Curating art that is right for your taste and your space is equal parts enchanting and frustrating. Fortunately, in Tampa Bay, a host of enigmatic artists have diversified the art scene to a point where every taste is reflected on local gallery walls. For those looking to begin or continue their art collection, has featured here 5 artists we are more than enamored with. Our appreciation of their collective works only grows with time.   

Ya La’Ford

Ya La’Ford is a Tampa Bay-based, world-renowned artist whose mesmerizing labyrinth-like murals can be viewed at cultural touchstones across the country but most especially locally. La’Ford has leant her alluring talents to nonprofits in Tampa Bay, and has worked assiduously to support young, aspiring creatives in her own community. Her geometric designs emanate from the concept of interconnectivity and stimulating the public imagination.  For artist inquiries, contact: [email protected]   

Chad Mize & MIZE Gallery 

Nestled in Historic Uptown, Chad Mize and MIZE Gallery serve as a bastion of inventiveness. Chad Mize is known for his Mr. Sun design, recently featured as the wrap on the new Sunrunner Bus, his Twiggy mural, and of course the ubiquitous Paris, London, Tokyo, St. Pete tees.  Mize has used his notoriety to uplift other local artists. Each month Mize hosts a different themed exhibition featuring curated art from local artists. Whether in reference to classic pop culture, flowers in bloom, the political climate, or film, the work featured at Mize gallery is one-of-a-kind, and sure to define your space.  MIZE Gallery, 689 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North   


Dale Chihuly is known the world over for his glass work. You can take home those distinguished glass pieces from the Chihuly Collection store in St. Petersburg.  Vibrant, wavy, at times kaleidoscopic, his pieces are the home accents that breathe proverbial life into a space.  Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Avenue   

Michael Murphy Art Gallery 

Michael Murphy Art Gallery is 5,000 sq. ft and hosts more than 8,000 beautifully crafted frames to choose from. The new space also features two private viewing rooms and a club room. The viewing rooms allow you to see any work in a home-like setting and give you a private comfortable space to discuss your art needs. Their exhibitions range from regional artists to masterworks and all their framing comes with a lifetime guarantee. Michael Murphy specializes in office and home art consultation. Plus, they offer delivery and installation services.  The art here features massive and brilliant pops of color, depictions of nature and pop culture icons, and statement pieces capable of changing the entire mood of a room.  Michael Murphy Art Gallery, 2701 South MacDill Avenue

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