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One of La Morena's many Phoenix murals.EXPAND
One of La Morena's many Phoenix murals.
Lynn Trimble

35 Must-See Murals in Metro Phoenix

Murals painted throughout the Valley through the years remind viewers of the role creativity plays in making and sustaining thriving communities. Taken together, metro Phoenix murals provide a glimpse into the array of styles, themes, and imagery you'll find on the local arts scene. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these are 35 of the Valley's many murals you should explore.

Untitled
Lucinda Hinojos
3812 South Central Avenue


Lucinda Hinojos (a.k.a. La Morena) painted this mural in south Phoenix to call attention to policies surrounding immigrants brought to America as young children, whose plight is tied to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies. The mural includes a bright pink wall of butterflies anchored by a girl releasing a dove she finds trapped in a cage.

Detail of Battery Life mural located on Central Avenue south of Thomas Road.
Detail of Battery Life mural located on Central Avenue south of Thomas Road.
Lynn Trimble

Battery Life
By MDMN
2517 North Central Avenue


A Los Angeles-based artist with Arizona roots, MDMN was one of several artists who participated in Paint PHX 2016, when he created this 100-foot piece reflecting his sci-fi, futuristic-yet-retro vibe. It’s located on the north-facing wall at Fast Signs, on Central Avenue south of Thomas Road. Look for his work at several other spots around town, including a multi-artist collaboration at Carly’s Bistro.

This collaborative mural is located at 16th Street and McDowell Road.EXPAND
This collaborative mural is located at 16th Street and McDowell Road.
Lynn Trimble

Cultura
Graffaholeks Crew
1612 North 16th Street


Several artists who work together under the name Graffaholeks Crew painted a giant portrait of a woman wearing rose-colored sunglasses, flanked by bold designs. It’s located on the south side of the Mia’s Flowers at the intersection of 16th Street and McDowell Road.

Mural by Beatrice Moore located just off Grand Avenue.EXPAND
Mural by Beatrice Moore located just off Grand Avenue.
Lynn Trimble

Between Innocence and Understanding
By Beatrice Moore
1500 Grand Avenue


Created by artist and historic preservation advocate Beatrice Moore on the east-facing wall of her former Kooky Krafts Shop, this mural channels not only childlike innocence and whimsy, but also the interdependence of all things. It serves as a playful reminder to not only follow one's own heart, but also to work with others to realize shared community values and goals.

This collaborative mural created through Colibri is located on Grand Avenue.
This collaborative mural created through Colibri is located on Grand Avenue.
Lynn Trimble

Colibri Mural
By Chip Thomas, Jenn X. Chen, Karlito Miller Espinosa, Thea Gahr, and local artists
1023 Grand Avenue


While the progressive advocacy group Netroots Nation was in town during July 2015, several artists worked with Tucson's Colibri Center for Human Rights to create a migrant-theme mural. Chip Thomas (a.k.a. Jetsonorama) of the Navajo Nation, Jenn X. Chen of New York, Karlito Miller Espinosa (a.k.a. Mata Ruda) of New Jersey, and Thea Gahr of Mexico City and Oregon worked for several days on a mural depicting a central figure holding a photograph. It references those who’ve died while trying to cross the desert while migrating to the United States. Several local artists — including Lalo Cota, Jeff Slim, and Eduardo Pym – also worked on the mural.

Laura Spalding Best's Grand Avenue mural mirrors her larger body of work.EXPAND
Laura Spalding Best's Grand Avenue mural mirrors her larger body of work.
Lynn Trimble

Convergence
By Laura Spalding Best
1515 West Roosevelt Street


Best created this mural at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Street in 2017. The piece comprises eight circular or semicircular vignettes connected by images of utility lines. The vignettes capture iconic Phoenix imagery such as the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Westward Ho, and South Mountain. They range in size from eight to 12 feet in diameter.

Mural painted by El Mac, Mando Rascon, and Pablo Luna in 2015.EXPAND
Mural painted by El Mac, Mando Rascon, and Pablo Luna in 2015.
Lynn Trimble

Nuestra Gente (Our People)
By El Mac, Mando Rascón, and Pablo Luna
1309 East Van Buren Street


One of many El Mac murals in the Valley, this piece was painted in early 2015. The central portion of the mural features the profile of a woman's face, painted with a range of silver and grey hues complimented by pale blues — plus a rosy blush color along a portion of her face. She's formed and surrounded by the wavy lines and concentric circles prominent in El Mac's work. It's flanked by his collaborators' work — elaborate interwoven lines, and skull-infused images including a serpent, mariachi musician, and lowrider.

