Amazing Street Murals, Sculptures + Art Galleries in Oxnard 

July 24, 2020

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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. 

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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. 

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

Artist: Moni the Artist 

LGBTQ Art

Rainbows and Unicorns by 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. 

Artists: Mike Medina and Oscar Medina 

Art: Mural 

Location: Next to Sabor on Oxnard Blvd and 6th street

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Mural by Mike Medina and Oscar Medina

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.

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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. 

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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: 

  • Fourth Street and A Street – “Oxnard Transit” – A transportation-themed box with paintings of a lifeguard station, a ship in the harbor, a train scene and a tractor.
  • Fourth Street and C Street – “Seabees” – A nod to the nearby Port Hueneme Naval Base featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and a sailor embracing his partner. 
  • Sixth Street and Oxnard Boulevard – “El Músico Norteño” – A Norteño musician with his bajo sexto on one side; an abstract floral design on the other.
  • Sixth Street and A Street – “Boxnard” – A nod to Oxnard’s homegrown champion boxers.
  • Sixth Street and C Street – “The Oxnard Plain” – An agriculture themed box.

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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.

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“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. 

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“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. 

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Channel Islands mural by Walldogs

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

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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

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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

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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.  

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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