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About Cheyne

Cheyne (pronounced “Shane”) Gallarde is a queer artist who was born and raised in Hawaii, but now lives in Los Angeles. Cheyne’s art reimagines drag queens and LGBTQ icons as modern-day superheroes and villains plucked from the pages of the vintage comics he grew up with.

In 2020, Cheyne won a National Advertising Award for his art for MTV’s 2019 Video Music Awards and was a contributing artist in the 2020 Pow!Wow! Festival. In addition, his cover art for Penguin Books’ queer-centric  “Legendary Children” was released to much praise.

In 2019, he won a National Advertising Award for his illustrations of LGBTQ icons for LOGOTV. In addition, he worked with Condé Nast to create the key visual and branding for their QUEEROES Awards show and with VH1 to create comic covers celebrating queer icon John Waters.

Cheyne loves working with clients like Netflix, True Religion, Penguin Random House, LogoTV and Johnson & Johnson who allow him the space and support to showcase LGBTQ people as he imagines them.

When not drawing or painting, Cheyne loves to unwind with video games, binge-watch trashy reality TV & take blurry selfies with his rescue-dog Rocket.

Stuff I've done:

  •  2020 - Pele Award Gold Winner “MTV VMA Awards”

  • 2020 - Pow!Wow! Hawaii Mural Artist

  • 2019 - National Advertising Award “John Waters Covers”

  • 2019 - Art Installation, “Comic Book Queeroes”, STRUT San Francisco

  • 2018 - Contributing Artist Installation, “Also Here”, Arts at Marks

  • 2016 - Set & Costume Design, “Ordinary Ohana”, Honolulu Theatre for Youth

  • 2015 - Illustrator, “Ordinary Ohana”, written by Lee Cataluna

  • 2015 - Speaker, TEDx Talk “The Power of Nostalgia” click to watch!

  • 2014 - Art Installation, Spalding House Contemporary Art Museum

  • 2013 - Speaker, PechaKucha, Honolulu Academy of Art Click to watch!

  • 2012 - Pele Award Winner, Rainbow Film Festival Key Visuals

  • 2010 - Speaker, Re-Think Hawaii


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