Explore the abundant energy that over 130 public murals, and their artists, bring to the Western New York community.

by Katie Johnson

More than just large scale paintings, murals tell social, cultural and political stories of a region

The Impact of Colors

You don’t have to be aesthete to know or feel the power that lies in colors. When looking for a spark of joy, it seems all the places you may turn to or items you might wear are marked with lively, vibrant and vivid hues. Humans have even been said to radiate a color energy, an aura that only those tapped in enough can see. Imagine what painting a wall can do for a room, let alone an exterior wall of a city?

Widely no longer considered counterculture or graffiti, street art has become a welcome source of pride, artistry and outdoor engagement throughout America as well as the City of Good Neighbors—each artist and painting offering their own insights into our city, along with beautifying our streets. 

“Nature is inherently kind of creative. Always changing itself, reinventing itself and adapting … I think that there is a lot of beauty in that.”

A Mural Artist’s Muse

Oftentimes before there is a mural, there is its artist, looking for a spark of creativity—each one creating a work of art that is specifically “them” and unique. “I’m drawn to flower elements in my artwork . . . symbols of optimism,” says Cassandra Ott, Buffalo Artist and Designer behind the Garden Walk mural on Elmwood Avenue. “Nature is inherently kind of creative. Always changing itself, reinventing itself and adapting. You know, I think that there is a lot of beauty in that. Play it up so that we can appreciate the world around us, whether that is a literal interpretation or something that is more kind of whimsical and dreamy.”

For Artist and Muralist Casey Milbrand, the creator of the Lookin’ Good mural on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo, inspiration knows no category. “The funny thing is, I’m inspired by really random shit. It might be a pair of socks I got, you know that have a certain color pattern.” Sharing his design process for the mural, “The Lookin’ Good was different because I wanted people to be able to see it from a distance, so when you’re turning the corner on Colvin you see this rainbow climbing down the building, but you don’t see the whole thing. I really pushed myself to have the simplest design possible but colorful to kind of wake people up a little bit. Then North Park Theater is up the street, so I really liked this kind of retro, 70’s vibe.”

While for Fine Artist, Madonna Pannell, her mural planning is more intuitive. “Actually I painted a tiny painting of it first,” she explained of her infamous Harriet Tubman piece in Niagara Falls. “I wanted to see how I would mix the colors. For most mural artists, they are going to be using spray paint or some kind of acrylic, but I primarily only worked in acrylic paint and a little bit oil paint. I wanted to get this idea flushed out in acrylic paint first, so I did it on a really tiny canvas and sized it to what I knew what my mural space was going to be. From there we projected it onto the wall at night, of course, and I just did the outline of my idea and then started the painting process.”

Any murals we missed? Help us keep our list up to date with an email to info@welcome716.com, subject line “WNY PUBLIC ART MURAL”.

More than just large scale paintings, murals tell social, cultural and political stories of a region. With over 130 pieces across Buffalo Niagara, see our directory for a complete list of the public mural art that continues to invigorate the city.

Any murals we missed? Help us keep our list up to date with an email to info@welcome716.com, subject line “WNY PUBLIC ART MURAL”. Be sure to include the location and artist.

Downtown

Greetings from Buffalo

  • Address: 461 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Casey Milbrand

Keep Buffalo a Secret

  • Address: 810 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Ian de Beer

Wildflowers for Buffalo

  • Address: 465 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Louise Jones

Diver and Sea Creatures

  • Address: 515 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley, Matt Groat, Max Collins

Misuta Chows Dragon

  • Address: 521 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Taka Sudo

Optichromie

  • Address: 681 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Felipe Pantone

Noodle in the Northern Lights

  • Address: 710 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Jessie and Katey

Metamorphosis #5

  • Address: 1665 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Artist: Tavar Zawacki

Green Kaleidoscope

  • Address: 2303 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Artist: Augustina Droze

Typewriter

  • Address: 468 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Julian Montague & James “Yames” Moffitt

Electric Avenue

  • Address: 300 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Unknown

Mcclelland Small Animal Hospital

  • Address: 455 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Unknown

Walking Back Time

  • Address: 5 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Logan Hicks

Buffalo Proper

  • Address: 333 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Kristin Brandt

Big Ditch Brewing Company

  • Address: 55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Unknown

Two Waterfronts

  • Address: 7 Scott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Thomas Paul Asklar & Matthew Sinclair Conroy

Untitled

  • Address: Washington St and E. Mohawk St
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Untitled

  • Address: 515 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Jaws

  • Address: 359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203 (Buffalo RiverWorks)
  • Artist: Zach Case

Wing Wing

  • Address: 76 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Zach Case, Julie Ketry, Jennifer Smigielski

General Mills Biggest Buffalo in Buffalo

  • Address: 54 S. Michigan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Elmwood Market Welcome to Buffalo

  • Address: 214 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Wonder Coffee Ship Voyage

  • Address: 323 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Elmwood Pet Supplies

