San Francisco, b.1979

Chor Boogie (Joaquin Lamar Hailey)

Chor Boogie, a.k.a. Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is a critically acclaimed spray paint artist based in San Francisco. Chor uses his voice as an artist and public figure to raise awareness about indigenous African wisdom traditions, among other social issues. In 2014, Chor experienced a profound physical and spiritual healing with the aid of a traditional African Bwiti shaman and the African visionary sacred plant medicine, iboga. He then traveled to Africa to receive full initiation into his shaman’s Bwiti tribe and undergo the traditional Bwiti men’s Rite of Passage. He integrates traditional African imagery and elements of his iboga visions in select contemporary works, visually transmitting the very heart of the medicine and the Bwiti culture of healing.

Chor Boogie is recognized for having achieved a groundbreaking level of technical...

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Biography

Chor Boogie, a.k.a. Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is a critically acclaimed spray paint artist based in San Francisco. Chor uses his voice as an artist and public figure to raise awareness about indigenous African wisdom traditions, among other social issues. In 2014, Chor experienced a profound physical and spiritual healing with the aid of a traditional African Bwiti shaman and the African visionary sacred plant medicine, iboga. He then traveled to Africa to receive full initiation into his shaman’s Bwiti tribe and undergo the traditional Bwiti men’s Rite of Passage. He integrates traditional African imagery and elements of his iboga visions in select contemporary works, visually transmitting the very heart of the medicine and the Bwiti culture of healing.

Chor Boogie is recognized for having achieved a groundbreaking level of technical and emotional virtuosity in the medium of spray paint. He approaches his use of color as a form of therapy and visual medicine, and has been dubbed “the color shaman” by comrades and fans. He was first nurtured by the world of street art and is primarily a self-taught artist. He draws inspiration from artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Klimt, Van Gogh, Dali along with his early personal spray paint mentors Phase2, Vulcan, and Riff170 who were among the first notable creators in the street art and hip hop cultural movements.

His portraits have been commissioned by celebrities such as Hugh Hefner, Jay Z, Lady Sovereign, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, and N.W.A. He was recently honored by Société Perrier as being number three among the Top Ten U.S. Street Artists. His murals and exhibitions have appeared all over the globe including venues such as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Smithsonian, Museum of Public Arts in Baton Rouge, Museum of Art Puerto Rico, the LA Art Fair, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museum of Man in San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Vision Arts Festival in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

He has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007 where he has been an active member of the street art community.

Artworks

Playing a Game of Chess on a Rollercoaster Ride,

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Aerosol Paint / American Art / Bright Colors / Contemporary American Art / Healing / Inspiration from African Culture / Inspiration from Old Masters / Painting / San Francisco / Self Taught Artist / Shamanism / Spray Paint / Street Art / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, Chase Contemporary, New York, NY

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Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, Chase Contemporary, New York, NY