Chris Dyer grew up in Lima, Peru till age 17, where he was involved in 80’s skateboarding, 90’s surfing and soccer oriented gang-banging. He eventually moved to Canada to study art and is now based in Montreal, where he works out of his home “The Positive Portal” with his awesome wife Valerie.
These days he spends half of his time on the road, making and spreading his art worldwide, as he explores many cultures and himself. By now he has been able to reach over 30 different countries, which has been a chance for him to learn much from a variety of cultures. These powerful experiences have helped him create a flavor of art which fuses many cultures into a spiritual oneness of unity within diversity, which can appeal to all, yet is owned by none.
Chris’ art is rooted in the skateboard culture he has been part of since a young boy, as early as 1986, when he would draw his own board graphics. By the time he left school he focused on fine art done on broken skateboards, to give new life to that defeated wood. That eventually led him to working in the California and worldwide skate industry, doing graphics for a variety of well respected brands. More recently, he was Art Director of California‘s Creation Skateboards, which he took to the next level with their skate video “Soul Harmonics”.
Chris’ exploration of inner worlds and ability to juggle mediums, styles and themes has made him stand out in the different art movements he is part of. Because of his unique voice, and high productivity, Chris has become one of the leading figures of the North American Visionary Art scene. This position has given him the chance to act as a bridge between that spiritual movement and less typically “conscious” art scenes he is part of like street art and skate art. Though he appreciates the scenes he is associated with, he wants to break boxes and manifest the “Oneness” he believes is there beneath it all.
Because of the quality in Dyer’s work, it has already been exhibited in successful solo and group shows in galleries and museums around the world. He has also been featured in many magazines and books worldwide, including his own hardcover coffee table book published by Pennsylvania’s Schiffer Books. A coloring book for adults is due to be released later this year via “Last Gasp” Publications.
In 2011 he released a full feature documentary, Positive Creations, which has reached several thousands and inspired many. These days he has a series of video Webisodes called “The Artventures” which cover the different lands he visits to paint spray paint murals left and right. Chris has also been offering a variety of different Art Workshops as he travels those lands, to share what he has learned with the youth.
Other than that, Chris manages his own Art brand, Positive Creations, which offers a variety of quality apparel and artsy products. Despite Chris’ healthy press through the years, he is still reaching out from the underground. It is the uniqueness of his art, and a solid social media presence that has helped him find his own following. Chris’ biggest joy is to make his fans happy and to meet up with them at the different events performs at, so make sure to catch him somewhere and give him a nice hug.