Murals of San Juan del Sur~

The sleepy beach town of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua has some awesome outdoor murals.

The murals are thirty meters in length,

And depict sea creatures native to Nicaragua.

The artist who painted them is Jose Mariano Quintero.

He also contributed murals to Nicaragua’s National Assembly.

The artist’s purpose in painting these murals was to depict the beauty of the ocean’s creatures,

And the need to protect their fragile home.

We are home at The Holler now, but it is cheers to you from peaceful San Juan del Sur~

246 thoughts on “Murals of San Juan del Sur~

  1. These murals are absolutely stunning, Cindy. So vivid and painted with such skill. So glad you shared them with us.

    They’re probably the best I have ever seen in clarity and colour alone. What great subjects the artist chose too.

  2. My little boy enjoyed these pictures, thank you! One of his favourite tv shows is set in the sea (Octonauts) so he was able to correctly identify most of the creatures.

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  4. His work reminds one of Wyland.
    In the twenty years or so that we have done extensive traveling, it has been wonderful to see how popular murals have become. These are great.

  5. I, too, love seeing these murals. The colors are so vivid!!! Hurrah for a town which respects the lives of their neighbors who live in the ocean enough to commission this terrific artwork. Thank you for sharing these images with the rest of us.

  6. We’ve been fortunate enough to be about 1m away from orcas in the wild. The photographs capture the vibrancy of the murals of the orcas, and the beauty of sea life: thank you for sharing that!

  7. There’s very little more I can add to all the amazing responses to the murals captured by your amazing photos. Such murals should not only capture our attention, but also remind us of the immense diversity and beauty of our mostly unseen aquatic life forms whose lives are now at risk because of human behavior.

    • Hugs back to you Rebecca and thank you my friend. I wish I could beam us over right now to Hudson Bay. The polars are clustering, getting ready to go out on the ice. It would be wonderful to see them.

  8. I adore these shots, Cindy. I believe artists help raise awareness, and that the more public the art is, the more people it reaches.
    Beautiful post! In my top 15!

  9. The colours of the murals are rich and fully saturated. The images include an incredible realism. The ocean’s creatures appear alive and ready to jump out their murals on to the unsuspecting spectator. Great photos, Cindy!

    • I do get colour in The Holler. It changes by season. Now winter is coming. The creek will run faster and more furious, the hills and valleys will be carpeted in green, but the old oaks will lose their leaves.

  10. Oh my, Cindy!!! To see this first hand must have been breath taking. They are stunning but I wonder do they help? When are we going to figure out we are the reason everything is endangered? I don’t want to live in a world where they are only a painting on the wall and no longer alive in the oceans. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this with us. Wow!!

  11. Reblogged this on SUSANNE LEIST and commented:
    So beautiful, I had to share.

    The sleepy beach town of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua has some awesome outdoor murals.

    The murals are thirty meters in length,

    And depict sea creatures native to Nicaragua.

    The artist who painted them is Jose Mariano Quintero.

    He also contributed murals to Nicaragua’s National Assembly.

    The artist’s purpose in painting these murals was to depict the beauty of the ocean’s creatures,

    And the need to protect their fragile home.

    We are home at The Holler now, but it is cheers to you from peaceful San Juan del Sur~

    • Thank you Lakshmi for your kind appreciation. That last photo is of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua. I am sorry I did not make things more clear. Be well my friend <3

  12. What a beautiful vivid handcrafted reminder to us to become more attentive to our environment, and especially so to the oceans of our world, – which seemingly we use as dumping grounds for our waste !! Plastics being one of the many enemies to our Sea Life. May his message reach far and wide, and urge us to take little steps toward – no more plastics – to save our oceans ! Thanks for sharing with us. ❤

    • He especially focuses on plastics, because of course, they are so detrimental to sea creatures. His art has this wonderful way of drawing you and helping you realize how precious our world really is. And he does it so gently. I am a fan. Thank you for appreciating his complexity.

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  14. Beautiful artwork. He gives the mammals character and personalizes them with the happy and gentle like expressions and the beautiful colors blended in, too.

    • Yes he does. I know he watched them closely, because I have watched so many wild creatures, and I just came back from hanging out with all these smiling belugas. Be well Joyce <3

  15. Wow! The colors of these murals are fantastic! What a great find, Cindy! I’ve heard good things ‘bout San Juan there (never been); closest I’ve gotten was a one time trip to Costa Rica & actually met some folks from Nicaragua there (rescued me on a jungle mountain where I’d gotten lost – too many trail options, lol!) 😊

  16. Dear Cindy
    absolutely amazing. What a great way to make us aware of the beauty of marine life.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • The best thing, hands down, about blogging, is the impactful people you get to meet and eventually know, people who are both preternaturally talented, and uniquely kind. These are my kind of people. You are this kind of person Charles, and it is a true gift to know you.

  17. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A special treat for you courtesy of the amazing blog of Cindy Knoke, whose images are always stunning, inspiring and uplifting.. Here is a perfect example as Cindy shares the artist Jose Mariano Quintero’s work in San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. I am sure you will agree and please head over to Cindy’s blog to view all the images and to add your own comment.. thanks Sally

  18. Really impressive! I wondered about the size, and whether they are on outside walls open to everyone . (I didn’t read all the comments, so in case you already explained that I’ll look back through them.)

    • They are thirty meters long, as tall as the sides of a one story building, and they are outside, in the elements, open for all to walk close to and admire. Thanks for caring.

  19. Stunning art from a brilliant artist in a stunning location! <3 You don't think he can come paint a mural in my house, do you? 😉 Hope you're having a wonderful week, Cindy!

  20. I love, love murals! I never seem to be in the right place to photograph the super-fantastic ones, but I’m happy to enjoy them through the camera lens of others. These are amazing. Thanks–again!

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