Groundswell Artist

Micaela Anaya

Self-taught, Chicago-born, artist Micaela Anaya has been cultivating her craft for fifteen years. Her figurative works, painted with a deep and vivid palette, speak to the social realist tradition of her family’s native Mexico. The subject matter is at once an exaltation of the sacred feminine and a challenge to the systems of oppression that seek to diminish it. Micaela believes in art as a necessary means of individual expression and a collective means for social change.   You may find Micaela’s art online at
Micaela Anaya's profile


  • Project | 2016

    Compass of Dreams

    Painted on a handball court, the mural, entitled Compass of Dreams, illustrates two complementary scenes across the front and back of the handball wall. One side honors young peoples resilience to overcome challenges, and the other celebrates the power of play and imagination.
  • Project | 2016

    Sunsets and Stars

    Students at PS 169 created a welcoming mural inspired by the Core Values of their school: F. I. R. E. (Friendship, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence). These values are an opportunity to encoura...
  • Project | 2016

    Love is the Main Ingredient / Amor es el Ingrediente Principal

    Love is the Main Ingredient / Amor es el Ingrediente Principal was painted by Comunilifes Life is Precious group, a suicide prevention group for young Latina women. The mural is housed in ...
  • Project | 2015

    The Women of Brownsville: Telling Our Story

    The artist team behind this project, consisting of only women, explored the hidden treasures of Brownsvilles industrious women leaders through The Women of Brownsville: Telling Our Story. ...
  • Project | 2015

    The Beauty of Balance

    This street art-inspired mural affirms the core values of the Secondary School for Law: Justice, Equity, Family, and Community. One of four schools housed on the John Jay Campus in Park Slope, the ...