Art Opening: Chris Haberman

First Thurs reception, show hangs all month of November. Free and Open to the Public. Beer, Wine and Snacks will be served.



Chris Haberman is a working writer, painter, muralist, curator and musician, native to Portland, Oregon. Aside from painting, he has published poetry, journalism and fiction; being awarded the Tom Doulis Fiction award, the Wilma Morrison award for excellence in journalism from Portland State University and is a lifetime member to the Academy of American Poets.


All of Chris Haberman’s artwork is created recycled objects, found material from the streets and alleyways of his hometown. A discarded cabinet door or table top quickly becomes the backdrop for an integrated puzzle-poem of figures and text, focusing on subjects like people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.


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 of Portland, Oregon, (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 2009, Chris recorded selling over 6500 original works since 2001. In Jan, 2010, Chris was a feature artist for Oregon Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting and was awarded “Portland Artist of the Year” for Barfly Magazine.  In Jan, 2011, he and fellow artist Jennifer Mercede won a national artist contest in Las Vegas, competing with artists’ from10 other cities.


Besides making art, Chris is also a 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 (with fellow artist/curator Jason Brown) both in 2010, to help local artists show their works.


In the Fall of 2011, he completed a 219 wood panel album reproduction for an office mural for record label Kill Rock Stars, produced a 100 work show of “The Peoples History of Oregon” at Littman and White Gallery at Portland State University and began planning a 80 foot mural about “The History of Hawthorne Blvd.” for 50th SE Hawthorne on the Eagles Fraternal Lodge.


Chris happily lives and works in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, with his very supportive family, and his wonderful Alabamian girlfriend and their two spoiled art loving dogs.