Discover the art of Mexico. Mexican art, with its illuminating color and form, is one of the most vibrant and engrossing parts of Mexico's varied culture.
There is a wealth of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern art throughout Mexico's museums, on display in public areas and its abundance of indigenous architecture. Mexican art, with its illuminating color and form, is one of the most vibrant and engrossing parts of Mexico's varied culture.
The origins of Mexican art lie in the first civilizations such as the Olmecs and Mayans, who's striking stone sculptures depicted deities, animals and human figures. The Mayan's are renowned for producing some of the most significant and outstanding art in Mexico's history. The Aztecs too have formed an integral part of Mexico's art culture, with their harsh and dramatic representations portraying Gods, skulls and mythology.
Colonization saw the eradication of indigenous cultures and had a heavy impact on the direction of Mexican artists. Art was initially sponsored and controlled by the church, and so subject matters were closely linked to European concepts and religious ideas. While European techniques and forms were imported for some time, Mexican art began to develop its own distinctive style over the years.
The years before the revolution saw Mexican artists distance themselves from Europe, and focusing on socially conscious art, highlighting injustices, and catalyzing a long tradition in Mexican art culture of political and social subversion.
Muralism forms a fundamental part of post-revolutionary Mexican art history. The government promoted public art, that was free and accessible to all, and which can still be spotted throughout Mexico City. 'La Ruptura' is another group of Mexican artists whose urban exploration and abstract expressionism who initiated waves of future experimentation.
Today Mexican art is considered to be a very important aspect of cultural heritage that is continually promoted.