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)