Murals of Buffalo, NY

Public art is an important element to a city, adding vibrancy and creativity to our public spaces for everyone to enjoy. It humanizes a once plain, empty wall or building. It plays into how we celebrate work / life balance. Most importantly it gives us community pride, a sense of belonging, and enhances our quality of life.
Buffalo has quickly expanded it's library of murals over the past few years, largely thanks to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative. Recently I'd snap a picture if I came across a mural while shooting something else, with the idea of eventually putting together this blog post. Here is a semi-complete list of murals by neighborhood, which I'll continue to add to in the future. Enjoy!
Downtown

"Greetings From Buffalo" by Casey William Milbrand. Located at 461 Ellicott Street and one of Buffalo's most Instagram'd murals.

"Wildflowers for Buffalo" by Louise “Ouizi” Jones. Located at 465 Washington Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2018. At 80 feet tall by 160 feet wide, Wildflowers for Buffalo is the largest mural of Jones’s career and largest in Buffalo.

"Walking Back Time" by Logan Hicks (RIP). Located at 5 East Huron Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2019. 

"Optichromie" by Felipe Pantone. Located on the back wall of Town Ballroom along Washington Street, between East Tupper and Chippewa. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2019. 

"Typewriter" on the east side of the Western New York Book Arts Center. Located at 468 Washington Street.

"Go!" by Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams. Located at 95 Perry Street in the Cobblestone District. 

Mural on the side of Buffalo Proper by Kristin Brandt. Located at 333 Franklin Street.

"Two Waterfronts" by Thomas Paul Asklar and Matthew Sinclair Conroy. Located at 100 Washington Street.

Animal faces at McClelland Small Animal Hospital, located at 455 Ellicott Street.

Starlight Studio building, completed by Steve Robinson. Located at 340 Delaware Avenue.

"Hard Work Works Hard" located at 268 Main Street.

Main Street

"Noodle in the Northern Lights" by Jessie and Katey. Located at 710 Main Street and taking up an entire city block! Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Art Initiative in 2016.

"Noodle in the Northern Lights" by Jessie and Katey. Located at 710 Main Street and taking up an entire city block! Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Art Initiative in 2016.

"Metamorphosis #5" by Tavar Zawacki. Located at 1665 Main Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2019 and is WNY's largest mural upon time of completion. This imagery and the idea of metamorphosis, or dynamic transformation, resonates with the resurgence of the greater Buffalo region and ongoing positive economic and cultural developments in the East Side neighborhoods nearby.

Misuta Chow mural by Taka Sudo. Located at 521 Main Street.

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology mural, completed by artist Alice Mizrachi along with students in the art program. Located at 1221 Main Street.

"Green Kaleidoscope" by Augustina Droze. Located at 2303 Main Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2019. Based on the riotous coloring and innate artistry of bird and butterfly wings, Droze’s symmetrical patterning holds in tension the fragile balance between beauty and decay endemic to the natural world.

"Main Street Studios Mural" by Chuck Tingley. Located at 515 Main Street. 

“Freestyle Faces of Main Street” by Matthew OGRE Groat, Chuck Tingley and Max Collins. Located at 515 Main Street on the side of Main Street Studios.

“Freestyle Faces of Main Street” by Matthew OGRE Groat, Chuck Tingley and Max Collins. Located at 515 Main Street on the side of Main Street Studios.

"Buffalo Roam" located at 678 Main Street.

"Shooting Stars" located at 678 Main Street.

"Entertainment" mural entering the Theatre District on Main Street.

"Keep Buffalo A Secret" by Ian de Beer. Located at 812 Main Street. A collaborative effort including Oxford Pennant and Jake The Sign Guy.

Allentown

"Voyage" by Chuck Tingley. Located at 224 Allen Street. 

Tribute to Spain Rodriguez by Ian DeBeer. Located at 233 Allen Street on the side of Holley Farms Market. One amazing fact is that the artist never actually touched any of the materials used in the painting of this mural. Ian De Beer, who was convicted of vandalism crimes from graffiti art in New York City, was not allowed to possess or touch any graffiti materials as part of his probation. So, instead, he drew the piece at home, had it made into a projection image, and then projected the entire piece onto the side of Holley Farm Market at night! His assistants painted the projected image on to the wall while hundreds watched. De Beer described it as almost a “theatrical event.”

"Buffalo Buildings" mural by Christopher Guerra. Located at 172 Allen Street.

"Sun Ray" located at 124 Elmwood Avenue.

"Tribute to Tony Goldman" by Patrick Gallo. Located on the side of Hardware Cafe, 245 Allen Street. Patrick Gallo, a street artist and photographer from Brooklyn, chose a photo he shot in downtown LA to be the basis of this mural. The picture, that shows a Mexican-American man looking at Mexican pictures, he used in what he describes in Streets of Art as “the most absolute, most meaningful piece I’ve ever done".

The Old Pink located at 223 Allen Street. Likely the longest-standing exterior artwork on Allen Street, the Old Pink mural’s painter was actually chosen by the Artvoice-sponsored “Paint the Pink” contest in June of 1992.

