Post Office Mural – Richmond CA


Funded by the Treasure Section of Fine Arts, this oil on canvas mural  “Richmond – Industrial City” was painted by Victor Arnautoff. In addition to this mural and other New Deal post office murals in South San Francisco and Pacific Grove, CA and Linden, TX, Arnautoff painted murals at Coit Tower, George Washington High School, and the Presidio in San Francisco. His murals often focused on themes of labor, race, and class in the American experience.

“Born the the Ukraine of Russia, Victor Arnautoff became one of the most influential muralists in San Francisco in the 1930s and worked in the expressive, social protest style of Diego Rivera. He was also a painter, lithographer, sculptor, and respected teacher and the subjects of his art work ranged from portraits, still lifes, and landscapes early in his career to more socially conscious themes later.

He arrived in San Francisco in 1925, having travelled through China and Mexico. He enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts where he studied sculpture with Ralph Stackpole and painting with Edgar Walters. He returned to China for his wife and children, and returned to California via Mexico City where he studied with Rivera from 1929 to 1931.

The family then settled in San Francisco, and he taught at the California School of Fine Arts and from 1939 to 1963, was professor of art at Stanford University. Following the death of his wife, he returned to Russia where he continued his career as a painter and also as a mosaic muralist.”





Source notes 

"Victor Arnautoff: Passionate Paintings of the Bay Area Black Community in the Mid-20th Century" by William Mandel ( 

Lombardi, Suzanne Woodbury (1984). Politics and Humanism in the Depression Era Frescoes of Victor Arnautoff. Berkeley, California
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Location Info

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1025 Nevin Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801

Location notes:

Coordinates: 37.936842, -122.359756

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