Coquitlam’s Streetscape Enhancement Program was created to beautify the City, provide engaging public spaces, and support business growth and retention. The program adds new infrastructure and amenities to neighbourhoods currently not undergoing redevelopment. A key component of the Streetscape Enhancement Program is the Mural Project.
In consultation with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm First Nation, as well as Coquitlam’s Cultural Services Advisory Committee, the first phase of the Mural Project launched in summer 2023, with a series of murals being installed in high-visibility strategic locations throughout the City. The murals will be designed around the themes of belonging and diversity.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.
The call for 2023 mural artists closed on July 7, 2023 at 2 p.m. Artists will be announced shortly then mural installation will follow. For details, refer to the RFIQ - Call for Artists 2023-2024 Mural Program.
Laura Kwok is an illustrator and muralist with a playful spirit and an old soul. She is captivated by the beauty of nature and her artwork is merely a small ode to the grandeur of the natural world. Her recent work focuses on capturing the ethereal life cycles of flowers and creating a visual language of botanical symbolism as a means of expression. Laura’s style is often described as bright, whimsical, and full of joy.
Her murals can be found all around the Lower Mainland, having collaborated with local businesses like Pajo’s Fish & Chips and the Steveston Sweet Shoppe, to organizations such as Tourism Richmond, TransLink, and BC Children’s Hospital. Laura hopes to continually connect with humans and strengthen communities through painting and adding colour to the world.
Lay Hoon, better known by her moniker Arty Guava, is a Malaysian-born artist who currently resides in Vancouver, Canada. Her creative practice includes an array of mediums such as digital art, traditional painting, large-scale murals, and digital art installations.
After graduating with a degree in Bioengineering, Lay Hoon pivoted towards the creative industry to pursue her passion. She spent a decade in Singapore, where she worked with globally renowned brands like Heineken, Shiseido, and SK2, primarily in branding and packaging. In 2019, Lay Hoon migrated with her family to Canada and rekindled her artistic practice during the pandemic. Her work quickly gained popularity, and Lay Hoon began to receive commissions from notable brands such as Coach, Herschel, Society 6, Ong Shunmugam, and Frankie Magazine.
Lay Hoon draws inspiration from various sources, including her childhood in Malaysia, nature, and dance. Her designs feature vibrant flowers, celebratory poses, and animals moving freely through the wild, conveying a buoyant lust for life sprinkled with a hint of fantasy. She sees her art practice as a means to express her desire for more harmony in the world, encouraging people to live in harmony with one another, nature, the environment, and themselves.
Over the past few years, Lay Hoon's exploration of themes such as sisterhood, dance as an expression of freedom, balance, and self-care has been a continuous driving force in her creative process. Her art embodies a sense of joy and positivity that reflects her passion for life and her love for the world around her.
Angie Quintanilla (keen-tah-knee-yah) Coates is an artist originally from Monterrey, Mexico, based in Port Moody, BC. When she moved to Canada 21 years ago, Coquitlam became her first Canadian home, and will always hold a special place in her heart. Angie's art is fueled by a passion for vibrant colors and a resilient sense of optimism, drawing inspiration from her rich Mexican heritage and the breathtaking Canadian landscapes. Her commitment to sustainability drives her to incorporate eco-friendly practices into her creative process whenever possible.
In her artistic journey, Angie has created a unique style that resonates with audiences worldwide, receiving commissions from brands like Warby Parker, M&M’s, McDonalds, The United Nations, The New York Times and Dr. Martens.
Angie believes that art has the power to connect people, transcend cultural barriers, and convey universal emotions.
As a self-taught artist, she deeply appreciates the opportunity to pursue a career in art. Through her colourful pieces she invite viewers to join her in celebrating the connection between artistic expression and joy.
Place des Arts was selected for one of the six Streetscape Enhancement locations for the 2023 Mural Program. Their mural theme is Alice in Wonderland, which relates to their upcoming Summer Theatre Troupe “Through the Looking Glass”.
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Jocelyn Sanchez is a Latine interdisciplinary artist and illustrator who creates work under the moniker of “creamy skeletons.” Jocelyn graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Visual Art and has an M.A in Animation from the University of South Wales. In the past three years she has worked with communities in the Metro Vancouver area to create murals and paintings, including working with the Vancouver Mural Festival. She has also worked with the City of Burnaby through the Deer Lake Artist Residency program to create interactive stories through digital games.
