About MUY

A cultural space dedicated to contemporary Mayan and Zoque art

The MUY Gallery is located in the historic center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. We are dedicated to exposing the art of creators from the original peoples of Chiapas. La MUY is a space for multimedia, plastic and performance art, created by recognized and emerging artists, who explore the Mayan and Zoque visual languages.

We invite artists from other parts of the world to collaborate in the exhibitions, workshops, as well as participate in the residency program. The MUY offers a traveling program of contemporary indigenous art exhibitions in Tsotsil, Tseltal, Zoque and other towns in Chiapas. The gallery has its own collection of Mayan and Zoque art. Finally, MUY publishes materials such as artist books, poetry, fanzines, and prints and screen printing are produced.

And, “MUY” what? – Muy in tsotsil is the root of the word that means pleasure.

Our Team

John Burstein

John Burstein W.


As gallery owner and promoter of contemporary indigenous arts projects, Burstein directs the Galería MUY, and manages public relations, as well as coordinating the curatorial activities of the MUY.Burstein, trained as a cultural anthropologist, worked for decades in development projects in Chiapas and elsewhere.

Martha Alejandro

Martha Alejandro

Assistant to the Director

Martha Alejandro (born in Rayón, Chiapas in 1988), works at the Galería MUY as Assistant Director, with multiple responsibilities: coordinating the opening and events with the preparation of room sheets, the artistic tour, and assistant in accounting. Martha has been a connoisseur of contemporary zoque art for many years. Alejandro graduated in Tourism Management and Development from the Universidad Tecnológica De la Selva in Rayón, Chiapas.

Francisco Corso

Francisco Corso

Maintenance and gardner

Corso is responsible for the upkeep of the buildings and creation of the grounds of the Galería MUY, and assists in developing arts spaces at the gallery.