Christopher Chinn's artwork is inspired by the artist's encounters with the homeless population of downtown Los Angeles, where Chinn lived and worked for five years. Troubled by witnessing the living conditions of the homeless, he began to work through these experiences in his paintings. Abandoning his beautifully painted portraits of family and friends, Chinn focused his attention on the men and women who lived on the streets around him.

Known mostly for painting and drawing, Chinn began a series of large and small-scale ceramic sculptures in 2009 to address the complex issues that bear on the homeless. This sculptural work is strategically positioned on the streets to confront the public and affirm the dispossessed.

Chinn’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He is also a grant recipient with USA Projects, the Puffin Foundation, LTD., and the California Community Foundation, all of which have been instrumental in the development of his work.

Chinn received his BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a MFA from the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Art.