Nietzsche Mural by Yames & Sparky. Located at 248 Allen Street. 

"The Resting Lion" located at 475 Delaware Avenue by artist Vintango.

Allen Street Hardware Cafe, located at 245 Allen Street. Mural done by Deric McHenry.

Mothers Restaurant located at 33 Virginia Place.

"Secondary Occupants" by Julian Montague. Located at 245 Allen Street.

"Secondary Occupants" by Julian Montague. Located at 245 Allen Street.

"Tribute to Tony Goldman" by Patrick Gallo. Located on the side of Hardware Cafe in Allentown.

El Buen Amigo located at 114 Elmwood Avenue.

"Could B Wild!" by Vinny Alejandro. Located at 41 Elmwood Avenue.

Elmwood Village

831 Elmwood Avenue by Cassandra Ott, commissioned by and commemorating the 25th anniversaries of Garden Walk Buffalo and the Elmwood Village Association. 

"Lip Service" by David Mitchell. Located at 712 Elmwood Avenue.

"Heart 716" by Matt Connors in partnership with Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Rory Allen. Located at 545 Elmwood Avenue.

"Untitled" by Chuck Tingley at 300 Elmwood Avenue.

"Yellow Dog" by eRic Luplow. Located at 735 Elmwood Avenue

"Feast" by Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze. Located at 938 Elmwood Avenue.

"Tesla at Forty Thieves" by Rory Allen. Located at 727 Elmwood Avenue. In sponsorship with Feroleto and the Elmwood Village Association.

"ABC's" by Joanna Angie. Located at 793 Elmwood Avenue.

Niagara Street

"Niagara Street" by Yames Moffitt & Pine Apple Co. Located on the front of Terminal Station B at the corner of Niagara and Busti Avenues. 

"1800s Bikes in Vines" by Nicole Cherry. Located at 1330 Niagara Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2019. Cherry combines her signature eye for color and pattern with imagery inspired by the building’s future occupant: a bicycle shop.

Located at 585 Niagara Street. "Patria, Será Porque Quisiera Que Vueles, Que Sigue Siendo Tuyo Mi Vuelo" = Homeland, Perhaps It Is Because I Wish to See You Fly, That My Flight Continues to Be Yours. The artist is Betsey Casanas. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in partnership with the Rich Family Fund for Community Access in 2017.

Mural on the front of the Buffalo Alternative Therapies building by 12 Grain Studio. Located at 1315 Niagara Street.

"Black Rock Mural," by Wilson "Steve" Stephens, painted next to his house at 19 Mason St near Breckenridge and Niagara. The man on the left side of the mural is General Porter, who is purposively pointing to the 19 Mason residence. Behind them is Niagara Falls. In the center of the mural is a maroon and white structure, symbolizing the Union Meeting House at 44 Breckenridge. Two small slaves appear to the left of the House, hinting that the House was likely a stop within Buffalo's Underground Railroad before they reached nearby Broderick Park. The trees in the top right represent Squaw Island, another likely part of the Underground Railroad. For more on this area, visit my blog post here.

Hertel 

"Untitled" by Eduardo Kobra. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2019. In designing his mural for 1188 Hertel Avenue, São Paulo-based artist Kobra immersed himself in Western New York’s history. During his research, he found himself drawn to the legacy of one of the region’s most famous residents, Mark Twain, and his perhaps less well-known—but nonetheless significant—friendship with John T. Lewis.

"Lookin' Good" by Casey Milbrand. A blast of bold color and '70s-era typography, is located at 1472 Hertel Avenue on the side of CRāVing Restaurant.

"Magic Buffalo" by Bunnie Reiss. Located at 1322 Hertel Avenue. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Art Initiative, 2017.  Reiss’s mural for the Hertel Avenue location of Joe’s Deli, entitled Magic Buffalo, features her signature interweaving of dreamlike imagery and mythological themes with delicate geometric tracery. Her work is influenced by her Polish and Russian heritage—especially Poland’s brightly colored folk art and the magical worlds of Russian fairytales—as well as her interest in unseen histories and our connection to animals and nature.

"Magic Buffalo" by Bunnie Reiss. Located at 1322 Hertel Avenue. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Art Initiative, 2017.  Reiss’s mural for the Hertel Avenue location of Joe’s Deli, entitled Magic Buffalo, features her signature interweaving of dreamlike imagery and mythological themes with delicate geometric tracery. Her work is influenced by her Polish and Russian heritage—especially Poland’s brightly colored folk art and the magical worlds of Russian fairytales—as well as her interest in unseen histories and our connection to animals and nature.

Buffalo mural on the side of the MVP Network Consulting building by Mario Zucca. Located at 1297 Hertel Avenue.

"weego" by Chuck Tingley & Matt Grote. Located at 1503 Hertel Avenue. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2018. This mural celebrates nostalgia for cartoons, video games, and other imaginative preoccupations of youth. The imagery of this hot-air balloon fleet was inspired by the classic Nintendo, arcade, and puzzle-based board games of the artists’ childhoods. 

