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Murals to Know About in Albuquerque

The Duke City's local artists share their favorite murals in Albuquerque.

Murals to Know About in Albuquerque

Rick Pimentel of Pimentel & Sons Guitar Makers said it simply (and best) when he shared, "Albuquerque is a city that's big on art." Art has been ingrained in Albuquerque's DNA for centuries. And the local art scene is still thriving, as evidenced by the the city's many galleries, museums, shops and murals.

Here, Visit Albuquerque spoke with artists and art lovers Nanibah Chacon, Pilar Westell of Zendo, Tess Coats of Spur Line Supply Co., and Julia Mandeville of the Harwood Art Center, who shared their recommendations for some of their favorite murals in town.

You might need even more than a full day to see them all! Per Julia, "It can take an entire day to see our incredible portfolio of murals and two and three-dimensional public art. Albuquerque has one of the oldest public art programs in the country and our collection is incredible."

For a more comprehensive guide to Albuquerque's murals, check out MurosABQ.com.

Nanibah Chacon Mural at Washington Middle School

Recommended by: Nanibah Chacon

Nanibah Chacon's work represents Albuquerque and New Mexico's history and heritage. Nanibah shared with us, “I have about four works up right now, and the largest is at Washington Middle School. I think it's twenty feet high and then about three hundred feet long. It depicts [children] and medicinal native plants of New Mexico, that are commonly catagorized as weeds .”

Nanibah Chacon

Nanibah Chacon Mural of Mount Taylor

Recommended by: Nanibah Chacon

Nanibah Chacon speaks about one of her more political murals, located in Nob Hill. “It's geared towards the protection of Mount Taylor. It was actually created in conjunction with campaign to prevent legislation that would open Mount Taylor back up for uranium mining. The legislation did not pass, and Mount Taylor is now a protected site. But even now [with those protections in place] it's important to keep [the mural] up, because while creating the mural, I realized there was an unawareness of where Mount Taylor was or what it is. It was astonishing to see how few people knew their landscape or the importance of it. Mount Taylor is a sacred site to indigenous people from this area.”

Nanibah Chacon

Nanibah Chacon Mural Dona Maclovia Sanchez de Zamora at B Ruppe Pharmacy

Recommended by: Nanibah Chacon

Per Nanibah,"The other mural I have is one that's a portrait of a healer that was [in Albuquerque]. Her name was Doña Maclovia Sanchez de Zamora and she was a community figure in Barelas. [Doña Maclovia] was a very important elder, and she had a plant-based pharmacy for decades. It was an honor for me to paint her portrait and favorite medicines, Doña Maclovia also helped us identify the plants for the Washington Middle School Resilience Mural ”

Leopoldo Romero Mural Reso Lana on 12th Street

Recommended by: Nanibah Chacon

“Leopoldo Romero is a mentor, and one of my favorite of his pieces is on12th Street. It was a tryptic but one portion has now been covered over; the piece that had three phrases on it, 'Una Vida Buena y Sana, Reso Lana, And Raza Cosmica.'"

Murals on the Railroad Tracks

Recommended by: Julia Mandeville

Julia Mandeville of the Harwood Art Center shared, “There are a number of murals that are along the railroad tracks. There's so much to do in the city that it would be a hard choice to get on the train and head to Santa Fe, but if people do, they should check out the murals on that Railroad Corridor.”

Flying Pigs at Zendo

Recommended by: Pilar Westell

Pilar Westell of Zendo shares that she uses the exterior of her coffee shop as a platform for art. "We had this really cool painter in here and his style is that he paints things that look like they're covered in dripping metal. So he did these really cool flying pigs on the side of our building, Zendo.”

Warehouse 508

Recommended by: Pilar Westell

Pilar of Zendo told us, “There's a mural off of Lead and Broadway at Warehouse 508, which is a youth center and it just wraps around the entire block. It’s really cool!”

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