Mexican Murals - La Familia Burrón in the Center

in art •  2 months ago 

A few days ago I a came across another cool mural. This time it is nowhere near where I live, but in the historic city-center of Mexico City. The exact location is the small and unassuming Calle Regina (between Mesones and San Jerónimo, and just off the corner from the major street Isabel la Catolica), which has been declared a pedestrian-only street. As such it offers a welcome relief from the noisy and dirty motorist traffic that dominates most other streets. Apart from the typical cafes and ice-cream shops that flourish in these pedestrian environments, this street has another neat attraction to offer: a mural of the Burrón Family.

Iconic Cartoon Characters

Created by Gabriel Vargas in the 1940's, La Familia Burrón enjoys huge popularity among Mexicans of all ages. Portraying a typical family living in the Mexican capital, the Burrón family have come to represent what many people consider Mexicanness in all its multifaceted forms, including the resourcefulness and stupidity of its members. Quite similarly to The Simpsons, the stories and characters are so life-like that many people recognize themselves and each other in them, giving them a chance to laugh at themselves.

Both cartoons are also marked by a diverse number of characters who make regular appearances, thus weaving a multi-colored backdrop to every story. Another similar characteristic for both cartoons is that even though they spend years and even decades experiencing many turns in their world, all of the characters are timeless, always staying the same age. However, unlike their famous American counterparts, the Burróns appear exclusively in print media, and have been around for a good half a century longer than The Simpsons.

The wall the mural is painted on surrounds a so called "garden", which is supposedly a park, but due to its shortage of plants I'd say a playground is a much more appropriate designation. Right next to the entrance the mural shows a large list of names of individuals and organizations that contributed to realizing this project.

The mural is a take on another very famous Mexican mural, the Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central) by Diego Rivera. For those who are interested, the original can be seen in the Diego Rivera Museum, located only a few blocks away, next to the Alameda park.

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Really love to see community murals... they add such life and colour and simple, subliminal messages to our day to day. I really liked the sense of community music from your last image. :) Fun and positive - we need more of that!! When you make it to Chiang Mai, we shall go on a mural crawl, as we have an active arts program putting some really fabulous asian murals up all over the place. :)

Hey, @stortebeker.

I think I recognize some of these characters from being inside a Mexican shop a time or two where they sold comics. :) I don't know any of them, but i guess that's a testament to just how widespread they are, since I would have seen them in either California or Oregon.

That mural is huge, and it looks like it took a lot of man hours to produce. But visual art has always been a way to preserve history, so as long as its allowed to stay there, it can serve as a reminder of those characters and the shared behaviors and personalities that the Mexican culture shares.

I think if we spent more time on introspection, and poking fun at those idiosyncrasies we all have, we'd see a better world emerge from it.


Oh yes, it's just like with the Simpsons... even before you've seen an episode, you must have seen Bart Simpson on a T-shirt or Homer on a poster somewhere. With the burróns it's just the same. First I just saw them, then recognized them, finally I wanted to find out who these red-nosed characters were... eventually I saw a whole wall full of them!
I think this mural is going to stay for quite a while. I once wrote a post about Respected and Less Respected Paintings, and how certain murals are immune from being painted over, simply by what they depict. I think this one could be one of those. As you can see, the paint isn't the freshest either, but there is no graffiti tag on it anywhere.