Paint massive pictures on walls and other large surfaces.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $90,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Muralists do?

A Muralist creates large-scale depictions of a scene or idea. These works are generally larger-than-life, and many times you use walls and building sides as your canvases. Because size is a defining aspect of your Muralist profession, it is hard to find organizations that need your services on a daily basis. As a result you tend to work as a freelancer.

To do work as a Muralist, you must be able to scale up your artistic ability and vision. You first sketch out your ideas, then figure out how to expand your vision. The use of computer design in this scaling is becoming popular. Then you paint! And even though you sketched out your design this is no paint by numbers—you are an Artist so will be touching up and redesigning the work all the way to the end.

As a Muralist you are working in a wonderfully rich historical tradition. However you are also working in a field that is not tremendously large in our present day. So if business is slow, consider balancing working on murals with other tasks that leverage your talents as a large scale Artist and Designer. Helping with the decoration and design in hotels or restaurants, or working with city governments in urban beautification would be a couple possibilities. This is still large scale art, you are just using other materials beside paint to create it.

Should I be a Muralist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Mural Artist

    How to become a Muralist

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