Chelsea Ritter-Soronen is a multi-disciplinary visual artist living and working in Washington, D.C. Her mural works illustrate vibrant floral stories of human growth, often including plants with surreal and personified elements. Formally trained by scenic artists and informally trained by graffiti artists, Chelsea’s murals often combine trompe l’oeil elements with modern playful twists. Her multi-faceted background in theater production and design guides her explorations in public space and its multiple perspectives and storylines.
When not creating large scale murals, Chelsea stays busy with Chalk Riot, her pavement art business. She also teaches art skills to activists on the frontlines of various social justice movements. As an organizer and artist, Chelsea is committed to art being a glue that unites forces of positive social change.
A midwesterner at heart, Chelsea was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She then went on to live in St. Louis, Missouri and Napa, California before moving to her current home in the country’s capitol city. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the new Moonshot Studio of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a public arts studio committed to arts accessibility and education for all.