Best New Murals in Phoenix and Where to See Them
The walls of Phoenix are getting more and more colorful as new murals are painted all over town.
Some murals are memorials for beloved members of the community. Others commemorate national holidays and observances such as Black History Month. There is a new fresco dedicated to Ukraine.
Here’s your guide to eight must-see downtown Phoenix murals that feature the work of prominent artists, including Lucinda “La Morena” Hinojos, Jeremie “Bacpac” Franko, Lalo Cota and many more.
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“It’s another great day in downtown Phoenix”
This colorful mural on the Fry Building, home to Majerle’s Sports Grill, honors the late downtown Phoenix ambassador, Hans Hughes, who died after being hit by a drunk driver. The mural was painted by Jake Early and Quinn Murphy, who were selected after Majerle’s launched an open call in partnership with ArtLink.
Details: The Fry Building is located at Second and Washington streets in Phoenix.
“I Am Black History”
“I Am Black History” was unveiled on February 1, the first day of Black History Month, as part of the launch of 28 Black History murals across the Valley in partnership with the Shining Light Foundation. The mural – painted by artists Lucretia Torva and Jennifer White – is located in the northwest corner of the Footprint Arena and features past and present Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury players.
Details: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.
‘Quail in contrast’
This project sports pinks and purples and showcases some Arizona favorites: a prickly pear and a large quail.
Details: 2517 N. Seventh St., Phoenix.
The new fresco by Lalo Cota
Beloved local Phoenix muralist Lalo Cota has added a new mural to the APS electrical substation in the Evans Churchill neighborhood on Seventh Street. Cota’s mural sports his signature Chicano art style. This one depicts a calaca – a skeletal figure – balancing on a colorful view of the city and skyline.
Details: Seventh and Roosevelt Streets, Phoenix.
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Sentrock’s New Mural
Phoenix-born Sentrock made a quick visit in March to paint his new mural on 13th Street and Camelback Road. It’s behind Just Blaze, a graffiti arts supply store and smokehouse. In street-art mode, two cartoon characters – a man and a woman – stand side by side holding hands. The man wears the signature Sentrock art stamp, a bird mask.
Details: 13th Street and Camelback Road, Phoenix.
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“Let’s stand in solidarity with Ukraine”
In a crowd-funded project in May, Arizona State University students created a bright blue and yellow mural along Seventh Avenue that includes the flag of Ukraine, a sunflower (the national flower of the country) and the words “Stand With Ukraine”. The project is a collaboration between students of the ASU School of Design, volunteers and students of the Ukrainian Association of ASU.
Details: East side of Seventh Avenue just north of Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix.
After a private donor donated money to Sullivan Elementary School, students voted for a new mural for their campus. In alignment with the school’s mascot – a pack horse – Jeremie “Bacpac” Franko painted several horses surrounding a Dodge Charger.
If you want to know more about Bacpac’s work, take a look at one of his most recent and luminous murals: “Plastics” which you can see in Oak Street Alley, on Oak Street between McDowell Street and Thomas Road. The street becomes an alley between 14th and 15th streets.
Details: Sullivan Elementary School, 2 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix.
The new fresco of La Morena
Muralist Lucinda “La Morena” Hinojos – along with artist “Just” and her two children – painted a mural dedicated to Arizona Republic photojournalist Nick Oza. The mural highlights Oza’s love for the immigrant community, as well as his Indian heritage. Oza passed away on September 27, 2021.
Details: 1819 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.
The story behind the fresco: This new mural pays homage to the life and work of Nick Oza
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