Muralist Mike “Truth” Johnston

Pulse of the City, 2022

Spray Paint and Latex Paint

Moody Center

Mike Johnston — also known as TRUTH — is an artist and muralist based in Austin, Texas. He loves creating murals, as they pose the opportunity to connect with a larger community. Through his artwork, Mike strives to communicate in the timeless language of positivity. His work gravitates toward themes that speak to a diverse audience, and compositions that are bright, colorful, graphic, illustrative, and happy.

Prior to his art career, Mike received a master’s degree in Education from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and spent twelve years as an elementary and middle school art teacher. Mike has been a professional artist for over ten years, and enjoys painting on anything from found objects, to giant concrete walls. The major influences woven in his work include street art and his time spent living overseas, printmaking, and his tiny crew — his wife Erin and daughter Moa.

Inner Bowl of Moody Center