San Antonio man’s passion for painting has earned him praise, prominence

‘If These Walls Could Talk’: Roger Maximo’s murals cover the map across San Antonio

Local artist Roger Maximo uses his talents to paint murals all across the city.

SAN ANTONIO – He didn’t quite know where he would end up, but Roger Maximo knew at an early age that painting would be part of his plan.

“I think I’ve always painted on canvases,” he said recently, reflecting on his past. “Then I started spray-painting on walls, painting murals.”

Now, painting murals is mostly what he does — all over the city.

From the North Side to the South Side, and from the East Side to the West Side, chances are you will see his work on the sides of buildings.

Maximo routinely signs his worth with the letters "MXMO." (KSAT 12 News)

You can easily tell a Maximo mural by his key signature, “MXMO.”

However, he says there are more common threads within his work than that.

“I use vibrant colors,” he said. “It’s usually the color, size. I usually do portraits very large to get all the detail.”

This beach scene, painted on the wall of L & L Hawaii restaurant, is one of the latest works completed by Maximo. (KSAT 12 News)

His work runs the gamut from serious portraits to silly characters.

Focusing on faces, though, is what he enjoys most, especially if they belong to people who inspire him.

“It could be an athlete. It could be a musician,” he said.

Many years ago, it was a cartoon character who captured his attention and became the subject of his first attempt at painting a mural.

“I think I was about 9 or 10, and it was Sponge Bob. But it looked like a cheese with eyeballs,” Maximo said, laughing.

The Texas State University graduate has come a long way since then.

He makes his living solely from painting murals.

Maximo says he can’t help but notice how many other people share the same passion.

San Antonio’s art world is expanding and it is quickly becoming a “mural city,” he said.

“I just want to be a part of that growth and create as many murals as I can, while I can,” he said.

That would be Maximo to the max.

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About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.