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Gabriela Abud  –  Rio Apatlaco Morelos Mexico

The Apatlaco River is born from the melting snow of the POPOCATEPETL volcano. The river ends at the Zempoala Lagoons, in Huitzilac. The most contaminated area of the river is Cuernavaca zone, because of the garbage that people throw into the river. The water turns clean at the middle of the basin of the Apatlaco and flows across the recreational Chapultepec Park, but the pollution gets worse at the Emiliano Zapata sugar factory (Zacatepec) due to the molasses of the sugar cane that the factory throws into the river. We are fighting to warn people not to pollute the river APATLACO

Carla Elena  Name  –  Rio Lerma

The color gold symbolizes the natural wealth of the Lerma River, a long river of Mexico. Its constant movement, with the various forms it takes along its route becoming lake, pond, creek, and traveling tubes, is contained in dams supplying water or generating of electricity.

Its route includes the states of Mexico, Guanajuanto, Jalisco and Michoacan.

It serves as a source of electrical energy to Mexico City and provides potable water, used for irrigation, in the State of Guanajuato. In Jalisco it forms a majestic cascade. Most of its water is contaminated by being used as a channel for receiving waste in the cities and industrial zones of Toluca and Salamanca.

Graciela Ferreiro Robles  –  Rios Inernos  –  Internal Rivers

The River Palizada is in the city of de Campeche, Mexico. It is an arm of the river Usumacinta, a mighty and narrow river. A setting of great vegetation, it ends at the Gulf of Mexico.

Poem by the Artist:

Internal rivers
From the skin of emotions
An ocean of disbanded silences
The world:
A fragile, vulnerable, and fragmented body
The body:
A sick, tired, and fractured world
Who am I?
World, Body, and all
What are we?
Dirt of the stars, dirt and nothing more
I live and die for you
I live and die in you
Of sun, water, and earth
Of blood, skin, and tears
My internal rivers on top of the world’s skin
I sing and walk from my head to my feet
Infinite string that beats red and
Shows through the blue eyes
Water lives multicolor, beings —–
My rivers will dry no more.

Nane Wenhammar  –  Papagayo River

Papagayo River: The Papagayo is a river of the south of Mexico that passes through the southern center sector of the state of Guerrero in the South Pacific region. The river originates in the Sierra of Jalisco, south west of Chilpancingo, the capital of the administrative entity. Its course contains the same characteristics as many other rivers of this region. It has a small to medium length, and a route that travels across an abrupt landscape in which narrow and deep glens are carved.

The Papagayo receives along its tour the contributions of several tributaries. Distinctive among them is the Omitlan, a long river that connects with the Papagayo on its left side.

After slightly more than 200 km crossing north and south, the Papagayo River spills its waters to the Pacific Ocean across the “Encantada” beach, a place located in the region of the “Chlca” Coast, where three coastal lagoons are formed: Tres Palos Lagoon, Tacomate ( or San Marcos ) and Chautengo (or Nexpa ).

The July 3, 2009 issue of Jornada publishes the following note: “The executive director of the environmental organization Ecologic, Shaun Paul, alerted that if not attending the problems of pollution and deforestation that exist in the basin of the river Papagayo, the river will not last more than 20 years.”

Description of Work: The course of the Rio Papagayo ends in the Pacific Ocean. The water is brown due to the erosion of the earth. Every year in the rainy season I make a trip to see this river. Every year the amount of garbage left by people in the river increases. Chlorine bottles, plastics of all kinds, diapers, dead fish, etc. are found, thrown by the sea or ca

Cecelia Martner –  Rio Puaugue

This work has to do with the Puangue River in the town of Curacavi, between Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile. Having organized and participated before in the Children’s Art Project to rescue the Prangue River I wanted to show how this river which was green and alive, a place where its inhabitants could refresh and enjoy themselves, in the last few years has been destroyed little by little. The vegetation has been devastated, the river has been changed from its course, and it has been contaminated and converted into a garbage dump, lowering its water level to the minimum and possibly put into drainage pipes. With this graphic pictorial work I show how the children became sensitive and active to create consciousness among the community about their river.

My art has always been rooted in nature and in human nature. Mainly it has developed in Chile and Mexico. My main terms of expression are prints, paintings and stained glass.

