Evan Church was born in San Francisco, California in 1971. At age three his parents moved with he and his and brother to a mission station in Rhodesia, Southern Africa. Church spent his secondary school years in Kenya at Rift Valley Academy and studied art in Michigan at Spring Arbor University. After graduating in 1994, he left the United States to run an orphanage for children displaced by conflict in Rwanda. Over the years other relief and development projects have taken him to South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, along with personal travels through much of East, Southern, and Central Africa.
Evan’s focus is on painting the people and life of Africa. He is currently working on a series of oils and watercolors inspired by several months of travel and experience along East Africa’s Swahili Coast. He recently moved to Saint Louis and divides his time between artwork and humanitarian aid projects.
Evan’s work has been shown in Nairobi, Detroit, Chicago, and New York.