“They are all very Mexican.
Some are very white, some are very black,” says Alex De Leon, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
“They’re all very different.”
This isn’t just the case for Latinos and blacks in particular.
De Leon and other experts say there are differences in the ways people paint the cityscape, and that in many places, they’re painting on the blacker side of the spectrum.
Here are 10 places in the U.S. where Mexican street art is more prevalent than its white counterparts.
Albuquerque, New Mexico The Albuquerque area has been the home of many Mexican street artists for more than a century, but its residents are less likely to see themselves in the city’s colorful mural scenes.
Instead, it’s the Mexican population that’s the focus of the mural art in the area.
“Mexican street artists are really just about the people, not the place,” says De Leon.
“There’s a lot of people who are Mexican-American who aren’t involved in the mural world.”
Some of those Mexican muralists, like Juan Carlos Lopez, paint murals with a more urban feel, with their eyes drawn to the horizon, and their work frequently featured in galleries and other spaces.
Lopez says his work is about the struggle for respect and dignity in his country, and he sees the mural artists in Albuquerque as the heroes of the city.
“People are trying to be creative and take on a position of dignity and respect in the face of racism, sexism, and discrimination,” Lopez said.
Los Angeles The city of Los Angeles has long been home to the mural community, but the murals of the late 20th century have seen an uptick in popularity in recent years.
The mural movement, which originated in Los Angeles, has seen artists like Carlos Dominguez, who has painted murals in the Central Park West neighborhood for decades, and Jose Torres, who is the most prominent Mexican muralist in Los Angles, paint on a more contemporary and contemporary style.
Torres, an award-winning artist, was born in Mexico and is Mexican American.
“The mural community has really become a very prominent part of the art world in the United States,” says Torres, whose work can be found on walls all over Los Angeles.
New York City The mural art scene has exploded in the last few years, with artists from Mexico, Central America and Asia taking over the streets of New York.
These murals are seen in New York, New York’s Central Park, the Flatiron District, Times Square and Times Square Park, and the Upper West Side, among others.
“It’s amazing that the mural is taking over,” says Mónica Barrientos, a senior lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and Design at NYU.
“I mean, who can forget the New York skyline?”
Barrient, who grew up in Mexico City, says that the graffiti, street art and graffiti-like murals have become increasingly popular in the neighborhood.
“If you’re looking for an art scene to go to, New Yorks is one of the places to go,” she says.
Denver A new mural, called “The City,” by Spanish artist Jose Antonio Salazar, has been popping up in the Denver area for years.
Salazar’s work focuses on the issues facing the city, from homelessness to police brutality.
Salaza, who also paints murals on the Colorado River in Boulder, Colorado, says he has been trying to get the city to take more action against climate change and the effects of fracking.
“In the last two years, I’ve seen a lot more murals around the city,” he says.
“A lot of them are just like this very, very small one.
It’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’re in the middle of a climate crisis.
Let’s do something.'”
Salazar has also painted murages in the streets near Denver International Airport, where he works as a muralist.
San Diego The San Diego area has long had its own colorful mural scene.
But over the last year, artists have been doing murals that are much more urban, featuring people of color and using graffiti, graffiti-style, as well as other materials.
In San Diego, it seems that the more graffiti you paint, the more attention you’re paying to the subject matter, says Ruben Gonzalez, a professor of history at San Diego State University.
“With the graffiti and graffiti culture, you’ve got to be careful, because it can be very negative and very ugly.”
Gonzalez, who’s also a mural artist, says people are drawn to murals because of their color.
“So when you paint in a color that’s not necessarily associated with that culture, it gives you an extra level of authenticity,” he said.
Phoenix The city’s murals, especially in downtown Phoenix, have been seen as a stepping stone to getting the city