My Story & Mission

It is my dream and passion that my art has “living impact”. I mean, when someone views my art they feel the inspiration and composition as something that speaks to the viewer and is uplifting, thought provoking, and creates desire to own a piece of my history. As a man of color, I want to mentor and be the catalyst for other young artists to be fearless in developing their own art career. There is so much more work to be done with museum presence, locally, and globally here in San Francisco.

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I am also very involved in the neighborhood, especially with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association's Arts committee. It’s been great. Hayes Valley is an artistically creative neighborhood. We can depend on each other and support each other, that’s how it should be.

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Loving your Color Baybeee!!!

Chez Rhonel

My History

I am a native Californian. In the 1980s I moved to the Bay Area from French Camp, outside of Stockton. From a young age, I was into art. My 7th grade art teacher started me out on India ink. He encouraged me to use washes and textures. I liked it, but I loved color. But, it taught me how to shade and layer

After attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton to pursue art, I landed a design job at Lockheed Martin. Eight years later, I moved to San Francisco. But it wasn’t until 2001 that I decided to seriously commit to art, and found myself a studio. I also began working as an interior designer. It taught me that I could create environments spatially.

So I started thinking about art in that manner. I’d go into wine shops and La Boulange and show them how to use art and color to warm up the space. I also started hosting workshops for companies to encourage team building through art, where people disconnect from their devices and connect to each other. I help them create pieces in my distinct style which uses tape to introduce negative space and bold lines to the painting.

Media & Me

Partnerships with Chez Rhonel

  • Laboulangerie Hayes Valley

  • Papyrus Greetings

  • SF Arts Commission
    SF Public Library
    SF Travel Visitors Center

  • Norfolk Publishing Company

  • Meals on Wheels

  • Noir Wine Lounge

  • Google

  • Apple

  • Fillmore Jazz Festival

  • Hunters Point Shipyard 

  • Hayes Valley Arts Association

  • Lola’s of North Beach

  • Just For Fun - Noe Valley

  • Juicy News- Union Street

  • Gather

  • Birch Flowers