Meet the Maker: CHIO

 Nat Painted

Nat Painted


CHIO is Christopher Hardy, 27, an Artist/Painter based in Orlando, FL.

“I was welcomed into the fine arts community with open arms back in 2009 and have had many unforgettable experiences showcasing artwork next to some of Orlando's most talented local and visiting artists.”

Currently enrolled in Valencia's Graphic Design program, he plans to graduate in May 2019 with a degree in Graphic & Interactive Design. 

Nicknames (LOL)

  • CHIP (thank you iPhone auto correct)

  • KHIO

  • KILO

  • KILO


 Unsettled, 2018

Unsettled, 2018

1. What did you want to be when you were a child and why?

The first memory I remember having as a kid as far as “what I wanted to be when I grow up” was to be the Terminator. At that age I thought he was pretty badass and didn’t understand that he was suppose to destroy the world. Moving forward a few years, At the age of ten I picked up an obsession with skateboarding. I wanted to become a professional skateboarder, hands down. There was no back up plan. Basically I fell in love with this obscure activity. 

2. What is your favorite thing about your workspace?

Workspace? Well I can’t say I’ve ever had the privilege to have a proper workspace but you have to make due with what you have, no? My workspace happens to be a dining room table. A space where it doesn’t deserve to be ruined by my colorful uncleanliness. None the less I do appreciate that I have this compact space to create work as well as screen print on clothing for my brand called “REGULAR”.

3. If you could have a never ending candle in just one scent, what would it be and why?

When I visited Marrakech, Morocco two summers ago, there was this soap I used to shower with, I had purchased in a local souk. It was like a more mild version of Nag Champa. The refreshing feeling that assisted that mysterious smell was superb, not to mention the excitement of where I was made it an unforgettable scent. Give me that smell again for life and I will die happy.

4. Name a fear or professional challenge that keeps you up at night.

Quite frankly not being heard or understood used to scare me the most, but after reading the wise words of Oscar Wilde I can say my outlook on that has confidently changed. “ I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood.”

5. What is your personal or professional motto?

I’m not okay with being a selfish person, I can be, but I strive not to be. However, it is essential that I am 100% pleased with my own work before anyone else. Otherwise it’s useless. 

6. What is something you tell yourself to build yourself up when you face adversity or criticism?

I’ll be honest there have been numerous occasions where I cling to ego, and think, “It’s possible that they don’t get me or my direction because it’s too new.” Then it’s usually followed by an inner laugh and me telling myself, “shut up man, and learn something”.

 Maney Goes To Mars, 2018

Maney Goes To Mars, 2018