Chris Duran is a Chicago based artist majoring in illustration at the American Academy of Art. His work is heavily influenced by pop culture and Chicago’s graffiti scene. When he was younger, he rode the train from his northside neighborhood south to his cousin’s house; this sparked his artistic immersion. His style is best described as gritty and bold. Oil and spray paint are his mediums of choice. Chris feels as though these are effective ways to honor and embody the elements of graffiti and capture the raw essence of urban areas.





2015 - 2019 American Academy of Art




2015 - Art Institute of Chicago. ​Re:Imagine 24 Hour Overnight Design Competition.


2019 - Bill L. Parks Gallery.Design Honorable Mention 

2019 - Bill L. Parks Gallery.Illustration Honorable Mention. 


Exhibitions & Festivals



2012 - Maggie Daley: A Tribute. ​National Museum of Mexican Art.


2016 Cumbiasazo Family Fest


2016 Quetzal Art Fest

2016 North Coast Music Festival Pop-Up Gallery


2016 Expo Collective “The Wait Is Over”

2017 Grassroots Chicago “This is Me Now”

2017 Echos of Chicago “Chicago’s 180th Birthday!”

2017 Galerie F “Movie Poster Remakes”

2017 National Museum of Mexican Art (Movimiento y Orgullo de muertos)Mural

2018 Slaps (A National Sticker Art Exhibition)

2018 Make PR Lit Again (Charity Event for Puerto Rico)


2018 Filthy Rich Capsule Show

2018 Hollow (A Capsule Halloween Show)

© 2019 Duran