Street art is a staple of any city’s artistic presence, and new residents can get a feel of Houston by gazing at the various colors the city is composed of. Rated the most diverse city in the U.S. by WalletHub in 2019, the same sentiment extends to the various artists and stylistic choices that create the city’s local art scene. Whether crafted by unknown, independent artists or commissioned by professionals, each art wall in Houston has a story in itself that reflects the citizens’ values and personalities. Show off your new home to your friends on social media by celebrating its vibrancy — the famed mural walls of Houston are not only inherently Instagram-worthy, but also rich in the city’s culture.

By Zoe Judilla

 

GREETINGS FROM HOUSTON

by Daniel Anguilu

Gelazzi, 3602 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77007

Photo by Maria Gallegos

The vibrant salutation sums Space City up nicely. Local artist Daniel Anguilu, whose work is inspired by his travels as well as his Mexican heritage, incorporates Houston’s iconic imagery into a warm and welcoming design. By blending color with creativity, Anguilu makes home an area of animation and endless possibility.

 

PRESERVONS LA CREATION

by Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau

2800 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77004

Photo courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

The biggest mural in Houston is an ode to preservation and conservation. Urban real estate developer Adam Brackman enlisted muralist Sebastien Boileau to create a piece of work that emphasizes the importance of transitional neighborhoods. Boileau’s work is inspired by Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” and its looming nature towers over the constantly-developing city.

 

SPACE CITY MURAL

by Michael Rodriguez

Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St., Houston, TX 77007

Photo by Michael Rodriguez

The distinctive style of local artist Michael Rodriguez can be found anywhere from shopping districts to graffiti parks. Emanating a charming, vintage feel, Rodriguez adds a pop of color to visualize Houston’s undeniably bright and fun demeanor.

 

CHANGING LANGUAGE, CHANGING WORLDS

By DUAL and 29Letters

The Printing Museum, 1324 W Clay St., Houston, TX 77019

Photo by Maritere Rice for Carrie Colbert

The collaborative piece by pseudonymous artist DUAL and award-winning design studio 29 Letters uses bold and bright lines to symbolize diversity as well as the branching away from normative society. The studio, which specializes in contemporary Arabic and multilingual typography, wanted to create a project that bridges the divide between languages, ethnicities, and nationalities, resulting in something representative of Houston’s own diversity.

 

BISCUIT PAINT WALL

By Sebastian “Mr. D” Boileau

1435 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006

Photo courtesy of 365 Houston

The colorful paint wall is a staple to the city’s street art scene. Widely considered one of the most Instagrammed walls in Houston, the dripping rainbow is a sure hit with your friends online to fawn over from afar.

 

HOUSTON IS INSPIRED

By Gonzo247

313 Travis St., Houston, TX 77002

Photo by Maritere Rice for Carrie Colbert

The famed mural rests at the heart of downtown and was created by Mario Figuera Jr., also known as Gonzo247, one of the unofficial curators of Houston’s street art scene. The colorful wall was made as a result of the Greater Houston Convention and Business Bureau’s “Houston is Inspired” initiative, which emphasizes the city’s thriving culinary and art scene.

 

FINEAPPLE

By Royal Sumikat

1213 Maury St, Houston, TX 77020

Photo courtesy of 365 Houston

Take your sweetheart to Phillippines-born, Houston-based artist Royal Sumikat’s bold mural as a cheeky gesture. Sumikat’s love of symbolism and high-contrast colors brightens Houston’s streets with endless wit and humor.

 

THE ABSTRACT HAPPY BEACH WALL

By Zosen and Mina Hamada

800 Chartres Street, Houston, TX 77003

Photo by Maritere Rice for Carrie Colbert

The abstract and bubbly beach wall was made by Barcelona-based husband and wife duo Zosen and Mina Hamada for Houston’s Hue Mural Fest. It goes to show that Houston welcomes a variety of international talents, especially when contributing to the liveliness of the city.

 

BLACK AND WHITE WALL

By The Secret Group

2101 Polk St. Houston, TX 77003

Photo by Maritere Rice for Carrie Colbert

Lining the outer walls of popular nightclub The Secret Group is a dramatic pattern of black and white that serves as a somewhat optical illusion for those who gaze at it. Let the lines entice you to a weird and wonderful night out and find yourself fully embracing the quirks of Houston.

 

RAIL TO THE SEA

By Janavi Folmsbee

1502 Sawyer Street, Houston, TX 77007

Photo courtesy of Janavi Folmsbee

Mumbai native Janavi Folmsbee covered a 5000 sq. ft. wall with an abstract design reminiscent of marine characters as a love letter to the vibrant arts community of the First Ward and Sixth Ward, as well as the Washington Avenue Arts District. After developing strong roots in Houston since moving to the city, her work for the See Houston, Love Houston, Be Houston project contributed to their goal of making work that brings diverse dialogues, fosters collaboration, and improves the quality of life for all Houstonians.

 

TAMING THE BEAST

By Luis Valle

1899 Opelousas St, Houston, TX 77026

Photo courtesy of 365 Houston

Miami-based artist Luis Valle amplifies the narratives of indigenous cultures, spirituality, and shamanism with delicately-painted imagery. With his work featured nationwide, Valle centers on the essence of the soul in every commissioned piece.

 

I AM LOVE

By Ruben Rojas

548 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

Photo by Ruben Rojas

Commissioned by YogaWorks as part of Ruban Rojas’ #BeautifyEarth campaign, the colorful wall sends a message of inclusivity and conservation to the citizens of Houston. The artist’s mission to transform intention into action is undeniably present in his various bodies of work scattered throughout the city.

 

LOVE WALL HOUSTON

By Whaley Fine Art

1503 Chartres St, Houston, TX 77003

Photo courtesy of Christobel Travels

Another essential for your inner influencer, the Love Wall sends a message of compassion with its multitude of bold colors. It may be that every heart spray painted on the wall symbolizes one of a Houstonian — in that case, you’re in good hands.

HOUSTON TYPOGRAPHY

By Phoebe Cornog and Roxy Prima of PANDR Design Co. 

1301 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

Photo courtesy of Downtown Houston on Twitter

The six modern murals that line downtown Houston chicly display Texan pride with various Southern sayings. The monochrome coloring paired with the whimsy typography has the power to brighten both the surrounding area and your day.

 

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