Elizabeth Oropeza  –  Rio Papaloapan

The Papaloapan rises in the Sierra Madre Oriental on the border between the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. Its course takes it 122 km in a northeasterly direction before draining into Alvarado lagoon.

The cities of San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec (Oaxaca) and Tlacotalpan (Veracruz) are situated on the banks of the Papaloapan.

Martha Ortiz Sotres  –   Usumacinta (Palizada River)

The River Palizada is in the city of de Campeche, Mexico.  It is an arm of the river Usumacinta, a mighty and narrow river.  A setting of great vegetation, it ends at the Gulf of Mexico.

The painting symbolizes the great abundance of water.  The symbols of the water, the snail and the sun are in Mayan.

Marcela Herera  –  Rio Blanco (White River)

The White River is Now Red… Notice the degree of contamination by the affluent by the regional distilleries.

Tierra Blanca, Veracruz – The White River displays every major problem of contamination. As it moves away from Orizaba, it loses the clarity of its waters, smelling of vinasse and other byproduct residues of the Alcoholera del Valle (Valley Distillery), owned by Melchor Monterrosa with Deimiel Distillery, property of Eliel Garcia, in Cotaxtla.

The fauna itself has been lost and nobody around Tierra Blanca can remove water from its tributary to bathe and many drink minerals.

Only 300 meters from the Valley Distillery, two habitants of the Rio Blanco Freeway Bridge, declare that night and day they suffer from vertigo, like Mr. Catarino Perez Hernandez, who tells that “Often the water comes in yellow, stinks of oil. Sometimes it is a red or yellow color, smelling like burned coffee or sugar. Who knows what that is? Why ask the authorities? Nothing, nothing we have asked, the authorities do not pay attention to us.”

Due to the spill of 20 thousand liters of fuel in the Rio Blanca, the river could suffer severe damage.

Myriam dela Riva   –   Vida y Muezte II/ “Life and Death II” (Ecology Series)

Rio Magdalena

Strolling around Contreras, a Southern section of my beloved Mexico City, admiring the multiple murals of Master Ariosto Otero and enjoying a delicious and typical Mexican lunch, I was shocked looking at the Magdalena River.  It was full of junk…I remembered it clean and with rolling waters…it was a place cherished for its beauty.  What happened?  I wonder if we will continue destroying Nature?  Where are we going?  What are we doing to our home, the planet Earth?

Anabella Suinaga  –  Acrlyic with Sand Painting

Twenty years ago I used to go running with my kids near the river.  The water was so clean and nature was green.  It was a very pleasant track.

Today twenty years later, the water is polluted and the river filled with garbage.  It has all been destroyed.

Rio Magdalena Eslava – Gerda Hansberg

Magdalena & Eslava

The river Magdalena is the last living river of Mexico City.  It is the only river that has not been dammed.  Throughout time, it has provided us electricity, climate, weather, and fresh air.  This waterway has been a valuable source of water for the city.  It is 20 miles long; half is pristine and the rest meets heavy contamination in the urban area.  At this point, the fate of the river is unclear, but we can still do something to save it.


My works are the reflections of my inner and outer journeys to magical places.  Interwoven in the watercolor mosaic I create is my love of this magnificent planet and all of her creatures.  Watercolor is my main media, often augmented with collage of my own painted work, black india ink and pastel.

Inspiration can come from without or within.  Music provides some of the mood.  When I work from within, the first stroke on the paper with the brush often inspires the next.  The magic of watercolor as it flows and bursts into magical shapes inspires how the painting evolves.

Architecture, especially Eurepoean, has inspired many of my paintings.  I document my travels, having lived in France, and have spent a glorious summer in the enchanted city of Prague.  Other loves for subjects are Sedona, mountains, and nature.  I often work totally abstract, and love to paint lotuses and Eastern symbols, mythological beings, and mandalas.

I wish to convey joy, which I do though my use of color, and a glimmer of an awareness…like the experience of a beautiful flower, or an idyllic scene of nature.  My goal is to elevate the viewer to a place of beauty and harmony, and awareness of the present moment regardless of the subject (or not) that I paint.


