Elaine Chu was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from School of the Arts High School and went on to study painting and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. After graduating she spent many years traveling and living in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Missouri. During her experiences she met many artists and friends that have influenced her work today. She owes much of her development and training as a muralist to Precita Eyes Muralists where she has been a part of for over a decade. Working mainly large scale and with different communities, she finds it challenging but rewarding to be able to bring a group of people to agree on one unified vision in a monumental scale. She also runs a collaborative called Twin Walls Mural Company with her best friend and fellow muralist Marina Perez- Wong. Together they want to share their love of bright color and realism with the world while holding down a strong Asian American Women influence in the street art world.

Education

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Graduated 2004, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Minor in Art History

School of the Arts High School, San Francisco, CA

Graduated 2000

 

Work Experience

 

Twin Walls Mural Company, Co- Founder, Muralist

San Francisco, CA                                                                                              August 2013-present

Precita Eyes Mural Arts Organization, Community Muralist, Administrative Assistant

San Francisco, CA                                                                                              December 2009- present

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Muralist, Teacher

San Francisco, CA                                                                                 Summer 2005- Summer 2006

                                                                                         

Murals

 

“Tenderloin Stay Rooted”, © 2018 Twin Walls Mural Company, Designed and painted in collaboration with Marina Perez- Wong with CounterPulse staff and residents in the Tenderloin. 80 Turk Street, San Francisco CA, 8’x200’, Acrylic on Parachute Cloth installed on wood panels

 

Justice for Luis Gongora, ©2018 Twin Walls Mural Company, Designed and painted in collaboration with Marina Perez- Wong and Clarion Alley Mural Project, Clarion Alley, San Francisco CA, 10’x15’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

“She Inspires Me: Bringing Her to Light” © 2018 Twin Walls Mural Company, Designed and painted in collaboration with Marina Perez- Wong for Twitter HQ, 1355 Market Street, #900 San Francisco CA , 10’x40’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

“150 Years of Compassionate, Dedicated Service to the Community”, (Phase 2) © 2017 Precita Eyes, Directed and painted in collaboration with Yukako Ezoe and Laguna Honda Hospital. 375 Laguna Honda Blvd, San Francisco CA 94116, 5’x160’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

“希望,Hope, Act, The Fight For Freedom”, ©2017 Twin Walls Mural Company, Designed and painted in collaboration with Marina Perez- Wong with Chevalier Partners and Interstice Architects. Sponsored by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Lower Polk Neighbor’s Association, Hemlock Alley, San Francisco CA, 25’x15’, Acrylic on Stucco
 

“ We are All Streams Leading to the Same River/ Todos Somos Arroyos Del Mismo Rio”, ©2016 Precita Eyes, Directed and painted in collaboration with Susan Cervantes, Suaro Cervantes and Fred Alvarado. Latino Student Cultural Center at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston MA, 25’x125’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

 “150 Years of Compassionate, Dedicated Service to the Community”, (Phase 1) © 2015 Precita Eyes, Directed and painted in collaboration with Yukako Ezoe and Laguna Honda Hospital. 375 Laguna Honda Blvd, San Francisco CA 94116, 5’x200’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

 “La Flor de la Vida”, ©2015 Twin Walls Mural Company, Painted in collaboration with Marina- Perez- Wong, 25th Street between Valencia Street and Bartlett Street, 16’x30’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

“Recovery, Wellness and Health”, ©2015 Precita Eyes, Directed and painted by Susan Cervantes, Yukako Ezoe, Elaine Chu and assisted by Suaro Cervantes in collaboration with the SFGH Psychiatric Dept staff and patients. (3) 10’x 15’, San Francisco General Hospital, SF CA, Acrylic on Stucco

 

SFPL Pop Up Project, ©2013 Precita Eyes, Painted in collaboration with Yukako Ezoe and SFPL, Faithful Fools Ministry and the Tenderloin Community. 100 Larkin St, SF CA. 3 5’x9’ Acrylic Tyvek instant murals and Acrylic on a vinyl pop up canopy structure 10’x10’.                                         

 

“Koi, La Mission”, ©2013 Twin Walls Mural Company, Painted in collaboration with Marina Perez- Wong, 24th Street and Potrero Streets, 16’x50’, Acrylic on Stucco

 

 “Celebrating our Richmond- Past and Present”, ©2013 Precita Eyes, Directed by Elaine Chu and Yukako Ezoe in collaboration with the Argonne Elementary School, staff, parents, and 88 3rd grade students. 680 18th St, SF CA 25’x53’, Acrylic on Stucco.

 

“Pages of Knowledge”, © 2013 Precita Eyes, Directed by Susan Cervantes with Dan Machiarrini, Suaro Cervantes, Marina Perez-Wong, Elaine Chu and Missy Ablin. Bernal Heights Library, SF CA.

 

“The Past, Present and Future”, ©2011 Precita Eyes Muralists, Painted in collaboration with Marina Perez-Wong. Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA

 

“100 Years of Serving Youth”, 2010, Chinatown YMCA, San Francisco, CA, Assistant Muralist for lead artist Susan Cervantes and Precita Eyes Muralists

 

“Celebrando Nuestra Communidad”, 2006, 5th and Somerset, Philadelphia, PA, Assistant Muralist for lead artist Jason Slowik and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

 

“Urban Horseman Mural”, 2005, 322 West Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA, Assistant Muralist for lead artist Jason Slowik and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

 

 

 

 

Children’s and Instant Murals

 

Chinese in the Sunset Community Mural, ©2017 Twin Walls Mural Company, Directed in collaboration the Chinese Historical Society and painted by community. Sunset Recreation Center, San Francisco CA

 

“Wings of Change: Celebrating our History Over Time” ©2017 Precita Eyes Muralists, Directed with Yukako Ezoe in collaboration with 113 3rd grade students and teachers. West Portal Elementary School San Francisco CA

 

“Our JFK Community Mural Project” ©2017 Precita Eyes Muralists, Directed and led the mural project in collaboration with JFK Elementary School 4th grade students. JFK Elementary School, 785 Price Street, Daly City CA

 

“People Make A Difference” ©2015 Precita Eyes Muralists, Directed and led the mural project in collaboration with George Peabody 2nd grade students. George Peabody Elementary School, San Francisco CA

 

“Celebrating Our Richmond District- Past to Present”, ©2013 Precita Eyes Muralists, Directed with Yukako Ezoe in collaboration with Argonne Elementary School with 83 3rd grade students. Argonne Elementary School, San Francisco CA

 

“What a Wonderful World”, © 2012 Precita Eyes Muralists, Directed with Peter Frauenfelder in collaboration with Charles Drew Elementary Students, Charles Drew Elementary School, San Francisco, CA