Posted Jul 24, 2020 | By Alejandra Cerball

Amazing Street Murals, Sculptures + Art Galleries in Oxnard

Oxnard is blessed with a beautiful coastline, perfect year-round weather, and plenty of things to do like whale watching, kayaking, and island-hopping adventures to Channel Islands National Park.

Take a drive to this coastal town, and you’ll also find an up and coming art scene. From amazing street murals from homegrown artists to museums with beautiful vintage cars, exit the 101 and check out the latest exhibitions in town.

Searching for something to do with the family? Want a cool backdrop for your next Insta photo? We’ve rounded up the top spots where to find art in Oxnard.

Mural by Evan Mendel

Street Murals – Downtown Oxnard

Artist: Dayane Zuniga
Title:
“deconstructed” and “Avo” – in collaboration with various artists including @xochitzillin
Art:
Murals
Location:
Across the street from Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard

On your visit to Downtown Oxnard, check out two art murals by Oxnard artist, Dayane Zuniga. The artwork covers boarded up windows in a former laundromat across the street from Plaza Park. The first piece is called “Deconstructed” and features bold and colorful colors and unique design. The second piece, “Avo,” is a collaborative effort between other artists and features the face of a beautiful woman above the words “Love is Love.” “It was created to bring light and celebrate the LGBTQ community here in our city,” she says.

“Deconstructed” on the left and “Avo” on the right; murals by Oxnard artist Dayane Zuniga.

Artist: Moni the Artist
Title:
“Rainbows and Unicorns”
Art:
Mural
Location:
Across the street from Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard

Oxnard Artist Moni Sanchez creates minimal and abstract art, using simplistic lines and patterns. You can find her beautiful and colorful piece, “Rainbows and Unicorns” in Plaza Park.

“As a member of the LGBTQ community, this was especially significant for me to create and be a part of. I love that this work is so colorful and vibrant, and I’m so proud of the way it turned out,” she told VisitOxnard.com.

In 2015, she helped design and created a large mural on the Oxnard College campus, next to the Art Department. “I designed the mural which depicts our strawberry farm workers against our beautiful ocean sunset in Oxnard,” she says. After completing the piece, she took a three-year break following heart surgery. She’s now more excited than ever about creating more art for the community.

Rainbows and Unicorns by Moni the Artist

Artists: Mike Medina and Oscar Medina
Art:
Mural
Location:
Next to Sabor on Oxnard Blvd and 6th street

Mural by Mike Medina and Oscar Medina

Artist: Unknown

Photo by Seven Six Zero Photography @seven_six_zero
Title:
“Viva Oxnard”
Art:
Mural
Location:
1st and C Street on the side of the market.

Artist: Huicho Le @huichole
Photo by
Roberto Varela @dr1beat
Art:
“Dinastia Garcia” - Boxnard Mural

Location: Behind 333 W. 4th St. in Oxnard, CA.
Born and raised in California, Artist Hüicho Lé creates art to “bring respect and honor to the indigenous community.” His boxing mural is located on 4th street between B & C streets.

Ocean-Inspired Art – Silver Strand

Next on your list, explore art at the beach. To find the murals created by various artists on the sand, head toward Silver Strand’s southern point. Follow the murals to the point, climb atop the jetty, and you’ll find the steel remains of La Jenelle, a luxury ocean liner that shipwrecked in April 1970.

Artist:
Evan Mendel
Art:
Various Murals
Location:
Silver Strand Beach

California based artist, Evan Mendel has been painting murals at Silver Strand Beach for approximately seven years. His contemporary style is a hybrid of graffiti and fine art. Over the years, he kept painting new walls and invited friends to contribute and revitalize the area with fresh art. “I think we opened up the community’s eyes to other forms of art, and that graffiti is not this one-dimensional thing that is only destructive,” he says. “We need young artists who are free to express themselves in the now, up on the walls. That’s what I would like to see, but I’m happy to say we have a bit of that going on at Silver Strand.”

To check out Evan’s work in Oxnard, visit his Instagram: @awonderfulmistake.

