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Ariosto Otero Reyes


Ariosto Otero Reyes is among the most recognized Mexican muralists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Best known in Mexico, and especially in Mexico City, his work has been well-received in Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Guatemala.

In 2014, Mexico City's Legislative Assembly recognized Otero for no fewer than 26 major public works that have significantly contributed to the visual culture of the City.

Otero Reyes graduated from the San Carlos National Academy of Art. He studied engraving, serigraphy, lithography, bronze sculpture, and mural painting.

His first public mural  was painted at the Municipal Palace of Amecameca, in Mexico State in 1980. He completed another in the same year in the San Carlos Academy. Since then, his work has appeared, especially across the south and west of Mexico City. His work appears in four different stations of the Mexico City Metro.

In the artist's own words:

Muralism is an expression through which awareness is created in all fields, and from it, ideas can emerge to stop a new holocaust. The muralists of today must take into account and with more force, the events that have come to pass. The cold war is over, but the aggression of the economy and the exploitation of man by man is a shady method that is creating a new slavery.

Otero has also continued the tradition of using muralism to position art within a political context. He's been a frequent critic of Mexico's political problems, which earned him some disfavor in the past. He's also been a major activist in favor of preserving and protecting existing, significant murals in the city and in the country.

He founded the Asociación Civil Creadores del Arte Público and has served as president of the Latin American Union of Muralists and Creators of Monumental Art. He's also frequently spoken in favor of the defense of water resources and in favor of muralism as "a public work, of the people."

The listings below are intended to help you find more of his works in and around the city, and hopefully to appreciate the subjects and circumstances involved with the works' creation.

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