Saber in QuerJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 03 Dec 2008
One of the most prolific writers today, Saber obviously went down to paint and he definitely left a mark on the Mexican landscape. “I spent four days straight painting two different pieces in two different locations,” he writes. “I decided to use buff paint primarily, instead of all spray to show people to some new techniques.” Read what else Saber has to say about his trip South of the border below...
I recently visited Mexico for the event “Estilo Libre”. The event begins in Santiago de Queretaro, continues in Mexico City, and ends in Monterrey. Unfortunately I could only attend Queretaro.
We flew into Mexico City and then drove 3 hours north to Santiago de Queretaro.
Downtown Queretaro is a beautiful old, well-preserved, Spanish colonial town. With cobble stone streets, beautifully hand-carved large wood doors, court yards in almost every building, and interesting street vendors on every corner. We stayed in a two hundred year old hotel called the Hotel Hidalgo that was a history professor’s dream with all the notable people that had stayed there.
Queretaro was a very important city during the Mexican Independence movement and has many statues, monuments, and historically preserved buildings commemorating that. Today it is becoming the international business capitol of the country.
But obviously I was there to paint and meet other like minds. I spent four days straight painting two different pieces in two different locations. I decided to use buff paint primarily, instead of all spray to show people to some new techniques.
Everywhere we went there seemed to be some sort of painting project in process. All over the city there are new community centers being built, from small neighborhood spaces to huge community centers that can accommodate the entire city. It was very impressive, and you can sense there is more importance placed on introducing and including youth into art projects like murals.
Throughout the years I’ve visited Mexico many times and these kids are getting better and better. There is endless wall space and the writers are very focused. I would say that in the near future Mexico will become an important painting destination for the rest of the world.
I met some genuine people and some strong writers in Mexico. Queretaro is a mellow place and I love how important the history is to citizens. Most of my experiences on this trip were positive, (minus the five-animal meattorta).
Thank you to No Limit, SF Crew. Mibe, Humo, Baht, Seta, Borra, Chino, Aliaz, and anyone else I forgot.