Chris Viau

North Shore


Redwood Tree

cv Looking  at t he   Colors  2019 pastel 30x40

Looking at the Colors


Sunset on Shoreline


Studio Member since 2011


Chris Viau’s work straddles the line between abstract and representational. This is due to his planned, yet dynamic, brush and line work. Upon first glance one sees a blend of colors and textures that reveal themselves as lush landscapes or weathered coastlines.

“My favorite thing about being an artist is I can let my wild imagination show. The images that inspire me are landscapes. I feel that making landscapes is the best way to show my talent as an artist. Mostly I use chalk pastel.”

Viau approaches art making with a high level of enthusiasm and is eager to experiment with new techniques. In addition to drawing and painting, he is a published poet. He has published four illustrated poetry books: Chicago Seasons, Being in Harmony with Nature, My Own Ways Through This Life, and Autumn in the Northwest.

Viau’s art has been featured on studio merchandise, in local galleries and ArtLifting.

“In five years, I see myself as a role model for young adults with disabilities. I will most likely still be doing art and writing poems.”

Check out Chris’s 2021 Artist of the Month interview here.



If A Mountain Could Love
Circle Contemporary, Chicago, IL 2022
EXPO Chicago
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 2022
Arts of Life + One River
One River School, Evanston, IL 2022
Off-White Perception of Color
Circle Contemporary, Chicago, IL 2022
Landscapes Through The Seasons
Gallery OTR, Evanston, IL 2018
The Beasts
Circle Contemporary Chicago, IL 2018

Portfolio work

Redwood Tree, 2020

Looking at the Colors, 2020

Sunset on Shoreline, 2020

Four Seasons: Summer, 2020

Beginning of Winter, 2020

Bird Eye View, 2020

A New Day, 2019

  • Sold

Ice Fishing, 2019

Sun Setting in the Woods, 2016

Mountain High, 2016

Winter in the Woods, 2019

  • Sold

Wildflowers, 2020

Rock Wall With Flower, 2020

The Lake at Dusk, 2019

Sunrise Over The Beach, 2019

Mountain Top, 2020

Redwood Tree Bottom, 2020

Three Flamingoes Getting a Suntan, 2015

Tiny The Dog, 2019

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls, 2021

Northern Lights in the Woods, 2021

Blowing Volcanoes, 2021

A River in the Forest, 2021

Bring to Bloom, 2021

Sunset Over Mountain Ranges, 2016

Sunset Over the Mountain, 2021

The End of the Day On West Coast, 2021

Northwest Mountain Range, 2021

Sea Plant, 2021

  • Sold

Watching The Sunset, 2021

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