Earlier this summer I attended a panel hosted by United Adworkers called: The Writing On The Wall that featured an amazing group of local artists. Milwaukee has had an explosion of murals in the past few months, but I had never taken the time to learn about how they ended up there or who was painting them. Of course we have Black Cat Alley, but it turns out there are a ton more projects in the works to brighten up our city! The panel was moderated by Stacey Williams-Ng of Wallpapered City and she, along with the panel of muralists gave me such insight and inspiration to how our city has come to be covered in beautiful art!
I recently shared a photo on Instagram of “Anything of Selenas” created by Mauricio Ramirez which is a 20ft x 50ft mural in Walker’s Point. His work is usually pretty identifiable and according to him often features “ a cultural icon that transcends rich intersecting historical and popular culture references that speak to the complex diaspora of the United States.” I adore his work. The colors are always mesmerizing and I love seeing his interpretation of icons like Selena and Frida Kahlo.
Another panelist, Emma Daisy, simply dazzled me. You may recognize some of her new work in Westown, as she recently finished up a massive project there. Her art feels bubbly and feminine and just brings a smile to my face.
If you aren’t downtown exploring the murals of Black Cat Alley, a new project is popping up in East Tosa! If you’ve taken a drive down North Ave. recently, there’s no way you could have missed the bright pops of color adorning the sides of several business and buildings. The project will be known as the North Avenue Mural Arts District, or NoMAD. Here is a list of the artists and locations you can go check out!
Eric Ricks of Maryland, painting at The Nobleman barbershop at 6831 W. North Ave.
Christina Thomas of Wauwatosa, painting at the Heartland Information Research building at 6434 W. North Ave.
Matthew Mederer and Max Komarov, both of Chicago, painting at the Voline Garage Central gas station at 6902 W. North Ave.
Daniel Leonard of Ireland, painting at Cranky Al’s at 6901 W. North Ave.
Ivan Roque of Florida, painting at Tosa Yoga at 6734 W. North Ave.
Adam Hernandez of Ohio, painting at BelAir Cantina at 6817 W. North Ave.
Nykoli Koslow of Milwaukee, painting at Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop at 7001 W. North Ave.
I love seeing our city create unique and beautiful spaces that represent our culture, artists, and community. Milwaukee has really stepped it notch and I am sure this is only the beginning. Have you checked out any of the new murals in Milwaukee? Which ones are your favorites?