  • Address: 706 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

South Buffalo

Black Iron Bistro

  • Address: 3648 South Park Ave, Blasdell, NY 14219
  • Artist: Team Razor Wire

Buffalo Sports Food Bus

  • Address: 2693 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218
  • Artist: Unknown

Welcome To South Buffalo

  • Address: 2277 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandro

Flowers

  • Address: Hamburg St and South Park Ave
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Old First Ward

Old First Ward

  • Address: Alabama and Republic St
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandro & James “Yames” Moffit

Old First Ward

  • Address: 491 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandr

The Larkin District

Larkinville, Buffalo NY

  • Address: 149 Van Rensselaer St, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandro

Greetings from Larkinville

  • Address: 745 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Artist: Unknown

Hydraulic Hearth

  • Address: 716 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Larkin Square Flower

  • Address: 745 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Artist: Casey Kelly

Legs

  • Address: 829 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Artist: Christopher Kameck

Swan Street Diner

  • Address: 700 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Artist: Unknown

Southtowns

Alchemy

  • Address: 20 Union St, Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Big Tree Pediatrics

  • Address: 4470 Bayview Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Artist: Gretchen Weidner

Coyote Cafe

  • Address: 36 Main St, Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Artist: Unknown

Big Sunrise

  • Address: 3763 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • Artist: Tim Martin

Movement Stretch Therapy of Buffalo

  • Address: 4230 N Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • Artist: Unknown

Circle the Wagons

  • Address: Abbott Rd and Community College Dr, New Era Field
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandro

Greetings from Bar Bill

  • Address: 185 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052
  • Artist: Unknown

Studio on Main

  • Address: 618 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052
  • Artist: Unknown

Ray’s Way

  • Address: 634 Main St, East Aurora,  NY 14052
  • Artist: Unknown

Trey Chic Pet Boutique

  • Address: 660 Persons St, East Aurora, NY 14052
  • Artist: Unknown

Eastside

Stocks are Rising

  • Address: Bailey and Stockbridge Ave
  • Artist: Nick Miller & Chris Kameck of Team Razor Wire

Bailey Fights Blight

  • Address: Bailey and East Amherst
  • Artist: Team Razor Wire & Edreys Wajed

Welcome Wall

  • Address: 751 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14212
  • Artist: Keir Jonston & Ernel Martinez

Work & Play

  • Address: 617 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14212
  • Artist: Otecki (Wojciech Kolacz)

Our Colors Make Us Beautiful

  • Address: 1131 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212
  • Artist: Muhammad Zaman

Advantageous Geometry #1

  • Address: 1001 E Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
  • Artist: Team Razor Wire

Dance Everyday

  • Address: 537 E Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211
  • Artist: Shantell Martin

The Freedom Wall

  • Address: Michigan Ave and East Ferry St
  • Artist: Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley & Edreys Wajed

Chow Monstro

  • Address: 400 Block of Exchange St
  • Artist: Chow Monstro

Twilight Grill

  • Address: 494 Howard St, Buffalo, NY 14206
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandro

The Lemon Spot

  • Address: 149 Lemon St, Buffalo, NY 14204
  • Artist: Person Centered Services

Crucial Human Services

  • Address: 230 Moselle St, Buffalo, NY 14215
  • Artist: Unknown

Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School

  • Address: 437 Doat St, Buffalo, NY 14211
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Tower of Power

  • Address: Halber St, Tri-Main Center
  • Artist: Team Razor Wire

72 Jewett

  • Address: 74 Jewett Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Artist: Daniel Galas

Birds and Butterflies

  • Address: 2302 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Artist: Augustina Droze

Westside

Homeland

  • Address: 585 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Betsy Casañas

Sunrise/Sunset

  • Address: 448 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Tricia Butski and Patrick Foran

Fish

  • Address: 1315 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Artist: 12 Grain Studio

Bikes in Vines

  • Address: 1330 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Weaving Colors of the World

  • Address: 25 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Ganesha

  • Address: 133 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Artist: Ian de Beer and Liz Ives

Sweet_Ness 7 Cafe

  • Address: 200 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Artist: Prish Moran

Niagara Street

  • Address: 996 Busti Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Artist: Yames Moffit and Edreys Wajed

Botanical Blueprint

  • Address: Dewitt and Potomac
  • Artist: Hillary Waters Fayle

Westside Buffalo Charter School

  • Address: 113 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo NY 14213
  • Artist: Rachel Zogaib and Liz Vesneske

As Is

  • Address: 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Casey Milbrand

Allentown

The Old Pink

  • Address: 223 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Unknown

The Old Pink

  • Address: 223 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Unknown

Voyage

  • Address: 224 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects

  • Address: 172 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Christopher Guerra

Holly Farms Market

  • Address: 233 Allen St, Buffalo,  NY 14201
  • Artist: Ian DeBeer

Allen Street Hardware Cafe

  • Address: 245 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Deric McHenry, Nicholas Delfino, Julian Montague