Detail of Joerael Elliot's mural at Second Street south of Roosevelt Street.EXPAND
Detail of Joerael Elliot's mural at Second Street south of Roosevelt Street.
Lynn Trimble

Dissolving Demarcation
By Joerael Elliott (with Jesse Perry)
815 North Second Street


Texas-born Joerael Elliott lived in Phoenix before moving on to Los Angeles and Santa Fe. And while he was in town, Elliott painted several murals, including this one at indie movie theater FilmBar. He’s also exhibited work at art venues including monOrchid and the Icehouse, and created several murals on a Navajo reservation in northern Arizona for the Painted Desert Project. During Paint PHX in 2015, he painted one of his characteristically complex figurative works on north- and east-facing walls at FilmBar – leaving a small space for Phoenix artist Jesse Perry to paint.

Lauren Lee's Don't Wake the Dreamer mural in Tempe.
Lauren Lee's Don't Wake the Dreamer mural in Tempe.
Lynn Trimble

Don’t Wake the Dreamer
By Lauren Lee
817 West Fifth Street, Tempe


Shortly after Lauren Lee’s mural depicting three birds was lost to demolition in Roosevelt Row, the artist was busy working on the first public mural ever commissioned by the city of Tempe. Painted in May and June 2015, the mural's 16 feet high and 153 feet wide. It depicts a long-haired woman lying on her side, surrounded by colorful birds and flowers. Lee has another impressive large-scale mural located at the SOHO apartments in Scottsdale.

Maggie Keane's massive Prince mural at 1350 West Roosevelt Street.
Maggie Keane's massive Prince mural at 1350 West Roosevelt Street.
Lynn Trimble

Prince Tribute
Maggie Keane
1350 West Roosevelt Street


Artist Maggie Keane payed tribute to Prince by painting this mural in the Grand Avenue arts district in 2019. The mural features several portraits of the artist, including a central image with giant automotive mirrors that serve as sunglasses lens. Keane has painted murals of several additional musicians around town, including David Bowie.

Nevercrew mural painted in 2018 on the historic Heard building in downtown Phoenix.EXPAND
Nevercrew mural painted in 2018 on the historic Heard building in downtown Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble

El oso plateado and the machine
By Nevercrew
110 North Central Avenue


Two bears form the most visible part of Swiss-based artist collective Nevercrew's "three-part intervention." Their work at the Heard building also includes a mural in the lobby that depicts various forms of communication such as film reels and printing presses, and there’s an alley mural that looks like a neon tube reading “On Air.” Curated by FatCap, the murals were completed in early 2018.

Detail of mural by JBAK (Karl Addison and James Bullough).
Detail of mural by JBAK (Karl Addison and James Bullough).
Lynn Trimble

Generations
By JBAK
2828 North Central Avenue


From 2011 to 2013, American-born and Berlin-based artists Karl Addison and James Bullough collaborated as JBAK. Together, they created large-scale portraits like this joint effort in Phoenix that's 53 feet high and 23 feet wide. Painted in April 2013, the work depicts Addison’s grandmother Maxine and a fifth-generation Arizona native named Chris Neito. Addison’s solo works in Phoenix include portraits of John Waddell and Frank Henry located at Kitchen Sink Studios.

This mural was painted by Edgar Fernandez and Jeff Slim.EXPAND
This mural was painted by Edgar Fernandez and Jeff Slim.
Lynn Trimble

Cultivating Unity


By Jeff Slim and Edgar Fernandez
1633 East McDowell Road

Artists Jeff Slim and Edgar Fernandez collaborated on this piece that references both the history and current diversity of a neighborhood along East McDowell Road that's called "Miracle Mile." The mural includes the word "unity" written in several languages, symbolism culled from O'odham pottery, and lines that reference masculinity and femininity. The central figure holds soil, which symbolizes the rich past of the region.

