Murals of San Mateo and More

Did you know that there are more than 50 Public Arts Pieces in the City of San Mateo?  Some of our favorites include the various murals throughout downtown San Mateo. They are certainly on the rise! Have you noticed all the new art? In addition to amazing backdrops for all of your Instagram and Snapchat photos, they add intrigue, interest and make each day a bit more colorful. Discover new favorites and share your San Mateo art scenes with us @BayMeadowsLife. Take a peek at some of our personal favorites below:

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image by @redwoodlisa / Ricky Watts Mural at Flax Art San Mateo

Learn more about SF Bay artist Ricky Watts, the creative genius behind all of that color we love so much. This talented artist creates the most beautiful backdrops we see in so many photos all over the Bay.

Local San Mateo artist Todd Lanam recently completed a stunning new mural on Tilton Avenue at North B Street. The new artwork, entitled “The Beach Back Home” reflects the Pacific island roots of many San Mateo residents and is meant to trigger a feeling of nostalgia that many of the residents in that area feel when they think about where they are from. “San Mateo is a great place to grow up and many of my paintings are a celebration of my memories as a child here. It has a dynamic landscape with beautiful hills, rich architecture and warm California light. I spent my childhood exploring the city with my friends and continue to be inspired by the great moments and places we discovered.” Todd hopes the mural can spark further discussions of how to incorporate more art in our public spaces. There are many great artists here and it would be great to see more of their work throughout the community. Read more here.

Image by @downtownsanmateo Todd Lanam Mural Tilton Ave & N B St

Image by @downtownsanmateo Todd Lanam Mural Tilton Ave & N B St


image by @danielbeckphoto Elna Oo Mainstreet Garage

image by @danielbeckphoto Elna Oo Mural Mainstreet Garage

Jerusalem based Elna is a visual artist who works in different fields (paintings, screen prints, sculptures, murals and street art). His signature style is best described as very iconic and in the same time always evolving.Partly inspired by pop culture and modern art met with tribal folk art and traditional ornaments his work is always intriguing and engages the public with shapes, colors and positive signs. 3 artists whom Elna admires include: Interesni Kazki, Steven Harrington and Gab.

Here’s a look inside his personal sketch book that he uses on a daily basis to memorialize his inspirations…

Image credit: Elna Oo

Image credit: Elna Oo

Step out and enjoy some of San Mateo’s public art! The Art in Public Places program encourages the public to explore and engage with these and other works of art around San Mateo.
San Mateo City Insider gives us the scoop…

If you frequent San Mateo you’ve probably seen some of the beautiful and creative art pieces that are on display throughout the town. From Synthesis in front of 2000 Delaware to the El Camino Mural in front of Peninsula Station, these displays of art are becoming more prevalent throughout the community thanks to the Art in Public Places program.

The San Mateo Bridge sculpture in Landing Green Park is a series of steel structures so that when you walk around it you can appreciate the sculpture from a wide variety of different angles.

The newest public art display that is a part of this program will be unveiled later this year. The “Mirror Labyrinth NY – for California” will be front and center in the Town Square of Bay Meadows. This sculpture is a large scale steel and aluminum sculpture that will reflect all of the lighting from surrounding businesses and homes making it a delight to see a night. During the day, kids will love wandering through the small paths created by the structure.

Stewart thinks this piece of art will be a big hit, as most of the other art pieces around town have been well-received by San Mateo residents. Stewart said that “…there has been an appreciation for what has been installed so far,” and with new developments always in the works, the program is bound to be incredibly successful. rates Bay Meadows high on the list for walkable locations to live on the San Francisco Peninsula and for good reason! Why? Because we are steps from shopping (Hillsdale Center), groceries (Whole Foods), parks, a farmer’s market and an easy bike-ride from downtown San Mateo with its burgeoning restaurant scene. San Mateo’s shared Bay Bikes are on-site, so no need to own your own. And Caltrain is a quick stroll from anywhere in the neighborhood. Learn all about connecting the dots for your many transportation options with Connect San Mateo.