With the 2019 Engage Art Contest underway, we’ve expanded our scope to include Mexico and the entire Americas in the contest. To celebrate this expansion, we’ll be highlighting some impressive creations from those countries. Enjoy some beautiful creations from Mexico!

Museo Soumaya, Ciudad de México | Fernando Romero

Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA

The Museo Soumaya is interesting because not only is it a beautiful piece of art, but it actually contains art! It’s a well-known museum located in the heart of Mexico City and includes over 50,000 works. The building was designed by Fernando Romero and only recently opened in 2011. By 2015, the number of visitors eclipsed 5 million, which meant it was the most popular and visited private museum in the entire world.

Paricutín , ca. 1943 | Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl)

Photo by Luisalvaz

This painting, crafted by Gerardo Murillo, also known as Dr. Atl, depicts the famous cinder cone volcano that can be found in Michoacán, which is 200 miles west of Mexico City. Famously erupting from 1943 to 1952, Gerardo loved the outdoors, particularly the study of volcanoes. He even wrote a book about it in 1950! He was known not just as a prolific painter but as a volcano expert. He received the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor in 1956.

El Caballito | (Sebastián)

Photo by Rotatebot

Now that’s architecture! This towering sculpture is over 90 feet tall and resides in Mexico City. Originally constructed and dedicated in 1992 by the creator known as Sebastián, it’s still standing today. Sebastián was well known for his steel and concrete work in Mexico and other parts of the world. In fact, his over 200 creations can be found all over the world, even in Japan! He received his first award while still in school in 1965, placing first in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas annual exhibition.

Mexico lindo y querido | Jorge Negrete

Jorge Negrete is known as an incredibly brilliant icon and is still revered by the Mexican culture today. This song, “Mexico Lindo y Querido,” is often regarded as the second national anthem of Mexico, achieving such fame over its lifetime. It’s a sincere serenade to the country of Mexico and speaks of such pride for the beautiful country! Jorge enjoyed a successful career that included both music and film. He has an extensive list of movies that he either starred in or appeared in; 44 films in all!

Viva La Vida | Frida Kahlo

Photo by DormArt

Painted by famous Mexican artist, Frida, Kahlo, Viva La Vida Watermelons is very popular and yes, even inspired the title to Coldplay’s famous song with the same title. For Frida, it symbolized life. Notably, it meant to inspire a celebration of life, even as we endure much strife and many troubles. Known to have a very troubling life full of pain and suffering, this is rumored to be the very last painting she created before dying just a few days later. Such a celebration facing such hardship!