Let's Get Free mural by Douglas Miles and collaborators, located behind a gallery at 215 North Grant Street.
Let's Get Free mural by Douglas Miles and collaborators, located behind a gallery at 215 North Grant Street.
Lynn Trimble

Let’s Get Free
By Douglas Miles
215 East Grant Street


On a long wall that runs behind Bentley Projects, there’s a mural by Douglas Miles, an artist who hails from the San Carlos Apache reservation just east of Globe. Created with help from Douglas Miles Jr., Monica Wapaha, and Danielle Mercado, the mural is rooted in Native American and Apache culture. Prominent figures include Geronimo and Our Lady of Apache (inspired the the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe prevalent in Latino culture). Miles has other murals around town, at locations including monOrchid.

Thomas "Breeze" Marcus and Lalo Cota portion of a collaborative mural project.EXPAND
Thomas "Breeze" Marcus and Lalo Cota portion of a collaborative mural project.
Lynn Trimble

1 1/2 Street Project
Collaborative mural
901 North First Street


This collaborative mural painted in an alleyway east of The Churchill features work by some of the Valley's best-known mural artists, including Lalo Cota and Thomas "Breeze" Marcus. Highlights include Lucinda Hinojos' work raising awareness of murdered and missing indigenous women. Participating artists also include mural co-organizer Isaac Caruso, as well as Josh Brizuela, Andy Brown, Tato Caraveo, and JJ Horner, and Nyla Lee.

Kyllan Maney's metro Phoenix murals include this piece at The Dhaba in Tempe.
Kyllan Maney's metro Phoenix murals include this piece at The Dhaba in Tempe.
Lynn Trimble

Rangoli Sunrise
Kyllan Maney
1872 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe


Tempe artist Kyllan Maney, who often designs community murals for Mesa Arts Center festivals, is best known for works featuring maps, birds, or abstract, symmetrical designs that look like elaborate mandalas. She’s collaborated with Lauren Lee on a Frida Kahlo-inspired mural at Mesa Urban Garden. In December 2015, Maney painted this mural as part of an urban revitalization project.

Collaborative mural painted by 17 indigenous artists on 16th Street.
Collaborative mural painted by 17 indigenous artists on 16th Street.
Lynn Trimble

Reverberate Her Lines
Collaboration
4131 North 16th Street


Created by a collective of Native American graffiti artists who blend desert landscapes with compelling characters, this mural runs the length of Drumbeat Indian Arts’ south-facing wall. Completed during summer 2016, it features the work of 17 Native artists — including Bel2, CC, Gloe One, Perl, Stef XMEN, Rezmo, Cherri, Monstrochika, Lady Rise, Agana, iLash, Live, Sensi, Yukue, Averian Chee, Zena, and El Dreck.

Hugo Medina's mural depicts an artist reacting to changes in the Roosevelt Row arts district.EXPAND
Hugo Medina's mural depicts an artist reacting to changes in the Roosevelt Row arts district.
Lynn Trimble

Sign of the Times
By Hugo Medina
407 East Roosevelt Street


While witnessing the transformation of Roosevelt Row, where multilevel apartments now dominate the area around Roosevelt and Third Streets, Kimber Lanning commissioned this mural by Hugo Medina. The piece references the despair that artists and others have felt in seeing the loss of beloved community spaces in the wake of rapid commercial development and gentrification.

Bacpac painted one of many murals that fill an alley at East Oak and 14th streets.EXPAND
Bacpac painted one of many murals that fill an alley at East Oak and 14th streets.
Lynn Trimble

Oak Street Alley Mural
Collaborative mural
Oak and 14th Streets


For several years, artists have been converging on an alley where they're painted dozens of small murals that reflect the diversity and creativity of their individual styles and influences. The murals includes works by both emerging and established artists. Highlights include a mural by bacpac that's designed to raise awareness about the issue of school violence.

Yatika Fields mural for Paint PHX 2014.EXPAND
Yatika Fields mural for Paint PHX 2014.
Lynn Trimble

Sonoran Waltz
By Yatika Fields
2202 North 16th Street


This abstract piece was painted by Oklahoma-born artist Yatika Fields on a section of 16th Street dubbed Calle 16. It's home to several murals, including this one created as part of the Paint PHX event in 2014. The mural reflects the artist's take on the intersection of natural and urban environments, a theme that's prevalent in his larger body of work.

