"Mestizo City" Creator Henry Muñoz Talks Art, Politics and Robert Rodriguez

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Representing the "vibrant and varied" influence Latino culture has played in the United States, Henry Muñoz's 6,700-square-foot, site-specific interactive art instillation, Mestizo City, opens tonight in Miami's Design District.

But the San Antonio-based CEO of Kell Muñoz Architects, designer, and activist started championing the "intermarriage" of cultures when he was a kid.

"Both of my parents were labor leaders during the prime of the labor union movement in the United States," the 52-year-old tells New Times over breakfast at the Setai. "I grew up on picket lines, marched with the farm workers. In fact, one of my great possessions is a picket sign that I carried when I was five-years-old for the United Farm Workers of Texas. It read: 'Texas needs $1.25 minimum wage.'"

Today, the minimum wage in Texas is $7.25. And Muñoz is one of the United States' most influential Latino visionaries.

"I always tell Henry, 'You continued your dad's legacy in a different way,'" says Kell Muñoz Architects Director of Marketing, Theresa Wyatt. "In a nicer suit."

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