Near the end of 2008 I heard a rumor that someone was painting an extraordinary mural inside the foyer of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce building on Avenida Vallarta.
That someone turned out to be artist Jorge Monroy, whose gorgeous watercolors graced the Sunday edition of the newspaper El Informador for some 44 years. Since then I have followed Monroy’s career, as he created more and more magnificent murals at the Guachimontones Museum, the University of Guadalajara, the Jalisco Water Commission headquarters and the city’s Civil Hospital, just to name a few sites.
And last month I found myself back in the Cámara de Comercio with Monroy, looking at a now expanded 68-square-meter mural.
“The people in charge here really liked the three-panel mural I did 12 years ago and since there was a lot of space on both sides of it, they asked me to add a fourth panel,” Monroy told me a day after its February 11 dedication ceremony.
“This mural needs no explanation. I’m just inviting people to take a leisurely walk through the streets of Guadalajara,” the artist said.