"Gord Downie" by Rory Allen. Located at 1669 Hertel Avenue.

"We Are Here" by White Bicycle. Located at 1260 Hertel Avenue. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2018.  This dynamic take on a map of this North Buffalo neighborhood, roughly bordered in this rendering by Taunton Place and Linden, Elmwood, and Parker Avenues. At a distance, the word “we” subtly emerges in shades of yellow and orange. This symbolic gesture suggests a vision of community based in equal parts shared and distinct identities, a space where we honor our common values even as we celebrate what makes us different.

"Goo Goo Dolls" by Philip Burke. Located at 1212 Hertel Avenue.

"Hertel Postcard" by Vinny Alejandro. Located at 1787 Hertel Avenue on the corner of Voorhees.

Hertel Alley

Mural by Chuck Tingley.

"Yellow Buffalo" by Nicole Cherry. 

"Pizza Mural" by Elyssa Harper

"Til death do us part" by Ashley Kay.

Mural by Mic Excel

East Side

"The Freedom Wall" by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed. Located at the corner of Michigan & East Ferry Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in 2017. The corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street in Buffalo is the northern entrance into the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor: a nexus of the city’s deeply rooted African American history. It marks the intersection of the honorary Richard Allen and Harriet Tubman Ways, and it is home to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Bethel AME). Organized in 1831, Bethel AME is Buffalo’s oldest black religious institution and served as a critical station on the Underground Railroad.

"The Freedom Wall" by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed. Located at the corner of Michigan & East Ferry Street. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in 2017. The corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street in Buffalo is the northern entrance into the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor: a nexus of the city’s deeply rooted African American history. It marks the intersection of the honorary Richard Allen and Harriet Tubman Ways, and it is home to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Bethel AME). Organized in 1831, Bethel AME is Buffalo’s oldest black religious institution and served as a critical station on the Underground Railroad.

"Welcome Wall" by Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez. Located at 751 Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo's Polonia District. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Art Initiative, 2017.  Formerly the location of the Copacabana Jazz Club, 751 Fillmore Avenue has sat vacant for over a decade near the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore on Buffalo’s East Side. The mural incorporates the word “welcome” in the 13 languages BFNHS outreach identified as representative of this diverse neighborhood: Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, English, Farsi, French, German, Polish, Seneca, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

"Work and Play" by Otecki (Wojciech Kołacz). Located at 617 Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo's Polonia District. Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative in 2018. Otecki finds influence in Cubism, non-Western art, and Slavonic folklore. He is fond of presenting dualistic worlds and characters; especially human-animal combinations that are “part majesty and part mystery,” as the artist puts it.

Skateland by Chuck Tingley. Located at 33 E Ferry.

Painting found on a building in Hamlin Park.

Unknown artist, found in the Fruit Belt District.

"Kaisertown" by Vinny Alejandro. Located at the corner of Clinton and Weiss Streets.

Old First Ward

"Old First Ward" by artists Vinny Alejandro and Yames. Located at 60 Alabama Street, on the side of the Community Steel Building facing Republic Street.

"Old First Ward" by Vinny Alejandro. Located at 493 South Park, between Alabama and Louisiana Streets.

"The Worker" located on the old Brock’s warehouse between Tennessee and Kentucky streets. The project was headed by The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo group. This piece of "The Worker" is by Nicole Cherry, which shows molten metal and flying sparks paying homage to the neighborhood's industrial past.

"The Worker" located on the old Brock’s warehouse between Tennessee and Kentucky streets. The project was headed by The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo group. This photo shows Nick Miller’s painting, “Brakemen” a tribute to those who worked on the railways fills the word THE.

"The Worker" located on the old Brock’s warehouse between Tennessee and Kentucky streets. The project was headed by The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo group. Also done by Nick Miller, displaying the word "WORKER" with images including the Harbor, police and firemen.

"The Worker" located on the old Brock’s warehouse between Tennessee and Kentucky streets. The project was headed by The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo group. The end of the mural displays scoopers working with grain in the hold of a lake freighter.

South Buffalo

"Larkinville" by Vinny Alejandro. Located 149 Van Rensselaer Street.

Murals found inside the Perot Elevator in Silo City

Murals found inside the Perot Elevator in Silo City

Grant Street

"Ganesha" by Ian de Beer and Liz Ives. Located at 133 Grant Street. 

Global voices by Augustina Droze. Found at 185 Grant Street near Auburn. Flowers flow from trumpets played by a Puerto Rican man and young boy. An African-American woman smiles beatifically next to an Italian businessman, a world-weary Burmese dancer, and sweet-faced Middle Eastern girl. Above them are historic black and white photographs of three white immigrants taking citizenship oaths.

"Black Rock Geology" by Marissa Lehner and Marcus L. Wise. Located at the corner of Amherst and Grant Streets. 

Black Rock

Mural located at recently renovated  Buffalo Cider Hall, 155 Chandler Street. Done by Chuck Tingley.

"Polish Buffalo" located at 927 Grant Street in Black Rock neighborhood. 

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