JB Snyder mural on the Dressing Room in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
JB Snyder mural on the Dressing Room in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

The Dressing Room 3.0
JB Snyder
220 East Roosevelt Street


JB Snyder's artwork, which has graced the official map for Roosevelt Row, has long been part of the ever-evolving arts district. It's a beautiful mix of order with chaos, infused with bright colors like lime green and canary yellow that convey a sense of vibrancy and forward movement. One of several Snyder murals in downtown Phoenix, this piece painted in 2016 is a popular background for camera-happy tourists and locals. Snyder chose the mural's unusual name because he's painted three different designs on the same east-facing wall, starting in 2010.

Look for Rebecca Green's mural while you're exploring art on Grand Avenue.EXPAND
Look for Rebecca Green's mural while you're exploring art on Grand Avenue.
Lynn Trimble

The Painted Desert
By Rebecca Green
1231 Grand Avenue


Michigan-born artist Rebecca Green lived and worked for a time in Phoenix, sharing studio space at The Lodge — where she first painted a storybook-theme mural depicting a young girl reading a book surrounded by animals. After Green moved to Denver, she returned to cover the first mural with a second one, which features animals from different habitats joined together in painting their desert surroundings.

Part of the Water Writes mural on the south-facing wall at Valley Youth Theatre.EXPAND
Part of the Water Writes mural on the south-facing wall at Valley Youth Theatre.
Lynn Trimble

Water Writes
By Averian Chee, Angel Diaz, Xochitl Enriquez, Jeff Slim, Kim Smith, Cyphers Center artists
525 North First Street


One of 10 murals created around the globe through the Estria Foundation and Black Mesa Water Coalition, this piece is designed to raise awareness about water-related issues in the Sonoran Desert. Located near Fillmore Street on Valley Youth Theatre's building, the mural is a collaboration between Averian Chee, Angel Diaz, Xochitl Enriquez, Jeff Slim, Kim Smith, and Cyphers Center for Urban Art creatives.

Timothy Chapman's mural reflects his interest in animals and the desert landscape.EXPAND
Timothy Chapman's mural reflects his interest in animals and the desert landscape.
Lynn Trimble

Recently Discovered Jackalope Species
Timothy Chapman
Camelback Road and Central Avenue


Look for Timothy Chapman's mural paying homage to desert plants and the mythical rabbit-like creature on the north side of Camelback Road just west of Central Avenue, in a part of town where you'll also find murals by Carrie Marill, Clyde, and other artists. Like several of the best murals in metro Phoenix, this piece makes a fun backdrop for selfies and other photographs.

Amanda Adkins painted one of many murals at The Hive Art Gallery.EXPAND
Amanda Adkins painted one of many murals at The Hive Art Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
Various artists
2216 North 16th Street


One of several murals painted on an east-facing wall at Westwind Studios on 16th Street south of Oak Street, this piece by Amanda Adkins conveys an exuberance it’s hard to capture in other sections along the traffic-laden work-to-home route. Like many of her fine-art pieces, it merges human form with natural elements. Other artists featured on this wall include Ashley Macias and Benji Sakoia.

Mural by Ashley Macias, Yai Cecream, and Volar painted in Roosevelt Row in 2017.
Mural by Ashley Macias, Yai Cecream, and Volar painted in Roosevelt Row in 2017.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
By Ashley Macias, Yai Cecream, and Volar
1029 North First Street


For this piece at Sutra Studios, a trio of artists with several works in downtown Phoenix collaborated to infuse a long wall with their signature styles. The hybridized design includes abstract and geometric designs, as well as images popular in the artists’ individual bodies of work. The mural stands as a vibrant marker of the creativity happening in and around Roosevelt Row. Look for one of Volar's abstract murals at 16th Street and Missouri.

Detail of Caratoes mural for Paint PHX 2015.EXPAND
Detail of Caratoes mural for Paint PHX 2015.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
By Cara To
2501 North 16th Street


Belgian-born artist and illustrator Cara To (a.k.a. Caratoes), who lives and works in Hong Kong, painted a new mural with a vintage-doll-meets-surreal-mermaid motif on the west-facing wall of a building on 16th Street at Sheridan Street, where it stands with other works created as part of the 2015 Paint PHX mural event.

