40 Favorite Murals in Phoenix

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE

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.

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE
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.

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Beatrice Moore
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).

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Isaac Caruso
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.

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Lalo Cota and El Mac
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).

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


Location Info

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Deportes America

2822 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Kooky Krafts Shop

1500 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Monorchid

214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Por Vida Gallery

2800 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Valley Youth Theatre

525 N. First St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Dulceria Pico Rico

2533 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Angels Trumpet Ale House

810 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dougherty Wholesale Floral Co.

201 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Garfield Galleria

316 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Aside of Heart

901 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Carly's Bistro

128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

GreenHaus

222 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Revolver Records

918 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Lost Leaf

914 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Lodge Art Studio

1231 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Bragg's Factory Diner

1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Way Cool Hair Pollution

1524 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Westwind Studios

2216 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Dressing Room

220 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Giant Coffee

1437 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fastsigns

2517 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Drive-Thru Gallery

918 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Roosevelt Community Church

924 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Hive

2222 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Circle 6 Studios

1424 E. Virginia Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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35 comments
Jesse Perry
Jesse Perry

There were several walls that didn't make the cut that should have. Who's favorites are they? New Times, Downtown, the person who wrote the column? Not to mention several glaring mistakes on crediting artists.

Jesse Perry
Jesse Perry

40 "FAVORITE".... really? I doubt that very much!

artelphx
artelphx

This article has been referenced in a lot of recent conversations and it would be great to find "guides" like this with more regularity. Thank you.

littlepandababy
littlepandababy

The mural on Aside of Heart was not exclusively done by Yai, it is a collaboration between Yai and Carlos Rivas. Please correct your information as it is invalid.

alimicwil
alimicwil

What about the mural around 12th street and Roosevelt? Collaboration with Chicanos Por La Casa and an amazing artist from CA. Go check it out, kids from the neighborhood did this :)

ckauffman
ckauffman

Be sure and check out mural coming in October to west wall at 14th St & McDowell, the NHS Phoenix building.

dlee23
dlee23

The PRAVUS Gallery wall at #1!

Much love to my partners in crime...

The Molten Bros. & Chiffon Baton!

Kelly Henning
Kelly Henning

Lyndsay Williams - love it!!! So excited to see you guys! :)

Mike Eckert
Mike Eckert

Anyone who plays Ingress knows them all very well. Download the app, join the enlightened.

rgerdes
rgerdes

Katrina, this is fantastic work! I appreciate knowing the artists and locations of these wonderful murals. I've photographed many of these, and I compliment you on your fine work avoiding poles, wires, and other barriers to get good shots of these treasures of Phoenix! Thanks.

Dose Fly Id
Dose Fly Id

I havent. thx for tagging me in this.

Lauren Lee
Lauren Lee

Awesome! Thanks Emma for letting me know! #threebirds4life

Emma Olbert
Emma Olbert

Lauren Lee, your beautiful birds made the list. \U0001f44d

elS82
elS82

The Wallace & Ladmo mural was actually painted by Hugo Medina...it was initially a wheat paste applied by the artists you mention but the permanent piece there now, shown here is by Hugo Medina 

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