Mar 27, 2018

7 Artists to Watch Out For

by: Laura Kochman

We’ve worked with a lot of artists over the years at Mural Arts, and discovering each one has been such a joy. Everybody has a unique set of talents and experiences, a unique way of seeing the city around us. So as we take on more projects in more places with more people, we’re always on the look for creative perspectives. Here are seven artists working right now that we think are pretty darn cool.

Ouizi (Louise Chen) 

Hawaii Blooms, by Ouizi (Louise Chen). Courtesy of

Detroit-based artist Ouizi (also known as Louise Chen) paints large-scale blooms that strike a balance between tone and pattern.

Nitza Tufiño 

Rio Blanco, by Nitza Tufiño (print). Courtesy of

Nitza Tufiño has had a long career making public art, starting in 1973 with the façade for New York’s El Museo del Barrio. Her most recent work focuses on bold, line-based patterns.

Carolina Caycedo 

A gente rio (installation view at 32nd Sao Paulo Biennial), by Carolina Caycedo. Courtesy of oppa.

Multimedia artist Carolina Caycedo makes work that references movement, resistance, and the environment, with a focus on bodies of water.

Aakash Nihalani 

By Aakash Nihalani. Courtesy of

Playful geometry marks the work of Aakash Nihalani, who uses tape (!) to turn cityscapes inside out.

Roberto Lugo 

Century Vase III: American, by Roberto Lugo. Courtesy of Hyperallergic.

Philly-based artist Roberto Lugo combines the classical forms of pottery with pop culture references and retellings of US history, meditating on what it means to be American.

Jacqueline Comrie Garrido 

Untitled. Courtesy of

Jacqueline Comrie Garrido’s paintings are bright and bold, using blocks of poppy colors to create organic landscapes and portraits.

Wangechi Mutu 

Blue Rose by Wangechi Mutu. Courtesy of Curiator.

“If you make something, you actually bring it to life,” says Wangechi Mutu, whose paintings feature human and animal figures, drawing on folklore to talk about contemporary issues of gender, race, globalization, colonialism, and more.

Last updated: Mar 28, 2018

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