Chicago has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.
Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the Northwest Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Since I remember myself, I always had this urge to express myself. First, I started to paint, then to write stories with illustrations… and in the end, ended up with going to music school, playing instruments. I love playing music and singing songs, that was my first true love. The problem I had with music was that goes really well with alcohol and parties, I did that for a while but eventually got exhausted and had to find other ways to express myself. Read more>>
My professional art career technically started in 4th grade where I sold a Mortal Kombat drawing for $3. Back then, a kid could buy a couple of comic books with that kind of dough. With my new found success as an artist and entrepreneur of $3, I took a short break from the crazy lifestyle of an art career but would officially start back in around 2007 when I was in my twenties. Read more>>
I was first enthralled with art when I was about four or five when I would watch my uncle draw dinosaurs for me. I actually remember at that point saying to myself that I wanted to be an artist. Little did I know, what all this would entail. I continued my interest in art through high school and started to understand more and more that I was interested in traditional art. Read more>>
I don’t have the standard fairytale artist beginning story with a crayon in hand from age one. I occasionally attempted to color in the lines as much as any normal kid throughout childhood but I was generally more concerned with the climbing, running and jumping. Later on, in an 8th grade English class, I discovered a simple cartoon character drawing in the corner of the whiteboard as I waited for the final bell to ring. Read more>>
Being surrounded by like-minded, driven, talented people propelled me into trying even harder than ever before. And that is where I met my people, my friends… no, my family. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. On my very first year, one of my friends said “I’m doing a convention, do you wanna split a table” and I haven’t looked back since. Tabling at cons is one of my most favorite things to do nowadays. Read more>>
I have been drawing for most of my life, but I delved a lot deeper into my creative side when I got to high school. Amidst a lot of turmoil in my family at the time, I found art as a way to not only catch a break from the chaos but to explore parts of myself that were new and unknown. Even though it was a difficult time, art provided (and continues to provide) an outlet for me to deal with things in a healthy way. Read more>>
Comics made me want to read, so I would read them whenever I could. In elementary school, every time the opportunity came to order books from the book club, I’d order the latest Peanuts collection. I read the comics in the newspaper every day. At some point, I found superhero comics and indie comics like Bone and Cerebus the Aardvark. There’s something about the combination of a good story and wonderful art that’s magic. Read more>>
The idea of modeling wasn’t really something I considered until my late teens. I’ve had cancer twice in the past seven years, but my first experience with it was the most important. During the time I was getting therapy, my life became extremely monastic in a beautiful way. It was then I started educating myself on the things that interest me most today: dreaming, symbolism, religion, philosophy, quantum physics and metaphorical allegory, which ultimately lead me to a fascination of occult esoteric knowledge. Read more>>
I was surrounded by a lot of nature and not much else. So, I daydreamed. I’d imagine myself as someone else, someplace else. Using it to explore new realities or to escape them. It was inevitable that the same deep introspection that drove my life, would also drive my artwork. I began painting at a young age, and I fell in love with the medium. It led me to pursue my degree in Fine Art, from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and pushed me to further my practice. Read more>>
Like most little girls at the time, I grew up enamored with The Little Mermaid. The film’s poster hung above my bed, our VHS copy was worn away from hundreds of viewings, and on weekends, I’d spend the night by my great grandmother’s house with my beloved Ariel pillow in tow. Around 5th grade, I checked out a book about animation from my school library and henceforth, dreamed of working at Disney to create similar movie magic. Read more>>