Mural by Evan Mendel

Artist: Jessica Mavros
Title:
“I Am Unoriginal”
Location:
Silver Strand Beach

Artist Jessica Mavros was inspired by love and uplifting messages from the community to create her first Silver Strand mural. The mural features two bold faces. The colors and imagery are symbolic of the transition from discouragement to inspiration. The name, “I Am Unoriginal,” came from “a demeaning remark someone close to me had said about my art,” she told VisitOxnard.com. The California State University, Channel Islands grad hopes to inspire people to show kindness to strangers through her art.

Blogger Mia Tan poses with Jessica Mavros’ “I Am Unoriginal” mural at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard. Photo by Brittney Hendricks

Cultural Murals – La Colonia

Artist: Ana M. Carillo and the Youth Summer Mural Program
Title:
“Latinx Empowerment” and “De Colores”
Location:
Back parking lot of the Oxnard Housing Authority Resident Services Offices at 1500 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard

These two murals in La Colonia are inspired by the community. The “Latinx Empowerment” mural shows Latinx leaders in medicine, space, botany, and literature. While the “De Colores” mural focuses on inclusion and diversity within Latinx culture and the Latinx community.

Street Art – Utility Box Artwork

Keep an eye out for bright, fun, and colorful utility boxes across town painted with scenes featuring boats, trains, wildlife, agriculture, and boxing culture.

Where to look:

  • Third & C – “Saving Ormond” Ode to Ormond Beach wetlands. Artist: Andi Shoenbaum, Oxnard Beach artist
  • Fourth & C – “Navy Town” Tribute to Oxnard’s military heritage, former USO site. Artist: Erasmo Espino, Traveling artist from Mexico who has several other murals in Oxnard, including at Sabor, Tacos la Bonia
  • Fifth & C – “Beaches & Berries” The first painted box in Downtown. Artist: Carl Soto, an Experienced Artist with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in Photography, Advertising, Video, Painting, special fx. Strong arts and design professional who graduated from Oxnard High.
  • Sixth & C – “The Oxnard Plain” Spray paint & acrylic. Tribute to migrant farmworkers. Artist: Antonio Macri Ortiz, Oxnard artist, son of housing advocate Barbara Macri Ortiz
  • Seventh & C – “Geometric Patterns” Abstract spray-painted images. Artist: Adolfo Ocampo, Oxnard artist, @i_am_legend91Fourth & B – “Mayan Influence” Stylized vision of a Mayan woman and UFO. Artist: Jason Mascow, Surrealist
  • Sixth & B – Open to be commissioned
  • Third & A – Open to be commissioned
  • Fourth & A – “Oxnard Odyssey” Marina & train station images. Artist: Shannon Ciela, Studio at Oxnard Shores
  • Fifth & A – “Iridescence” Abstract, movement. Artist: Abigail Zamora, New York-trained fine artist, military stationed in Port Hueneme Seabee base
  • Sixth & A – “Boxnard” Tribute to Oxnard boxing (vinyl wrap) Andrea Mendoza, Oxnard Graphic Designer
  • Fourth & Oxnard Blvd – “We Are” Personal Oxnard experience. Artist: Samantha McClain, Oxnard artist
  • Sixth & Oxnard Blvd – “Los Musicos” (Mexican street musicians) Artist: Brian Sendejaz, Oxnard artist
  • Seventh & Oxnard Blvd – Open to be commissioned
  • Fifth & Meta – Open to be commissioned
USO Inspired utility box artwork on Fourth Street and C Street in Oxnard.

Sculptures + Murals – The Collection at RiverPark

Shop, dine, and play at The Collection in Oxnard, and admire the colorful works of art from national and internationally recognized artists. From metal sculptures to ceramic tile murals, the installations at the center are inspired by the California Coast.

