Help Us Solve the Marilyn Monroe Mystery in Phoenix
For nearly a decade, an image of actress Marilyn Monroe caught the eyes of those who passed the northeast corner of 20th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix. The mural-sized rendition of the late sex symbol languished for more than 30 feet on a black background on the west side of a building occupied by Truckmasters, and although many are familiar with it, nobody seemed to know why it was there or who put it there.
One version offered to me a few years ago is that the owner of a motorcycle shop on that corner wanted to paint a sign on the building, advertising his business but couldn’t get a permit from the city. So, he commissioned the painting of Marilyn instead because it was a mural, not a sign. The signature under the painting merely said “Medina ’02” but there were no other clues.
We now know that the mural was painted by Artist Tim Medina. Unfortunately, it was painted over in the spring of 2016. Are you one of the lucky people who got to see it in its prime?
I’m guessing Medina did it.
A man by the name of Timothy Medina did it. He is an un known artist
Tim Medina is a self taught artist with 40 years experience.He lives in Scottsdale,Az.He is available for hire &you can contact me by email or call Tim @ 480 430 0111.
I’ve lived in Phoenix since I was 5. I am now almost 75. For years my husband and my Family have driven by Mr. Medina’s Marilyn and always marvel at his rendition of Marilyn Monroe. I am an artist, but certainly not on the extraordinary scale as Tim Medina! Certainly he now knows his Marilyn is well known and much appreciated. I personally am in Awe! Please tell Mr. Medina a Huge Thank You from probably thousands of his fans.
I will definitly relay the message.Its not a mystery Timothy Medina from Scottsdale did it.A shame it was painted over.
According to this: http://www.azcentral.com/closeup/articles/phoenix-murals-close-up.html a Thomas Medina painted it.
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Sorry to say, but this beautiful mural is now gone… May 2015.
Munich Motors painted their logo over it, much better I am sure.
That mural has outlasted every business in that location (most seem
to close within a year or two) and I am sure that will be the case here.
Too bad, I loved that painting.
If you would like to tell them what you think, let ’em know here:
I know who painted this he is my step-dad. But the painting isn’t there anymore. Some one retarded painted over it. You can email me