Made in St. Louis: Alum Chad Lawson's Graffiti-Inspired Art Hits Canvases and Doors

Monday, September 09, 2019
Photo of Chad M. Lawson working on one of his paintings

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH -- In high school, Lawson was big into hip-hop, rapping, graffiti and break-dancing. Along with a couple of friends, he would skateboard through downtown St. Louis to the abandoned old warehouses on the waterfront to practice graffiti.

“That creative energy was always in me,” Lawson says.

After attending the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, Lawson moved to California where he got his graduate degree from San Francisco State University. He moved back to the St. Louis area in 2007 on the hunt for cheaper studio space; he has a studio in Lafayette Square.