Eric Okdeh is a Philadelphia based muralist, who has been creating public art since 1998. After receiving his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Eric chose to focus on public art exclusively. Since 2002, in addition to his commissioned work, Eric has taught mural making classes to children and teens throughout the city as well as inmates at SCI Graterford Prison. The classes exist as leadership, teamwork, and skill building exercises which culminate in major mural projects. Eric finds that the most successful murals provide a sense of inclusion and accomplishment among its participants, empowering them to take ownership in the work.

A recent project, focuses on the impact of incarceration on families. Family Interrupted is a growing multidisciplinary project that contains the input, stories, and hard work of over 100 contributors as of this date. Families with loved ones behind bars were given a voice, by attending workshops, submitting their writings in specially designed mailboxes throughout Philadelphia, prison waiting rooms, and State Correctional Institutions, and posting to the project site The mural takes its inspiration from these stories. Passers by can interact with the piece by scanning areas of the mural with a smartphone. These codes within the mural lead to a number of audio clips from the workshops, selected writings and pages of the website leading to links of resources and places where one can contribute their thoughts on the spot.

In addition to this project website, Eric has designed and developed his own website and blog,, in an attempt to detail these significant community collaborations and interactions. The projects are journaled and documented in photographs and video clips to lend outside observers insight into the processes by which his murals come about.

Eric has over 80 public art commissions throughout the Philadelphia as well as murals in Wailuku, Hawaii,  Seville, Spain, and Amman, Jordan. He has participated in mural projects in Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles. His work is featured in seven books about public and Mural Art.