Brainstorm by Arturo Elaias

Tributary of central Mexico Bajio Laja-feeding the Lerma-Santiago River one of the longest rivers, polluted by the country.

Most of the year remains dry in the bottom as in the high runoff is retained in the dam Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.  Population pours their sewage to the tank.

In the bottom or dry sands are exploited, the river  is in crisis. There are garbage dumps across the river, In the rainy season all that waste joins the polluted river Lerma-Santiago.

Policy is urgently needed sanitation and watershed conservation Bajio Laja – eight municipalities and three million people pollute.

Augustien Cervant

El Rio Tula by Albino Luna Sanchez

This river is part of the Panuco Hydrologic Region.  Its channel runs though the State of Hidalgo (central Mexico) and one of the communities that is crosses over by this natural stream of water is Tula de Allende, the river takes its name after this place, being also the great reverence of the well-known archeological site “Atlantes”.  Since the constructions of the drainage system (XVIII-XIX centuries) towards the northern side of the Basin of Mexico, the Tula River receives (both pluvial and fluvial) rainfall surplus that one day fed the lakes of this basin.

In my childhood, I personally knew the crystal clear waters of this river.  Its current was watering gardens and crops in several villages until then.  Unfortunately, with the urban growth, this river began to be used as an evacuation way of sewage and currently receives much of the waste water from Mexico City Metropolitan Area (which-by the way-is the region where I live).  This has caused high levels of biological and chemical pollution of its waters; due to both, domestic waste and industrial discharges in this area, which is (sad to say) among the most polluted zones in the country.  The problem is so serious that the detergent concentration creates a great amount of foam, which in some parts of its riverbed, is blown up to the roads by the wind.

Related to this issue, there are concerns that untreated water from this river path is used to irrigate vegetable gardens of which production supplies with vegetables to Mexico City.  This situation is an enormous risk to human health.

But, in the face of this impairment to the environment, man must intervene with all his intelligence, good will and power to mend this problem, before it is too late and this essential and unique source of life might be lost forever.

Sewage of by Angel Martinez

Lerma River is the base of integration to the exhibition Global Rivers.

Lerma River to cross many regions of the country, especially in Mexican State, where I live.

In this river exist environmental pollution of factories.  The drainages are continuous and abominables this is degrading because the river lost its beauty every day more.

The title of the work art painted in acrylic on canvas show us the immoral mind that bring about it like sewerage inais conduct.


  1. The painting entitled Rio Apatlaco Morelos Mexico by Gabriela Abud really sticks out to me as being one of the most touching paintings in the Global Rivers Art Show at Martin Methodist. This impressionist painting really shows the emotion and tradgedy that is felt throughout Mexico. The detail in this painting is just unreal and is very beautiful. You can look at the river and see the kids playing in it and see all the garbage lying around. There are many things that we can do to clean up these rivers and we need to start taking care of our resources. Protect our water!

    Comment by Ryan Jett — February 11, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  2. My favorite painting is the Rio Papaloapan by Elizabeth Oropeza. I like the use of the bright colors. Also the three dimensional effect attracts my eye, because the fish seem like they will swim off the page. This is one of the more cheerful paintings and i like it a lot.

    Comment by Shelby W. — March 7, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

  3. My favorite painting is Rio Apatlaco Morelos Mexico by Gabriela Adub. It really justifies the situation of pollution. I don’t understand why people would put such things in a RIVER! Also, the detail and colors of this painting is wonderful.
    -Mary Brown

    Comment by Mary Brown — September 23, 2010 @ 1:47 am

  4. All of these are fantastic! I would have to say my favorite, though, is the Rio Apatlaco Morelos Mexico. It is really moving how the painting seamlessly transforms from a beautiful scene to a pile of disgusting garbage in the corner of the painting.

    Comment by Cofie Toy — September 23, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  5. Good Choise Cofie. So glad to have you on board.

    Comment by admin — September 23, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

  6. Hi Mary,

    We have these paintings to serve as a voice for the worlds water. Thank you for your thought ful comment. Let’s go viral.

    Comment by admin — September 23, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

  7. My favorite painting is Elizabeth Oropeza – Rio Papaloapan.
    The child looks so happy. I wish all children in the word could experience the feeling of fresh and clean water.

