French photographer finds Winnipeg’s beauty in murals

Photographer Cendrine Marouatt says Winnipeg's murals like Kal Barteski's "Back Alley Arcitc" are a big inspiration. Cendrine Marouatt /

There are lots of reasons people fall in love with Winnipeg, but for photographer Cendrine Marouatt, it was simple – the murals.

Marouatt, originally from France, is embarking on an ambitious project to document all 600-plus murals in Winnipeg.

She said she wants to use the photos as a way to show off the city’s unique beauty to the world.

“I really want to start a conversation on art,” Marouat told 680 CJOB. “There are so many artists here.

“These days, people take art as some kind of a joke or hobby. They don’t really take art seriously, so it’s fantastic to show what makes Winnipeg an actually beautiful city.”

Photographer Cendrine Marouat. Cendrine Marouatt /

Marouat, who has lived in Winnipeg for 15 years, said many of her friends back in Europe are shocked when she tells them just how active the city’s art scene is.

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“I’ve started sharing my photos of murals online, and people have said ‘wow, 600 murals!’,” she said. “In Paris, there are only about 50 of them.

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“What’s very specific about the murals here is when we think about murals, we think walls – but here there are sheds, there’s garage doors, there’s even traffic control boxes.

“What is really interesting about those murals is they’re each a reflection of the neighbourhoods they’re in. They manage to blend the style in with what makes the district so special.”

Marouat’s photo project – she’s already taken photos of about 100 of the murals so far – can be found at

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