15527 MADISON AVE, LAKEWOOD, OH 44107
About the Mural:
Located at Barrio in Lakewood, OH – Mexican history. Beauty. Acceptance. The artist, Michael McNamara (“Mac”), wanted to create a mural that expressed diversity, hint on the taco restaurant’s inspiration, and pay homage to his late friend’s mother.
The design includes a colorful flora background inspired by artist Carlos Rolón, who has Puerto Rican roots and explores elements of craft, ritual, beauty, and spirituality in his work. The colorful background is in stark contrast to the black and white image of Frida Kahlo; the focus of the mural. Kahlo was a Mexican artist known for self-portraits. Her work is inspired by nature and Mexico’s pop culture, while it questions issues of identity, gender, class, and race.
Mac dedicated this mural to his best friend’s mom, Ophilia. Ophilia has always been like a second mom to Mac. At 92 years old, she’s still a vibrant, strong woman of Mexican descent. Ophilia’s philosophy on life is simple. Her advice to all is: “Never smoke, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and only drink when it’s free. Mac cherishes his relationship with his late friend’s mom and dedicated this mural to her.