    Comment by Student at MMC — September 24, 2010 @ 3:04 am

  8. All of this painting are beautiful and interesting. My favorites are Elizbeth Oropeza-Rio Papaloapan and Marcela Herera-Rio Blanco (White River). The painting Rio Papaloapan is very cute and the child and the fish look so happy. Rio Blanco (White River) is very beautiful and interesting because it shows that not all river get cleaned and evently the animals and land will start to die.

    Comment by Sabrina Bowles — September 24, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  9. The Rio Papaloapan is my favorite painting out of this group. It has such a clean and lifely look to it!

    Comment by Chae' Ellis — September 24, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  10. Chae, So many people feel connected to this work. It remeinds me of the fact that we must speak up for the water so that little children like this can have the joy of playing in a sparkeling creek in the generations to come.

    Comment by admin — September 25, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  11. Thanks for your comments , Sabrina.

    Comment by admin — September 27, 2010 @ 12:58 am

  12. by far some of the best are mexicos paintings I love everyone of them really just blunt, highly colorful, and plane emotional! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Comment by Summer Brown — September 27, 2010 @ 7:14 am

  13. Mexicos rivers are magnificent. I hope they can save the few that still exist! El Rio Tula is my favorite one out of the many. I like it because it shows it’s pureness. The water is so clean. It almost feels like your underwater looking.

    Comment by Lindsey Jennings — September 27, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

  14. The Rio Papaloapan is my favoriate of these paintings. I like it cause it is so peaceful and calm. The little boy reminds me of my brother playing in the water trying to catch fish.

    Comment by Jodi Miller — October 1, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

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    Comment by rachat credits — November 4, 2010 @ 10:19 am

  17. Estimadas: yo estoy participando en la exposición con una obra en esta sección de México, me pusieron el nombre de:Cealia Montnev – Rio Puaugue, está mal!!! Yo me llamo CECILIA MARTNER , y es el RIO PUANGUE. Agradecería si lo corrigieran, gracias y espero su respuesta, saludos, Cecilia

    Comment by Cecilia Martner — December 13, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  18. Whoops Ok Cecilia I’ll get the web master to change that as soon as possible so sorry!

    Comment by admin — December 16, 2010 @ 1:40 am

  19. Perdoname, porque esto no es un comento. ?Se pueda mandar una mensaje a la senora Albino Luna Sanchez tocante al rio Tula?

    Querida Sra Luna Sanchez, ?Corre este rio por la ciudad de Apaxco? Sabe algo tocante a un “ponzanco profundo” en el region del rio? Sahagun, Libro 11, dice que habia un lugar llamado Apazco Santiago donde quando “crece la laguna, crece el” en los tiempos ante la conquista. Estoy especialista en cosas aztecas and quiero saber qualquier cosa sobre este asunto!
    Atentamente, Emily Umberger, Profesora, Universidad de Arizona

    Me gusta mucho su pintura, tambien!

    Comment by Emily Umberger — July 28, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

  20. My name is Crystal Childress and I am a student of Mrs. Davidson. Her class is my first experience in any kind of artwork in my entire life. She has showed me that I do have the capablilty to be creative and I never realized I bestowed this gift. My favorite paintings from above are the Rio Papaloapan and the El Rio Tula. The Rio Papaloapan reminds me of my childhood and playing in the river near my grandfathers farm. We always enjoyed going to the river and I would love for my children to also share those memories one day as well. The El Rio Tula reveals the amazing clear waters that are natural and unharmed. The waters we have enjoyed growing up should remain clear and beautiful enough to see our hands transparently and not destroyed by pollution.

    Comment by Crystal Childress — March 12, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

  21. I love the painting Rio Blanco (White River) by Marcelo Herera. I think its absolutly beautiful how the artist uses a woman to represent the river. Her facial expression provokes a sense of empathy and i love the use of mask to represent the industrial polution. This paintin is both stunning and thought provokingly deep

    Comment by Samantha Fitzgerald — March 12, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  22. The painting of the Rio Lerma is very descriptive. It shows the beauty and the hurt behind the river.

    Comment by Rose Gordon — March 13, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

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