Chad Hasegawa

United States


Chad Hasegawa
Chad Hasegawa
United States
March 8, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and enthralled with graffiti and the art of the Mission School, Chad Hasegawa moved to San Francisco in 2000. He received a BFA in advertising from the Academy of Art University and worked for top agencies, including Venables Bell & Partners and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

After leaving advertising, Chad concentrated on creating murals on the streets, and painting canvases for both commercial and non-profit gallery exhibitions.  Hasegawa quickly gained recognition for his bold and colorful latex paint brush strokes that pushed the boundaries of public art.

Participating in and having been influence by the graffiti community taught Chad to be resourceful with paint and supplies. His self-taught use of color aggressively shapes an object so that it is clearly visible when viewed from a far. Up close, the work can be viewed as an elaborate color design—an almost mosaic pointillism of brick-like shapes.

Chad Hasegawa is strongly influenced by Vincent Van Gogh and Keith Haring, as well as Franz Kline and the New York School. These artists’ work helped Chad discover the subject matter that fits his unique style: the aggressively large, abstract body shape and beautifully brown colored bear.

According to Chad to their reputation of being fiercely protective of their young, bears are highly respected in many cultures and are considered to be ancestral spirits. Each of Chad’s bear paintings is created with the intent of being a protector; personally for himself and for everyone that may come across his work.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Closer Together44309 Street Art Gallery, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2013Scope Art ShowWhite Walls, MiamiGroup
2013ABSTRACTS FROMWhite Walls, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Artist in ResidenceRecology, San FranciscoGroup
2012Motion GraphicsIntersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Me and My _____The Luggage Store Gallery,San FranciscoGroup
2012Winter Group ShowWhite Walls, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011IN THE MOMENT The Luggage Store Gallery,San FranciscoGroup
2011The City We Love941 Geary Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2011Of course showLopo Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011The  Indoor Mural Project941 GEARY GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA Group
2011Quentin Vs Coen showSpoke Art Gallery, SAN FRANCISCO, CA Group
2011Here We GoLopo Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011You ' re WelcomeNooworks  Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2010Urban OsmosisSpace Gallery/ Lopo Gallry, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Just One BiteSpace Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup