Chris Wheeler grew up in Philadelphia and stayed in the northeast until he graduated from St. Joseph’s university. Shortly after, he began to travel to Europe for months at a time. He spent most of his days in the art museums and galleries storing ideas and absorbing the creativity. At the age of 26 he moved to Seattle where he began painting and sculpting in a small studio.
Shortly afterwards he moved to Taiwan to travel and study Chinese Art. This was also where he learned how to mount paper into traditional scrolls and screens. The foundation of his collage work is based on this ancient technique.
He returned to Seattle in 2005 and immediately opened Nha Vuu Studio and Design with his wife. The studio restored works of art on paper for galleries, Asian antique dealers and collectors from all over the country. Chris is one of the few people in the US able to do this kind of work. During this time he repaired and rebuilt dozens of shoji screens some 200-300 years old. It wasn’t long before the artist began producing and selling Shoji screens of his own.
Today Chris resides in Fort Collins Colorado. He runs two art studios, NVSD and Pergamena Fine Art. He and his wife split their time between Fort Collins and Seattle. He still makes time to restore art and saves as much art as he can. He produces several series of art a year and when he’s home he works in his studio every day.
Chris spent three years in the Northwest working various jobs and searching for his art form. When he moved to Asia he found an art form that truly appealed to his creative side. He moved to Tainan City, Taiwan where he lived for five years. While in Taiwan he studied art, specifically Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy, but more importantly he learned how to mount works on paper for scrolls and shoji screens. He apprenticed under Master Huang in the traditional method of mounting shoji screens and scrolls. With this skill he was able to stretch and manipulate paper in ways very few people can. Almost instantly he began creating his own art using these techniques. Chris had found his art form and the discoveries he made in Tainan during those years made all of his future work possible.
Palm Springs Modernism Show, Palm Springs CA, Feb 14-17, 2020
La Quinta Celebration of the Arts, La Quinta CA, Mar 5-8, 2020
Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale AZ, Mar 13-15, 2020
Bayou City Art Festival, Houston TX, Mar 27-29, 2020
2019 Group Exhibit, Carnegie Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO
2015 Lincoln Center Exhibition, Fort Collins CO
2013 Houston City Hall Exhibition, Houston TX