Chris Sommer

Chris Sommer Bio

About Chris Sommer

Chris Sommer, glass artist, illustrator, and visionary. Born and raised in Makaha Valley (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i), Chris has been making art for more than 10 years and he is adept at artistic expression in a wide variety of media including glass etching, oil paintings, book illustrations, murals, and street art. A self-described “Possibilist” Chris’s art expresses an informed aspirational vision of the world at its best via contemporary and traditional art that leans towards oceanic and nature. His work touches on themes like collective-consciousness, ancestry and identity, our relationship with our planet, and all through his experience as a person indigenous to Hawai’i.
Chris has exhibited in Biennial X (Honolulu Museum of Art), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery), CONTACT art exhibitions, and others. His work is held in private collections and in the public collections of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Hawai’i State Art Museum. He has led numerous community mural projects and has received art commissions for hotels, corporate offices, public buildings, and schools in Hawai’i. His latest works include murals and augmented-reality installations of glass art for Google and Disney.