Nietzche’s

  • Address: 248 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Yames & Sparky

Resting Lion

  • Address: 471 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Vintango

LGBTQ+ Community

  • Address: 44 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Mickey Harmon and Ari Moore

Biondo Apartments

  • Address: 401 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Artist: Michael Biondo

Elmwood

Heart 716

  • Address: 545 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY
  • Artist: Rory Allen

Lip Service

  • Address: 716 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist:  Klub Weimar

Garden Walk

  • Address: 831 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Cassandra Ott

Feast

  • Address: 938 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist:  Bruce Adams & Augustina Droze

Sun Ray

  • Address: 124 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Artist: Sun Ray

Untitled

  • Address: 300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Wings

  • Address: 463 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Forty Thieves

  • Address: 727 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo,  NY 14222
  • Artist: Rory Allen

Yellow Dog

  • Address: 735 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: eRic Luplow

ABC’s

  • Address: 793 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Joanna Angie

Welcome To The Iconic Elmwood Village

  • Address: 1055 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Michael Gelen & Bill Jankowski

Flutterby Festival

  • Address: 1088 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Artist: Christ Piontkowski

Skyscraper

  • Address: Richmond and Ferry St
  • Artist: Mark Adamusik

North Buffalo

Magic Buffalo

  • Address: 1322 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Bunnie Reiss

Lookin’ Good

  • Address: 1472 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY
  • Artist: Casey Milbrand

Jerry Garcia

  • Address: 1172 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: C. Gallagher

Untitled

  • Address: 1188 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Eduardo Kobra

Goo Goo Dolls

  • Address: 1212 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Philip Burke

We Are Here

  • Address: 1260 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: White Bicycle

Buffalo Map

  • Address: 1297 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Mario Zucca

Weego

  • Address: 1503 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Gordon Downie

  • Address: 1669 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Rory Allen

Hertel Postcard

  • Address: 1787 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Artist: Vinny Alejandro

Smiles and Appreciation

  • Address: 1872 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Artist: Kimberly Hardy

Yellow Buffalo

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Pizza

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Elyssa Harper

Til Death Do Us Part

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Ashley Kay

Fish

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Chris Main

Palooza

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Tom Holt

Essential

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Fire and Ice

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Nick Miller

Moments of Spiritual Evolution

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Norm4eva

You Got This

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Chris Piontkowski

Untitled

  • Address: Hertel Alley Gallery (Treymore to Colvin)
  • Artist: Mark Adamusik

Alix Rice Peace Park Angel Wings

  • Address: Amherst Northtown Center Buffalo, NY 14221
  • Artist: Nicole Cherry

Niagara

The Ascent

  • Address: 450 S 4th St, Lewiston, NY 14092
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Niagara 1979

  • Address: 450 S 4th St, Lewiston, NY 14092
  • Artist: Gene Davis

Niagara

  • Address: 1900 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
  • Artist: Erie Grohe

Guardian of the Waters

  • Address: 51 Main St, Lockport, NY 14094
  • Artist: Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams

Let’s Fall in Love

  • Address: 217 Old Falls St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
  • Artist: Casey Milbrand

Black Lives Matter

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Ashley Kay and Tyshaun Tyson

Harriet Tubman

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Madonna Pannell

John “Spider” Mountain

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Edreys Wajed

The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Muhammad Zaman

We Rise By Lifting Others

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Ashley Kay

Waiters at the Cataract Hotel House

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Unknown

Freedom Seekers

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Natalia Suska

Greetings From Niagara Falls

  • Address: 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Paul Clifton

Youngstown N.Y.

  • Address: 134 Lockport St, Youngstown, NY 14174
  • Artist: Alessandra Price

Untitled

  • Address: 134 Lockport St, Youngstown, NY 14174
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Anything Less Than Ownership Is Unacceptable

  • Address: 2616 Highland Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
  • Artist: Tyshaun Tyson

Untitled

  • Address: 540 Oliver St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Artist: Chuck Tingley

Home of the Mighty Wurlitzer

  • Address: 67 Webster St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120-5811
  • Artist: Unknown

Fish

  • Address: 141 Robinson St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Artist: Unknown

Divide Sky

  • Address: 141 Robinson St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Artist: Team Razor Wire

Welcome to Lockport

  • Address: Clinton and Gooding
  • Artist: Jeffrey Sidebottom

Here Comes The Sun

  • Address: Olcott Beach
  • Artist: Lockport Public Arts Council

Butterfly

  • Address: Olcott Beach
  • Artist: Courtney Haeick

Middleport

  • Address: Main and State
  • Artist: Stacey Kirby

Play With Your Food

  • Address: 112 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
  • Artist: Unknown

(Protect) Earth’s Flower

  • Address: 25 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301 (Niagara Falls Art Alley)
  • Artist: Madonna Pannell

Niagara Falls Art Alley

  • Address: 425 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301(Niagara Falls Art Alley)
  • Artist: Various

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