“Wow! This tour exceeded expectations due to our wonderfully informative guide. We were delighted to learn the little details of Frida and Diego’s life that really gave us insight beyond what we have all read.”
Born and raised in Mexico City, Julio Pastor is a proud pedestrian of his native city. He completed a BA in Fine Arts at UNAM. In 2008, he moved to the Netherlands where he completed his MFA, specializing in the Urban Landscape. After seven years, he returned to Mexico and turned the focus of his art production to the city that he roams every day. His art production is thoroughly inspired on what he encounters during his everyday walks, but also by a great deal of reading on topics related to architecture and urbanism. When not working at his art practice, Julio can be found teaching undergraduate drawing courses in the architecture department at the Universidad Iberoamericana, or enjoying the city with his wife and two children.
Natalia is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but chose Mexico as her home and her field of research. During her 'Production and Patterns' degree at SENAI/Cetiqt in Rio, much of her studies focused on arts and costume to complement her research on Frida Kahlo. She soon decided to enter a second degree in 'Costume Design and History of Arts' to study more about the Mexican muralist movement and modern art. During her years of research about Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican art, she completed a number of academic publications and presentations about her unique vision of Fridas's world: her clothes. In 2014 she officially moved to CDMX after finishing her final project on the Tehuantepec dress. Alongside being a Context expert, Natalia has worked as studio manager of Carla Fernandez, a Mexican artist and fashion designer. Now she is completing both a degree in teaching and another in Mexican Studies at UNAM.
Rodrigo Farias is an artist born and raised in Mexico City. He started painting from a very early age and then majored in Visual Arts at Mexico´s Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda” as well as Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Although focused on painting he is also a musician and an essayist. He has long been a student and a fan of the popular traditions and culture of his country. In his work he renews representation and figurative painting by incorporating elements from Mexico´s rich Rotulista (signpainter) tradition, from the world of Comics and punk illustration (underground comics such as the Spanish La Comictiva and the Mexican El Gallito comics magazines being a particularly important influence on him) and from the Bad Painting movement. His work ponders the disappearance of the subject and the worrying emergence of a post-human world, as well as the complex relationship between word and image, and between what is known and what is unknowable.
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National Museum of Anthropology and Aztec Sun Stone (Calendar Stone)
Roma Neighborhood, Condesa Neighborhood, Parque Mexico, and Roma Market
Bellas Artes Museum, Zócalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, and Palacio Nacional