Chris Haberman is a working writer, painter and musician native to Portland, Oregon. Aside from painting, he has published poetry, journalism and fiction; earning awards in journalism and creative writing from Portland State University and is a lifetime member to the Academy of American Poets.
All of Chris Haberman's artwork is created from recycled objects, found material from the streets and alleyways of his hometown, focusing on subjects like people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.
Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams said in 2009 that "Chris is the hardest working artist in Portland". Chris' first curatorship was a show for Adams in City Hall for Portland Pride, 2007. He has also shown art in hundreds of venues, including "Oregon Art Annual" and is a frequent contributor to local artwalks, school fairs and open studio tours. In July 2012, Chris recorded selling over 10,000 original works since 2001; additionally he was a feature artist for Oregon Art Beat on OPB and awarded "Portland Artist of the Year" for Barfly Magazine.
Besides making art, Chris is also a teacher and fervent freelance curator and arts advocate, coordinating hundreds of Portland art exhibits with regional artists since 2001, founding first a non-profit (Portland City Art, 2009) and then (Chris Haberman Presents and The People's Art of Portland (2009-2016) in Pioneer Place Mall, to help local artists show their works.
In 2011, he illustrated a book with Oregon television icon, K.C. Cowan detailing a humorous selection of Catholic Saints. In the same year he also completed a 219 wood panel album reproduction for an office mural for record record label Kill Rock Stars, and a 100 piece show about the history of Oregon for Portland State University. In 2012/2013 he completed a 140 foot mural about the the history of Hawthorne Boulevard on 50th and SE Hawthorne for the Eagles Fraternal Lodge funded by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council; and worked as the Art Consultant for the TV show "Portlandia" (Seasons 3-5). In 2014, he helped present the 15th annual Oregon Art Beat exhibition of 350 artists with Oregon Public Broadcasting, and appeared as a working artist on the Ovation channel's reality show "One Man's Trash". In the summer of 2015 Chris completed a large scale outdoor mural for the City of Milwaukie, Oregon in partnership with TriMet. Currently he is making a lot of art and having shows, curating venues in Portland and Milwaukie, Oregon, and volunteering his time with First Friday events in Milwaukie as a member of the Milwaukie Arts Council.