Art Murals in Harlem

If there was one good thing that came out of the pandemic, it was that we all got a chance to slow down.  We got outside. We walked around Harlem. We were able to really look at and appreciate our surroundings…see Harlem for all it is, especially its art.

We decided to put all this together with a mural walking list using pictures available online as sometimes our camera skills are not that great.


If we missed your fav, let us know and we'll update the blog.



CHANGE THE WORLD (Col Wallnuts)

127th St & Madison Ave.
This mural was painted on the side of a school right over a Harlem playground. 


PLANET HARLEM (Paul Deo)
Northwest corner of Malcolm X Blvd and 126th St.
Paul Deo, the artist behind the mural showing some of the greats like Tupac, Langston Hughes and Barack Obama, says going to the Apollo Theatre started his love of art. 


YOUNG GIFTED & HARLEM (Ronald Draper)
Morningside Ave and W 120th St.
You can’t miss this bright mural covering an entire brick wall of PS180.  


SPIRIT OF HARLEM (Louis Delsarte)
Southeast corner of 125th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Back in 2017 this mural was covered up with black bricks by the Footlocker on the corner.  People just weren’t having it though, so a year later it was restored to its original glass mosaic.


DIZZY GILLESPIE (Brandan Bmike Odums and Marthalicia Matarrita)
229 W 135th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Blvds.
This mural was painted to celebrate what would be Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday. It’s pretty big and takes up the entire wall of the building.


MARLEY DIAS (Lmnopi)
PS92 (Mary McLeod Bethune) at 222 W 134th St.
This mural of then 11 year old Marley Dias - founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign was painted on a school by street artist, Lmnopi.


LET’S GET SOME LADIES UP HERE (Elle)
On the back of PS154 - 126th St off Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.
The artist, Elle is known for painting about women empowerment. This one is of two ladies made up of images of other women.  This is believed to be the largest Harlem mural from the campaign, Education Is Not a Crime.


 A FAMILY'S TREE (Alexandre Keto)

Amsterdam News, 2340 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
This mural shows two women and a child under a baobab tree. This artist paints to pay homage to under-represented Afro-Brazilian people.  The Baobab tree was brought to Brazil by Africans, and symbolizes knowledge and wisdom.


THE CAGE IS THE BIRDS (Jacopo Ceccarelli aka: 2501)
23rd St & Lexington Ave.
Artist - 2501 painted this mural of birds breaking out of a cage, to show his support of freedom for journalists in Iran.