Born June 7, 1973 in Hays, Kansas, Chris Haas’s earliest artistic influence came from his grandmother & his mother’s continued encouragement. The middle of three talented brothers, Haas’s art developed a personal style unhindered by sibling pressure or the inclination to emulate. In contrast to the simple Kansas environment, the characters he conjured up came from a wholly imagined distortion of reality and an innate compulsion to create.
In 1991, Haas graduated high school and moved to Southwest Colorado to snowboard the bottomless powder of Wolf Creek. Still driven by the desire to enhance his visual world and the constant need for an emotional outlet, he continued to solidify his own signature style.
Haas’s passion for art has now turned a preoccupation with collecting animal skulls into a parallel way of life. Using mixed media, he provides the skulls a second lease on life, meticulously reanimating them back into our dimension. Realistic lion eyes shine out of a deer skull, resplendent on a scrolled mount with a jeweled third eye. The artist’s intentional approach and devotion to expressively create are evident. He feels each piece is an apex in his lifetime journey to adorn all facets of life, even death.
Chris Haas lives in Pagosa Springs, CO with his multitalented partner, Ursala, & their daughters, Amélie Soleil and Simone Lucía.