The Painted Desert Project : Alexis Diaz

The Painted Desert Project is a pretty awesome initiative to get artists to paint vendor stands and abandoned buildings along Highway 89 in northern Arizona, in hopes to draw visitors to the local Navajo community and challenge stereotypes of the people. The latest to be graced by art is this lonely billboard in Antelope Hills about 25 miles outside of Flagstaff painted by Alexis Diaz of La Pandilla. This incredibly detailed hand-winged raven hybrid is a stunning addition to the sparse environment, looking a bit worn and torn to match the deserts effects. Aside from its visual appeal he painted an animal that is found in Native folklore, with the raven considered a monster bird that eats people in the story of the Navajo way of life. Be sure to follow Alexis’ Instagram for progress shots and his latest ventures.