Artists You Need to Know: Chris Granillo – A Wild Desert Artist Running Free in San Francisco.


Born in the Coachella Valley, Ca in 1982 and from a very early age found artistic and creative inspiration through wild animals of the desert. Although desert inspiration was not hard to find, art supplies were limited and expensive to come by. The alternative was to create using found objects and affordable supplies unearthed at local thrift stores. Many of Chris Granillo’s early works appear on found wood panels.

Granillo found it interesting sharing the earth with animals that once controlled the surface of the land but have now been driven underground by commercial development. This conflict fascinates him and frequently is depicted in his work. Granillo subjects of preference are folk art, the human figure, nature, mystery, and underwater organisms. His paintings are influenced by creature and sci-fi movies and a mixture of street art.


In 2003, Granillo relocated to the thriving San Francisco Bay Area art community. Still mostly working on recycled mediums, Granillo dabbled into the wider pallet of artistic mediums such as printmaking, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and murals. Working and living on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay.


Chris Granillo’s work can be found displayed in numerous galleries throughout the U.S.

Past Shows-Commission: 2004-2011 (Shortlist):

-Cal State Hayward murals
-Galeria de la Raza mural
-Precita Eyes first place mural competition
-111 Minna Gallery SF
-Pueblo Nuevo Gallery Berkeley
-Galeria De La Raza SF


Catch Chris online here:

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