorns some of the most popular spots in the city. Largely inspired by cartoon-like imagery, the subjects of Bonifacio’s artworks are usually inanimate objects with human characteristics. Bonifacio’s use of characters multiple times in different artworks gives his artwork a recognizable personality.