Cheba began painting the streets of Bristol in the early 2000’s. Shortly after picking up a spray can, he quickly became addicted to painting the city’s landscape and has been a long-standing figure in his hometown of Bristol’s thriving street art culture.
Cheba has gone on to showcase his work across the World alongside illustrious figures from the world of street art including the ‘Crimes of Passion’ show at the Royal west Academy of Arts and more recently The House of Commons. His work has also featured in a plethora of publications including ‘Graffiti World’, ‘The Art of Rebellion’, ‘Children of the Can’ and ‘Banksy’s Bristol’ to name a few.
Cheba’s recent work is heavily inspired by Space, specifically the Hubble Telescope photos. His works depict parts of the cosmos like nebulas and star clusters but because the subject is so otherworldly and unfamiliar it blurs the line between the representational and the abstract. Cheba combines the graffiti staple of spray paint with more traditional medias such as oil, acrylic and ink and in recent years experimenting with resin. Painting on layer after layer with various mediums creating nebula like formations sometimes based on real nebulas. Using multiple layers of resin, to create thick paintings that appear almost sculptural, they need to be seen in the flesh to capture the depth of each piece which can be seen differently depending on the angle the work is viewed.
Cheba has donated many works but mostnotably he was selected for two charitable fundraising public art exhibitions, Gromits Unleashed and Wow Gorillas, alongside household names such as Sir Quentin Blake, Peter Brookes & Peter Blake. At auction Cheba’s sculptures raised £28,000 and £10,000 respectively, among the highest selling at both auctions.