A New Street Art Movement in Cancun


Cancun is welcoming an array of street artists set to transform its public spaces through a vibrant street art movement.

New colorful murals have already started to emerge on Cancun’s street walls and abandoned residential areas.

The first stage of the project began at the end of February and includes the transformation of four buildings, two located in downtown Cancun and the other two in the city’s hotel zone.

This initial phase is currently being completed by many artists from all over the world, including Celeste Byers from the United States, Aaron Glasson from New Zealand, and Interesni Kazki from Ukraine.

During the upcoming months, the movement intends to continue transforming more buildings around the city.

The project is expected to enter its second phase from July 2-10, in which eight additional buildings will be transformed into works of art.

A mural by Interesni Kazki.

“We are excited and honored to welcome this wonderful new art movement,” said Lizzie Cole, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “Cancun is proud to offer both visitors and locals alike the opportunity to enjoy these unique art pieces, which perfectly align with the city’s fresh vibe and vibrant personality as well as its current environmental conservation efforts.”

These murals not only reflect the culture of Cancun’s surrounding communities, but they also portray important topics such as the benefits of ecotourism and ocean conservation in the region.

A mural by Marisol Estrabeau.

The paintings showcase the unique style and vision of each artist, while drawing in thousands of tourists and locals to enjoy this approach to environmental conservation awareness.

This urban street art project is currently being sponsored and led by government agencies such as the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, Comité de Imagen Urbana de Cancún and Proyecto Panorama.

Also, the artists are donated their own time to assist with the completion of these murals.

These public works of art are expected to become cultural city landmarks in the future, bringing in an influx of visitors and new residents to the area.

— Dana Niland, CJ Contributor