Her work can be described as self-reflexive and impulsive through the techniques of automatic drawing. She is influenced by the styles of pop surrealism, the divinity of animals and latine religious folk art. Jocelyn’s work contains themes of cultural identity, magic, and memory to explore feelings of diaspora, and escapism.
The piece immediately calls attention with the Coast Salish spindle whorl face at its centre, ringed by protective “ripples” that feature the area’s plants and animals. The art symbolizes Indigenous presence on this land, guardianship of the territory, and the life cycles of the Northwest Coast. Not all the birds are local, representing the diverse cultures present in this region.
Since the summer of 2018, the Raven-Tacuara collaborative artistic history has been vibrant and consistent. The collective’s public art murals can be found in the Northwest of British Columbia, and individually our artists work can be found across Canada.
Bringing influences from the traditional and contemporary indigenous styles of the Coastal First Nations, along with themes of abstraction and illustration, environment and culture, the artists create works that build a sense of place in the community.
The process of their collaborations is evolution of ideas, open to one another’s input and re-interpretation. As they approach each new wall they come together as one, to lay out colour and layers bringing a blank wall to a new statement for awareness and enjoyment. This process is the base of every project the collective brings to life.
The Raven-Tacuara collective is Facundo Gastiazoro, Amanda Hugon, Stephanie Anderson and Travis Hebert all residing in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley region of British Columbia.
Facundo Gastiazoro – Argentinian
Professional Muralist with over 20 years experience, completing works across the Northwest Coast, and in Argentina. Along side his mural work, Focundo is also proficient in Illustrations and Filming. Resides in Smithers, BC.
Amanda Hugon – Stó:lō: kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, Cheam and Michif Professional Artist
A long-time artist from the community of Terrace, British Columbia. She is a graduate of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art and specializes in creating a fusion of her contemporary art style with traditional Northwest Coast Art. Resides in Terrace, BC.
Stephanie Anderson – Laksilyu (Small Frog) Wet’suwet’en Nation
Professional Artist with over 10 years experience in Northwest Coast Art, Sculpture, and Deisgn. Current Instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. A lifetime resident of Terrace, BC.
Travis Hebert – Cree, Métis
Musician and Mixed Media Artist. Travis is a Solo Artist and former member of Mob Bounce. He has been creating original musical works to high acclaim and has had his tracks featured in the locally produced “Monkey Beach” film. Resides in Witset, BC.
kʷikʷəƛ̓əm team, led by Sweewa (Joseph Kambeitz) an esteemed kʷikʷəƛ̓əm elder, Master carver, Jewelry Maker and Hand Engraver
Joseph was born in 1944 and he is a member of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). His traditional name is Sweewa, which means small eulachon in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.
Born into a family of artists, Joseph began his life as an artist in early childhood when a terrible accident resulted in the loss of his left arm at age 11. He learned woodcarving and crafted his first piece at age 16. In 1962, he began several years of study at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr) before spending a dozen years as a commercial artist.
Joseph is mainly self-taught and combines modern techniques with a traditional Salish style. He has carved wood and ivory, painted oils and water colour, made drums and in 1996 he taught himself to engrave copper, silver, gold and platinum jewelry. His influences include Bill Reid and Harry Sarber.
In over 60 years of carving and jewelry making, Joseph has produced pieces of various sizes, both publicly and privately commissioned, that have been exhibited and sold in galleries throughout BC. Several art pieces have been donated to support charitable fundraising efforts such as Pacific Salmon Foundation, BC Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited.
Joseph is passionate about sharing his knowledge and mentoring other artists, and he enjoys working on art projects that engage the community. Joseph has been married to his wife Julia for over 54 years and has two sons, as well as one grandchild.
Become a 2023 or 2024 Mural Corporate Partner and build brand awareness while contributing to Coquitlam's streetscape.
For more details, email our Corporate Partners team.
The Streetscape Enhancement Program recognizes Coquitlam’s strong history of investing in public spaces through streetscape standards and guidelines for new developments, supporting community and economic development, and contributing towards an inclusive, safe, active, healthy and involved community.
For more details, visit the Streetscape Standards and Guidelines page.