Artist:
Michael Amescua
Title:
“At the Beach,” “Chumash Water Goddess,” “La Ballena,” “Full Moon”
Art:
Cut Stainless Steel Sculpture, Salmon Run
Location:
The Collection at RiverPark

Catch Michael Amescua’s stainless steel sculptures on display at the Collection. The LA-based artist uses steel as his primary medium and approaches each project from design to fabrication as creating new artwork.

“Salmon Run” by Michael Amescua

Artist: Frank Bauer
Title:
“Sunset,” “Sunrise,” “The Aquarium”
Art:
Mosaic Tile Bench + Mural
Location:
The Collection at RiverPark

Do you ever stop and wonder how much time and detail goes into ceramic tile art? Frank Bauer creates colorful mosaic work featured on garden benches and a mural in The Collection. He shapes, glazes, and fires hundreds of individual clay pieces for each project.

“The Aquarium” by Frank Bauer

Artist: Walldogs
Title:
Channel Islands
Art:
Painted Mural
Location:
The Collection at RiverPark

Located near REI, get a taste for adventure while you soak in the view of this painted mural featuring the Channel Islands. Riley Forsythe is the owner of Walldogs, one of the last remaining classic hand-paint shops in the country. Snap a selfie in front of this mural, and be sure to tag @visitoxnardca and @TheCollectionRP on Instagram.

Channel Islands mural by Walldogs

Artist: Skye Sweet
Title:
Kindness in the Shape of Compassion
Art:
Painted Mural
Location:
The Collection at RiverPark

Skye’s art is guided by her lifelong desire to change the world and her passion for community and connecting with other humans on an emotional level. Her vibrant murals are designed with a goal of inspiring others to stop, put down their phones and become completely consumed by the story in the imagery. The new mural at The Collection tells the story of the many people who helped bring the shopping center to life, preserving their legacy in intricate details and vibrant colors.

We encourage you to snap a photo while visiting the mural and be sure to use the hashtag #LifeAtTCRP for a chance to have your photo featured!

“Kindness in the Shape of Compassion” by Skye Sweet

Museums in Oxnard – Art Galleries

Note – Some museums may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Channel Islands Maritime Museum – Bring the kids along to explore Maritime art, ship models, and learn about local history and shipwrecks. Don’t miss the Seascape gallery that features world-class ship models and paintings by Dutch, English, and French artists from 1600 to 1850.

Fun Fact: The oldest painting at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum is from 1622 by artist Adam Willaerts.

3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 92025 (805) 984-6260

The Murphy Auto Museum – Step back in time and check out vintage automobiles on display on Eastman Avenue. The cars at the museum regularly rotate so you can catch a glimpse of something new the next time you visit. The Fireball Art Gallery features the top Automotive Pop Culture and Design pieces from around the world.

1930 Eastman Avenue, Oxnard, California 93030 (805) 487-4333

Fireball Art Gallery at Murphy Auto Museum; Photo by Veronica Slavin.

Mullin Automotive Museum – If you love classic cars, add this museum to your list! The Mullin Automotive Museum celebrates 20th-century French automotive styling and design. The museum features Bugattis in pristine condition and various exhibitions. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for students and children 12 and under are free.

1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033 (805) 385-5400

Mullin Automotive Museum Art Gallery; Photo by Veronica Slavin.

Independent Art Gallery

Heidi F. Beal is a full time artist who exhibits and teaches comprehensive workshops in encaustic painting (molten beeswax mixed with pigment). Visit inside her studio, and see her artwork in person. She is usually working on many projects simultaneously and is happy to share her process. Find her on Instagram @heidi_beal.

Location: 2741 Victoria Avenue, Suite A at Fisherman’s Wharf, Oxnard, CA 93035

Conclusion

Grab your camera and plan your Oxnard Art crawl today. Want to explore arts and culture in Oxnard? Sample new flavors at the Oxnard Salsa Festival and experience something new at the Steampunk Fest. Bookmark this guide to local events in town to help you plan your next visit.


About the Author:

Alejandra Cerball (Journalist)

Alejandra Cerball is an award-winning journalist, writer, and travel + lifestyle blogger at alexcerball.com. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, packing tips, and destination guides for solo and adventure trips.

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