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Daily Inspiration: Meet Chad Goei

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad Goei.

Hi Chad, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I usually find this kind of question difficult to answer because my road has not been directly or clearly defined. I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to Los Angeles in 1997, fulfilling a long-held California dream. I worked in VFX and got heavily into piano and making electronic music. I also focused heavily on photography for a number of years until I started painting seriously 2015. Starting with some random geometric sketches on paper during a rough time between work and love and all that. Almost as a subconscious activity to relieve stress. After ruining the paper with inappropriate tape, I went to the art store in Silver Lake to find a wood panel, and I returned many times on a weekly basis as I taught myself about these materials and how they worked for me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I must say that I’ve always felt very lucky. To be born where I was born, to have the family I have, and — I don’t know, so many have it so much worse than I could ever imagine. But struggles still come with being alive, with making art, and anything at all that’s worth doing. I do my best to use obstacles as an opportunity to learn but sometimes, that’s a privileged perspective. I lost my Dad unexpectedly in 2012, which obviously has had a real effect on me and might even be a big part of why painting formulated for me. I’m honestly just now realizing that.

I’ll also say that I have plenty of struggles related to art, and whether I’m happy with my work, or whether I’m putting in enough work and where it’s all going. But challenges come with being alive, with making art, and with everything that’s worth anything — as most of us learn the hard way. The key is remembering that those times do create opportunities to learn. The science is real. Aside from that, I just ride the wave and trust as best I can.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I painted quietly for over a year before I eventually started sharing my work and taking it more seriously. I work mainly in geometric abstraction and abstract landscapes, which I used to do almost exclusively on wood but I’m also interested in fabrics and textiles and other materials that I haven’t even gotten to yet. I do a lot on Canvas and Linen lately. And that might be apparent when compared to other artists — I play with a pretty wide variety of styles. I like to experiment with techniques and materials in the process of creating a work.

I was recently accepted to my first artist residency at AADK Spain, which I’m super stoked about. I’ll be spending three months working on my project, “Landform and Function.” It’s a multidisciplinary creative research study of three specific geological features/cultural landmarks of Murcia, culminating in a meticulously presented audio-visual array.

Finding will be presented in the form of field recordings, photographs, drawings, paintings, digital/physical installation, creative research documents, and other expressions of the impact that Landforms in Murcia have on each other and on other life in the territory.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My single favorite childhood memory is the moment I first realized how absurd it is for anything to exist.


  • Framed commissions available for $500 thru September 2022

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Image Credits
Chad Goei, La’Keem Timothy, SCI-Arc

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