New Mural at La Biblioteca
By Sandra Rios
The Urban Art Workshop students are painting a new wall at La Biblioteca. The workshop took place last month under the direction of teacher Francisco Vega, who is also supervising the mural. The twelve participating students, whose range in age between 11 and 25, learned to develop sketches and use stencils, aerosol, and mixed media. The theme of the mural is “Knowledge as Universal Power,” an idea that arose through several discussions with the students. They first did the sketch, which they are now reproducing on the wall. “Each of them represents his or her personality through painting, so some of them are painting traditional images talking about the roots of Mexican culture, and others have more futuristic ideas,” says Vega. This mural is the first of many that will be painted. It will be displayed on the wall for three months; after that, it will be removed, leaving the wall available for local artists or outsiders. “Before deleting each mural, we are going to take a picture of it to be exposed at La Biblioteca as a record,” said Vega, who thanked La Biblioteca for accepting the proposal to give the workshop, as well as the organizations and companies who sponsored the workshop for their support: San Miguel Siempre Hermoso, Muros en Blanco, IMAJSMA (Instituto Muncipal de Atención a la Juventud), IMJUVE (Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud), Grafitti Inc., Hotel Matilda, and Pinturas Doal, which made it possible for the workshops to be free for the students.
Student Damaris Yesenia Camargo, 15, remarked, “To me, it is something new. I was already a painter; I learned here at La Biblioteca. I was invited to the graffiti workshop and learned a new technique, which I really like.” Damaris is painting a Catrina carrying a book in her hands.
Alejandro Omar Cortez, 16, said, “I had already practiced graffiti before, and Professor Vega invited me to participate in this workshop; I accepted in order to get more practice and improve my techniques, as well as to have a place to express my ideas.” Omar painted a nopal, a maguey, and four corn ears representing the seasons, with the idea that the diversity of plants emerges from the same land.