Street art of Oaxaca

Oaxacan street art Mexico
Oaxacan street art Mexico

Mexico has a long history of political instability and a consequent mistrust of leaders by the populace. A recent change of President has done nothing to assuage this and in fact there is widespread fear surrounding the immediate future. One wall in Oaxaca proudly sports graffiti stating, in English, “Welcome to the city of defiance”, and here, in this capital city of one of the country’s poorest states, there is tangible distaste for the rulers hundreds of miles away in Mexico City, real fears that poverty will intensify, and a determination to preserve the rights of the individual indigenous tribes.

Whilst here we have seen no aggression, no public activist behaviour. Instead, the defiance, and the socio-political commentary, is displayed in the form of incredibly good street art, adorning the walls of many old buildings, depicting scenes of oppression and pride in origin in the most imaginative and artful ways. The works are truly brilliant, there must be some serious talent here. What an amazing way to express your views. Just look at these examples…

Oaxacan street art Mexico

Oaxacan street art Mexico

Oaxacan street art

Oaxacan street art Mexico

Oaxacan street art Mexico

Oaxacan street art Mexico