The Embassy of Mexico got a vibrant splash of colour over the weekend!
Renowned Mexican street-artist Senkoe, stopped by to paint three colourful ‘ajolote’, beautiful, whimsical creatures of Mexican fauna, on the driveway wall at the Embassy in New Delhi.
“The word ‘ajolote’ comes from the Nahuatl axolotl <a-tl + xólo-tl, and is a type of salamander endemic to Mexico. Its name can mean “water monster” or a “water dog”, both associated with the Aztec god Xolotl, brother of Quetzalcoatl. The word is associated with movement, life and transformation. I chose the idea of painting the ‘ajolotes’ precisely because of the concept they represent, and because it is a very Mexican animal. In addition, the colours and patterns inspired by the textiles of different Mexican regions are present in the mural.”, explains Senkoe.
Earlier this month, Senkoe was involved in a project to paint the outer façade of the Arjan Garh metro station in Gurgaon, and a few public spaces in villages of Himachal Pradesh and Kathmandu, Nepal.
He will next be giving a makeover to the official vehicle of Ambassador Melba Pría – the auto-rickshaw, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 at 5:00 pm.
You are welcome to meet the artist, Senkoe, at the Embassy of Mexico, and watch him in action as he gives finishing touches to the ajolote wall mural. He will also be available for an interaction on Wednesday afternoon, before he heads to JNU for the auto re-design.
Senkoe’s artwork, arises from two principal sources: pre-Hispanic art and the dream world, reminding us that both come from the same origin, pure creation. The state of enlightenment where all the talking, drawing or painting is a master piece. In this way, his graphical retakes the delirium of the Mexican textiles – shapes and colours – and the memories of a fading dream world.
Another of his inspiration sources are the botanical illustrations, literature, comics, cartoons, nature and the sea. From them, Senkoe creates anthropomorphic characters, creatures of the unconscious, animals that come to live; they fly, rest and travel along a monstrous and beautiful Mexican identity. These elements constitute what may be called a narrative graffiti that lives in the global anonymity filling our streets. As a result, his work stimulates the passer’s imagination with a kind of animal reverie.
This artist started to paint in the streets about 10 years ago. He has collaborated with brands like Converse, Illegal Squad and TV channels such as EXA TV and HBO. He has also been in street art festivals, collective art and graphic exhibitions around the country and as a sensitizer in teaching-related graffiti activities in marginalized populations.
Senkoe studied Pedagogy in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) but at the same time he took some graphic design courses and art workshops in the San Carlos Academy. Nowadays, he is dedicated full-time in paint interventions as part of interdisciplinary projects for the recovery of public spaces.