Joshua Mays was born in 1976 in Denver, Colorado. A muralist and illustrator, his art features black subjects in fantastical settings and is considered by many to be an example of Afrofuturism.

Joshua has completed 4 murals here in Oakland. He wanted to “contribut[e] . . . to the elaborate creative conversation . . . in the Bay Area.” He is hoping that locals and visitors to Oakland will be inspired by his work and continue to “explore the diverse collection of colors, textures, sights and sounds.”

He studied illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and studied graphic design at the Community College of Denver. His creations have been featured in the District of Columbia, Denver, Portland, Philadelphia, Oakland, London, Johannesburg, Mexico City, and Jakarta.


  • 23rd Avenue and East 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94606.
  • 829 Vermont Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.
  • West Oakland, Oakland, CA.
  • Beacon Frequency Reader, 1700 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612.

~ by Jenelle Mitchell ~

External Links:

Mays, Joshua. “BEACON: An Oakland Mural Series by Joshua Mays.”

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