Stefan Johanson

Mural Concept Idea

Stefan Johanson is a young emerging artist born and raised on the north side of Chicago. While attending Lincoln Park High School, he discovered the Gallery 37 Advanced Placement Program, an art program for gifted high school students that allowed them to end the regular school day earlier and travel to the Gallery 37 building downtown to focus on their choice of medium. Stefan was in the AP Drawing and Painting classes. After gaining experience in life drawing, Stefan discovered his knack for collage and landscape and architectural observation drawing with the help of his teacher Miriam Soccoloff. He also learned silk screening and mural painting in the Gallery 37 job training program where young artists get paid to learn and create artwork for the city of Chicago.  With the help of the Gallery 37 AP program, Stefan developed a portfolio that got him a scholarship at the All-City Art Competition in 2006. He was accepted to the School of the Art  Institute of Chicago and is currently working on his BFA.

Past Projects

POP Mural group



Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emphasis in Print Media Expected Graduation — May, 2011

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL

Chicago Public School’s 2006 All-City Art Exhibition Scholarship Winner

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Regional Award

Arts Advanced Education Program at Gallery 37


Freelance Artist, Chicago Il, – 2005 to present

  • Create commissioned murals, canvases, prints, and designs for clients including Chicago Sun-Times

Bike Delivery, Sultan’s Market 2008

  • Delivering food to customers in a fast paced environment

Senior Advanced Apprentice Artist, Gallery 37, Chicago, IL — 2001 to 2006

  • Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions with the After School Matters program at Gallery 37

Duties included: Set up workspace, created artwork, silkscreen, photography, textile, acrylic                                                                                                     painting, and mural painting.


  • Highly talented illustrator and painter with strong knowledge of print media including Photo     Lithography and Etching
  • Experienced mural painter
  • Technical Proficiencies Include: Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office
  • Illustration techniques and materials, both hand-drawn and software-generated
  • Photographic techniques including digital and chemical-based processes


Pieces of Peace group exhibition– Art auction at Flat Iron Galleries July 16 2009.  Fifteen different artists contributed to this fundraiser show for Pieces of Peace a collective of painters concentrated on working together to create murals in Chicago

Sudder Montessori – Worked with my Art History teacher at the School of the Art Institute, Kimberly Pinder, the rest of the class, and students at Sudder to create a mural that was installed inside the school. Chicago, Illinois, 2009

CTA’s Adopt-A-Station program/ Chicago Cubs: Worked on a Chicago Cubs Mural that was installed at the Sheridan Red Line CTA station as part of Gallery 37’s 2005 Summer Program. Chicago, Illinois

“The Meaning of Chicago; Call to Creators” and “Waves and Variations; A Reflection of the arts” Contributed to two murals that were installed in Millennium Park Harris Theater Parking Lobby at 205 East Randolph Drive as part of Gallery 37’s 2004 Downtown Summer Program. Chicago, Illinois

“The Comforts of Home” Worked on a set of murals that were commissioned by the Chicago Airport System to be installed at the entrance to Concourse A at Midway Airport to welcome travelers to Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, 2004.