El Mero Muro

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.

Current

Equidad

Oct. 30, 2021 – Aug. 30, 2022

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.”

The Ofrenda

Oct. 31, 2021 – Aug. 30, 2022

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.

Lead to Live

Apr. 8, 2022 – Aug. 30, 2022

AAmado 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.

past

Somos Historia

Sep. 1, 2021 – Mar. 30, 2022

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.”