Professor, Drawing & Painting
The artwork of Christopher Chinn is inspired by the marginalized and dispossessed of our society. His work focuses on the homeless population of Los Angeles, where he lives and works. Troubled by witnessing the living conditions of the homeless in 2002, he has almost exclusively dedicated his artwork to sharing his compassion, desire for social change, and personal experience with extreme poverty. His work is created out of active social interaction with the community that he paints. His work depicts individuals who dwell on the streets for years at a time, in and out of the shelters, hospitals and prisons; those lost in the bureaucracies of city, legal and myriad support agencies.
Christopher’s work has been included in numerous solo and national group exhibitions, and museums including MOCA Geffen Contemporary and the San Louis Obispo Museum of Art. He is a grant recipient of USA Projects, the Puffin Foundation, LTD., and the California Community Foundation. Christopher received his BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1998, and MFA from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art in 2001.