Saturday, July 13, 2019

Reno Mural Festival - End Day 1

While the muralists were getting ready for another long, hot day, the sun was painting its own murals across Reno.

All the muralists made amazing progress last night and today in spite of the heat. Apparently there are five judges and it will be “brushes down” at 10:00 am tomorrow. I wouldn’t want to be one of the judges. This is an amazing group of artists and choosing one would be torture.

People’s choice award voting will happen all day tomorrow at the ArtFest booth in front of the murals on the walls of Circus Circus. The last picture taken for each artist is shown by their names. Some are close to being finished; some will still change significantly.

David Puck - “Imagination"
Instagram @DavidPuckArtist 

“To the eyes of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.” — William Blake

Artist bio: David Puck is a figurative painter and muralist, working in spray paint & oil. Originally from England, they are currently based in California. Through colorful abstracted portraits, their work explores queer experience and mental health. They are inspired by the balance and interaction of opposing forces - realism and abstraction, narrative and obfuscation, joy and melancholy. They have an academic background in Queer History from The University of Oxford, and is currently studying towards working in mental health support. Collectors include Mayim Bialik (TV's Big Bang Theory) and brand Hank&Henry Beauty. Their supporters include drag icons Jinkx Monsoon, Mayhem Miller and Delta Work. Notable mural projects include NYC World Pride, Wide Open Walls festival, Art Share LA, and Meeting Of Styles - so far they have painted murals in eight countries - from Nicaragua to Germany. They are represented by Art Attack SF for the Bay Area CA, and exhibit internationally. 


Eric Weatherford - "Fat Bird"
OddWall Painting, Decatur, Ill

After receiving his BA in Studio Art from Millikin University in Decatur IL, Eric has been doing freelance painting and design throughout the Central Illinois area. He has painted murals all across the Midwest, designed logos for local businesses, displayed his paintings at galleries all over the nation, and has now created ODDWALL Painting to bring his creative talent to those looking to take their business or home to the next level.

Ivan Roque - “The Price of Royalty"

Ivan is a prolific muralist focusing on contemporary metaphorical themes in nature. He uses an unusual form of grid which we decided to call a "doodle grid.” Grids tend to be mathematical and linear. Ivan’s grid is loose, uses symbols placed in a somewhat chaotic form on the wall, and as Ivan says, “It’s fun." The sketch is then transferred to wall using the  grid. 


Rafael Blanco - “Frida”

Painter, muralist and Art Professor at Feather River College in Quincy, California.


Kate O’Hara - “Crab"

I'm a freelance Illustrator living in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in illustration and typography. I'm currently available for projects, please contact me at


Melissa Ghiglieri - “Bear”
Instagram: @mel.ghig


Jiminai - 

Muralist inspired by all things Japanese.

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