Roberto Chavez graduated from the respected design school Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where he attained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. After graduating from Art Center, Mr. Chávez moved to Paris to pursue his career as Fashion and Fine Art photographer, where he launched a successful career within the field. Mr. Chávez has also attained his master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Higher Education from Ashford University San Diego.
As an artist, Roberto Chavez’s work can best be described as poetic and transgressive, tranquil, and unsettling; images of real and the imagined that evoke a physical and opulent creative ideas while firmly rooted in reality, and the commercial aspects of the industry. His latest experimental portraiture includes artists and athletes and everyday Americans. These poetic and mysterious images sometimes reinvent the use of colors; his black and white collection have a nostalgic touch and point of view from decades passed, seducing his audiences with conceptualizing elegance and classical imagery that diffuse a delicate and graceful depiction of the human form or cityscapes.
Within his professional field, Roberto Chávez currently serves as the Vice-President of the Compton College Foundation. He is also an active member of the Professional Photographers of America, the American Photographic Artists - Los Angeles Chapter. Among other non-profit organizations in the City of Whitter, Mr. Chávez is the current chair for the Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts in the City of La Habra Heights/Whittier. Besides past participations, this year, Mr. Chávez acted as Photography Curator for the Santa Fe Springs Art Festival celebration at the Clarke Estate, in the city of Santa Fe Springs, CA. He is also past Chair for the Whittier Cultural Arts Commission and the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation, where he successfully chaired different fundraising events to celebrate the arts in the City of Whittier, such as the “The W Art Exhibit,” amongst many other Art and Cultural events such as ribbon cutting events of Art in Public Places, and allocation of financial reserves for such projects.
For almost a decade, Roberto Chavez has served as a Mentor for the Whittier High School Cardinal Computer Academy, as well as a board member of the Whittier Historical Society and Museum where he served as Marketing Development Chair. Along with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Mr. Chávez co-chairs the 38th Congressional District High-school Art Competition where he successfully coordinates with the District Office to raise funds to support the arts in the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Lakewood, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier; including the unincorporated communities of: Avocado Heights, Los Nietos, South San Gabriel, East Whittier, North Whittier & South Whittier.
Last Spring 2022, Mr. Chávez received a 38th Congressional Recognition for his leadership in the Arts and Education from Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. In September 2019, he was awarded two honorable mentions at prestigious Lucie Photography Awards in New York city, for his work in environmental photography, helping to bring awareness to the effects of global warming. Summer of 2017, Mr. Roberto Chávez was invited by Santa Fe Springs Art Festival to participate as one of its guests Featured Artist. The same year, the City of Whittier Council Members recognized Mr. Roberto Chavez for his Leadership and Voluntary efforts and commitment to our community in City Hall. In July 2016, Supervisor Don Knabe and the LA County Board of Supervisors presented a special commendation recognizing Mr. Chávez unconditional involvement in the community and the arts. Amongst other things, Mr. Chavez has served as Adjunct Professor at Rio Hondo College under the Communications and Languages Department teaching Photojournalism classes as well as Mass Media and Communications.