Murals, Albuquerque

Nob Hill, UNM, and downtown all have impressive murals, yet there are many others all over Albuquerque and the state. The one below is in Nob Hill. The artists are Ernest Doty, Ryan Montoya, and Jaque Fragua. The most famous of the three is Ernest Doty. He is from Albuquerque but now lives in California. His mural work can be found in many parts of the world.

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Two others from the Nob Hill/UNM area are below.

We could not find information about this wonderful mural, so we just named it ourselves: “MmmmmmmmWAH!”
Another one that we know little about, but we call this one “The Hobbiest.”

This one of John Wayne can be found inside The Frontier Restaurant. We call it, “The last thing I ever saw.”


This wonderful mural can be seen from East Central on the side of an apartment building.

The artist, Fernando Corona, centers his work on people who live along the border with Mexico. This one is especially interesting to interpret. All the children are wearing masks that embody stereotypes. The true children are a mixture of both Mexico and the United States, as you can see from their clothes and activity. They are playing rock, paper, scissors for candy, some from Mexico and some from the US, showing the choices and chance that their young lives hold.

Each Albuquerque Fire Station has public art, and this 3-D one is one of our favorites.
This is a collage of several murals in Gallup. Gallup has so many wonderful murals that the city gives walking tour maps of the downtown so that you can see them all and read about their origins.
Carlsbad has one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in the state. This mural is on the side of a building on the opposite side of town from the real drive-in. You can see the parking curb of the parking lot by the building.


This gem is in Cortez, Colorado. It features Carrie Nation, a woman who worked in the late 1800’s for Prohibition. She would enter bars with her Bible and an ax, which she used to smash whiskey bottles. The rest of the mural illustrates the dangers of drunk driving. The figures are playing poker with death.

This wild mural is on the side of the Poison Spider Bike Shop in Moab, Utah. Poison Spider is the name of a mesa that has a popular off-road bike trail.

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