Discovered during his Parisian days by renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix, New York-born painter and sculptor Chaz Guest is one of the most inventive, prolific and important figure in Contemporary American art.
Guest graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and worked as a fashion illustrator for French Joyce Magazine, where he left his indelible stamp on the world of haute couture fashion working for Dior, Lacroix, and Yves St. Laurent.
The artist is known to produce deeply unique moving artworks, with kinetic power that unleashes overwhelming maelstrom of emotions onto canvas. Guest’s work, cataloged as figurative expressionism, is rich in color and movement, and will strike your soul to the very depths.
The cotton series is the artist most prolific work, gaining invitations from the President of the Gambia. In homage to Alex Haley and the film ROOTS, Chaz Guest is responsible for changing the name of the Island formally named Fort James Island. It is now Known as Kunta Kinteh Island as of 2011 through UNESCO.
His collectors include U.S Ambassador John Emerson ( Berlin) , Ambassador Michael Lawson ( Canada), Denzel Washington, Josh Lucas to name a few, and Maya Angelou, Vanessa Williams, Herbie Hancock that he also painted, alongside Stevie Wonder, The Gambian President, US President Barack Obama, and countless others.
Chaz Guest has exhibited in many prestigious galleries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the United States, and his portrait of the first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is currently hanging in the Oval Office at the White House. His work can be seen in Robert De Niro’s film “The Score”, a number of other big silver screen films and the TV show “Empire," season 2, which features other celebrated artists, such as Kehinde Wiley and Kerry James Marshall, to name a few. His latest contemporary work, Buffalo Warrior, is stirring up new interests.
Guest is currently creating ink and oil canvases that depicts the on going story of the new super hero Buffalo Warrior, where the paintings will appear as the pages of the graphic novels.
Chaz Guest is not only a talented artist technically, but he brings a fluidity and emotion to his pieces that draw the viewer into his art. Each tableau tells a story about his subjects, deepening the viewer's connection to Chaz's varied and stimulating worldview. Such an open, spiritual and generous man, Chaz Guest speaks to the humanity we all share."A. Scott Gallowayand