Lalo Cota's iconic car and skull imagery is part of a collaborative mural at Carly's Bistro.EXPAND
Lalo Cota's iconic car and skull imagery is part of a collaborative mural at Carly's Bistro.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
Lalo Cota Collaboration
128 East Roosevelt Street


Carly’s Bistro boasts several murals featuring work by renowned muralist Lalo Cota, including a collaboration that runs the full length of its north-facing wall. The mural came together primarily in summer 2016, and includes work by several artists including Cota, Colton Brock, Angel Diaz, Pablo Luna, and JB Snyder. It also incorporates a piece by Los Angeles artist MDMN.

Roy Sproule mural at Roosevelt and Second streets.EXPAND
Roy Sproule mural at Roosevelt and Second streets.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
By Ray Sproule
918 North Second Street


Love, peace, and music collide in Roy Sproul’s grayscale mural located on a west-facing wall at former Revolver Records building. The work depicts music-related technology, including giant headsets and a gramophone. Sproul’s other local work includes a large-scale scene with characters from various theatrical productions, which takes up the entire north-facing wall at the offices for Valley Youth Theatre.

Part of a Tato Caraveo and Graham Carew collaboration at Crescent Highland.EXPAND
Part of a Tato Caraveo and Graham Carew collaboration at Crescent Highland.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
Tato Caraveo and Graham Carew
16th Street and Highland Avenue


For this collaboration, Phoenix-based Caraveo worked with Graham Carew, an artist based in the United Kingdom who was working in North Carolina at the time. Their work together include a towering image of a woman painted in Caraveo’s trademark style with a touch of surrealism, as well as a wall filled with flowers, birds, and other natural elements. You'll find one of Caraveo's many murals on the Arizona Opera building at 1636 North Central Avenue.

Detail of Tyson Krank mural in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
Detail of Tyson Krank mural in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
By Tyson Krank
Roosevelt and Fifth streets


Like many of Tyson Krank’s murals in downtown Phoenix, this piece features the profile of a woman’s face surrounded by botanical imagery. Located on the former Flowers building where other muralists have included El Mac and Tato Caraveo, it provided a beautiful frame for the giant map that guides visitors toward various locations in the Roosevelt Row arts district.

Part of the Fortoul Brothers' mural at Garfield Elementary.EXPAND
Part of the Fortoul Brothers' mural at Garfield Elementary.
Lynn Trimble

Garfield Elementary Mural
Fortoul Brothers
811 North 13th Street


This mural, which has been a work in progress since January 2018, is anchored on the south-facing wall by an image of the sun. Along an expanse measuring more than 200 feet, viewers see familiar Fortoul Brothers themes, such as food, water, air, and shelter — which represent abundance. It's inspired by indigenous peoples' respect for the earth, and designed to help youth embrace healthy eating.

Another section of Meet Me at Daley Park located near ASU in Tempe.EXPAND
Another section of Meet Me at Daley Park located near ASU in Tempe.
Lynn Trimble

Meet Me at Daley Park
By Jake Early
1525 South College Avenue, Tempe


This mural, painted in 2018 for Tempe Public Art, covers two walls joined at a corner near the railroad tracks on College Avenue. The walls are more than eight feet tall, with a combined length of nearly 400 feet. The shorter wall, which runs parallel with College Avenue, depicts contemporary Tempe – complete with a cyclist and a skateboarder. Early drew inspiration for the design from the surrounding neighborhood, and key moments in Tempe’s history.

You'll find this mural by Tara Sharpe and Eric Cox at Polk Street and 15th Avenue.EXPAND
You'll find this mural by Tara Sharpe and Eric Cox at Polk Street and 15th Avenue.
Lynn Trimble

Untitled
Tara Sharpe and Eric Cox
Polk Street and 15th Avenue


Tara Sharpe and Eric Fox created this mural several years ago during a mural festival. It's a hauntingly beautiful homage to the human form, which conveys each of their talents for conveying complex emotions and mystery in their work.

This Clyde mural is located at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix.EXPAND
This Clyde mural is located at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble

Timeless
Clyde
100 North First Street


Painted along a wall on the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, this is one of several Clyde murals around metro Phoenix that's imbued with storytelling properties. The artist often features desert imagery and central figures that spark curiosity in viewers.

Editor's note: This post has been updated. It was originally published on March 6, 2018.

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