Christopher Ybarra is a Berkeley, California native, born in 1965, who paints with acrylics on canvas in a surrealist style he calls "Southwestern Voodoo". His inspiration for many of his paintings comes from desert scenery, combined with strong, vivid colors, and a combination of autobiographical and fictional scenarios.
Ybarra studied at Academy of Art in San Francisco, California in the mid-1980's, but is mostly self-taught. Before he became a painter, he showed his pastel drawings around the bay area, including a group show at the Weir Gallery with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead and local artists. His work has been published in Frisko magazine and Health. He also participated in art projects in Burning Man during the early years of the festival, and is planning a performance piece for this year's event.
He is currently showing his new paintings around the bay area, and recently painted a room at the Hotel des Arts in San Francisco. A short bio, and photos of the hotel room Chris recently painted, can be seen on the Hotel des Arts website. In 2006, he donated a painting to Visual Aid, which sold at their annual fundraising sale to benefit local artists with life-threatening illnesses.
- Academy of Art, San Francisco
- Solo Show at the French Hotel in Berkeley, CA, August, 2006
- Bastille Day Show at Hotel des Arts, Group Show, July 14, 2006
- Espresso Roma, Ashby Ave. in Berkeley, CA (solo show), June 2006 and January 2007
- The Albatross Pub, Berkeley, CA, January 2004 and February-March 2007
- Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA, June 2005
- ActivSpace Fine Arts and Crafts Sidewalk Fair, Berkeley, CA, 2005
- Hotel des Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2006-2007
- Group Show, Weir Gallery, 1989
Check out Chris's current and upcoming shows.