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40 Favorite Murals in Phoenix

Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE
Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE
Katrina Montgomery

Phoenix is looking colorful lately, and it's not just the usual hues of light and dark beige. Though street art culture dates back decades, the past several years have heralded a new era for murals in our fair city. We've documented the progress in our ongoing series Mural City, but we thought it was about time to compile a list with some of our personal favorites.

See also: 6 Art Exhibitions to See in Metro Phoenix This Summer

We focused in on the three biggest mural hubs in Phoenix: Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and Calle 16. And we were completely blown away by what we saw. Suffice it to say, this list is not comprehensive; it represents a mere fraction of the street art that's out there right now (and we're sure there are many more murals to come).

In celebration of what has been and what will be, here are 40 of our favorite murals in Phoenix right now.

Did we miss your favorite mural? Share it with us in the comments section below.

Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE
Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE
Katrina Montgomery

40. Bienvenidos a Arizona

Bienvenidos a Arizona is iconic. Located on the north-facing wall of Deportes America on 16th Street south of Thomas Road, this collaboration between Gennaro Garcia and DOSE may not be new (we covered the piece when it first went up back in 2010), but the colors have not lost their vibrancy.

Mural by Beatrice Moore
Mural by Beatrice Moore
Katrina Montgomery

39. Between Innocence and Understanding

Beatrice Moore's mural on the east-facing wall of Kooky Krafts Shop is more than meets the eye. The piece is incredibly detailed (there are even rhinestones in some places to add an extra bit of whimsy).

Mural by Isaac Caruso
Mural by Isaac Caruso
Katrina Montgomery

38. Untitled work by Isaac Caruso

The large sunflowers on the north-facing wall of MonOrchid always feel a bit like a secret slice of happiness. The mural was made to honor the Valley of the Sunflowers project that activated an empty lot near Roosevelt. It's perhaps appropriate that the mural itself backs up to a vacant lot.

Mural by Lalo Cota and El Mac
Mural by Lalo Cota and El Mac
Katrina Montgomery

37. Untitled collaboration between Lalo Cota and El Mac (additional artists' work not pictured)

We love the contrast here of the black and white with the bright colors. The artists are working in very different styles, but it looks great together. The south-facing wall of Por Vida Gallery on 16th Street south of Thomas Road features more local talent as well (you can see a bit of Thomas "Breeze" Marcus' line work in this image near the top of the wall).

Mural by Averian Chee, Angel Diaz, Xochitl Enriquez, Jeff Slim, Kim Smith, and members of the Cyphers Center for Urban Art
Mural by Averian Chee, Angel Diaz, Xochitl Enriquez, Jeff Slim, Kim Smith, and members of the Cyphers Center for Urban Art
Katrina Montgomery

36. Water Writes

Backed by the Estria Foundation and Black Mesa Water Coalition, this mural is one of 10 in a global series of Water Writes murals. This particular iteration of Water Writes is a collaboration between Averian Chee, Angel Diaz, Xochitl Enriquez, Jeff Slim, Kim Smith, and members of the Cyphers Center for Urban Art. Located on the south-facing wall of Valley Youth Theater on First Street and Fillmore, it seeks to bring attention to the water issues particular to the Sonoran desert.



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