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2022 Hearts in San Francisco

Meet our 2022 Hearts in San Francisco artists! These 20 talented individuals donated their time and talent to raise critical funds for ZSFG.

Stay tuned, these Hearts will be on display in February 2022 for all to see.

LARGE HEARTS

Michele Bell | Chinatown Live

A San Francisco-based artist, Michele Bell landed in the Bay Area in 2002 where she and her husband are grateful to raise their three children. As an artist, Michele tries to capture beauty in all things and special places. Her favorite subject has always been San Francisco. Michele loves capturing the magic of the Bay Area through the lens of her camera, the tip of her pencil, and the flow of her paint brush. 

Todd Berman | Four Hills, Four Towers, Flowing Fog, Native Flowers

Todd Berman is a San Francisco artist who travels the world and his local community, sketchbook in hand. His art reflects the colorful eccentricity bound within moments and individuals; depicting scenes of people coming together to improve their surroundings. Todd was born in the hills of West Virginia, grew up on Long Island, NY, and moved to San Francisco in 1998 after receiving a BA in Public Policy from Brown University.

Jirsa | Rainbow Crosswalks

Jessica Joy Jirsa is an Oakland Plein Air artist who has received local media attention for her paintings of Occupy Oakland and the Oakland A’s. She paints many renowned Oakland businesses and locations, including Fentons Creamery and Giant Burger. Jessica Joy Jirsa received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from New York University in 1999. She discovered the wonder of painting outside while living in South Dakota.

Mr. Brainwash | Life is Beautiful

For more than a decade, Thierry Guetta, under his moniker, Mr. Brainwash, has been pushing the envelope of contemporary art. The orchestrated collision of street art and pop art has been his balancing act. The tipping point for Mr. Brainwash was his groundbreaking footage from the widely-acclaimed documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” This Academy-nominated film demonstrates the evolution of the street art movement with Mr. Brainwash, who, alongside Banksy, brings art to the masses.

TABLE TOP HEARTS

Johnny Botts | Love is Love

Former rocket scientist and San Francisco-based artist Johnny Botts turned his engineering and business background into a successful art career. With signature-style robots on themes of space, science and play, he has painted murals at Facebook’s headquarters, the Salesforce Transit Center and had his artwork published on the cover of the Arts and Entertainment section of the New York Times. His most recent work was displayed at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in 2020. 

Marconi Calindas-Cafege | Resilience 2.0 Rise Above

Marconi Calindas-Cafege is an accomplished public artist whose subject matter varies from pop icons to triumphs of the human spirit. The boldness of his visual vocabulary holds viewers’ attention, capturing a widening audience with public arts projects ranging from San Francisco City Hall, Children’s Creative Museum, SoMARTS Gallery SF, and many more. His 2016 large Hearts in SF Sculpture is now displayed at the AT&T Headquarters in San Francisco.

Schatzie Frisch | Wash Your Hands Don’t Touch Your Face Open Your Heart

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, local artist Schatzie Frisch, uses a variety of mediums and words to create thought-provoking and often humorous art. Much of her art is inspired by her parents’ European Delicatessen,The Junket (shuttered in 2021 after 42 years). Being a Vegetarian and fueled by cognitive dissonance she began to create Deli Art. Schatzie, the Renegade Deli Heiress is the creator of the only “Headcheese Gallery” in the world. Her art is meant to be digested slowly.

Arnaud Ghelfi | San Franswissco

Marin county-based artist Arnaud Ghelfi is a Swiss-American art director, graphic designer, and illustrator as well as a multi-recipient of the prestigious Gold Graphis Design Awards. Arnaud founded l’atelier starno in 2005. He creates high-quality print and digital graphic design for organizations, institutions, and companies of all sizes. He collaborates with many healthcare clients and he is also focused on environmental issues. 

Julie MeridianRelease

As an artist in San José, Julie Meridian captures the essence of people and places through representational art that reveals impressionist details. She also humanizes technology as a user experience designer and occasionally uses computing concepts as a starting point for artistic reinterpretation. 

Kate Tova | Street Heart

Born in Balakovo, Russia and now living and working in San Francisco, Kate Tova is a full-time contemporary artist who experiments with vibrant, large-scale multimedia artworks, incorporating reflective and thick textures. An award earning and critically acclaimed artist, she has participated in art exhibitions in Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Prague.

MINI HEARTS

Tyler Atura Bushnell | Bay Area of Individual Delight

Finding inspiration through ensō, the disciplined creative practice of creating circles, artist and designer Tyler Atura Bushnell’s abstract artwork of drawn circles is meditative, conceptual, and distinct. Tyler has exhibited in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Mexico and is a current member of CityArt Gallery and Artspan SF in San Francisco. His works are currently on display at Cumaica Coffee in Excelsior. 

Ridhaan Desai | Corona Circus

Born in Palo Alto, CA in July 2013, Ridhaan has always been a happy child artist with unbounded, unlimited, and full of creativity, colors, and imagination without ceiling. In his center of all actions and creations, there is always love for people, humanity, and empathy, even at a very early age. He currently studies in 3rd grade at Phillips Brooks School, Menlo Park, CA, enjoys art class, and never misses any opportunities to participate in art contests or festivals. In May 2020, his painting “A 6-year-old me in Corona Lockdown” was displayed in The International Museum of Children’s Art, Oslo, Norway.

Daniela Friedmann | Heart of Gold

Daniela Friedmann was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. After moving to Mountain View, CA with her husband in 2002, she decided to pursue an old dream: to dedicate as much time as possible to drawing and painting. A self-taught artist, she took an active participation within the art community and her paintings have been accepted into many juried art exhibits, national art competitions, and galleries in the Bay Area with some of her paintings having won prestigious awards. Her works are also part of private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.

Taiko Fujimura | Spring in the Bay

Taiko Fujimura is a mixed media artist based in San Francisco who is focused on painting with acrylic, watercolor, and ink on a variety of surfaces. Her pieces confront the dichotomies between chaos and order, industrial and organic, mind and body, positive and negative, logical and random, and intuitive and sequential. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts and her works have appeared in collections and exhibitions at the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, and internationally at Hirafuku Museum of Art and Denshokan Museum in Akita, Japan. 

Adele Gilani | Mother Nature’s Son

After losing her mother at a young age, Oakland based artist Adele Gilani became aware of how tenuous life is and gave her perspective for a deep appreciation of beauty, time, and family. Inspired by Yayoi Kusama and Karel Appel, Adele marvels over broad strokes and bright colors with an overwhelming need to commit the world’s layers, textures, rhythm and movement to canvas. Raising funds in the fall of 2018 while 9-months pregnant with her daughter, she painted a 5’6”, 400-pound heart for San Francisco General Hospital. Adele opened her own brick and mortar art gallery in Sausalito, CA where she shows her art and curates a team of artists and makers from across the country. 

Teresa Moore | Of Coursets San Francisco

Self-taught oil painting artist Teresa Moore creates an atmosphere of night life, good times, and fleeting romances. Her images bring to life a world at once sensuous, sophisticated, sometimes sweet yet always alluring. Moore’s work is exhibited and collected worldwide. Moore’s fiery independence shows through in these characters, who all seem to have their own checkered pasts, drawn from deep within the artist’s own fantasies and realities, past and present. 

Josué Rojas | Birds of the Americas

An experienced Bay Area public artist, Josué Rojas’s work is characterized by conversations with community and engagement and turning those values, concerns, and stories into aesthetic expression. Working hard to listen to the community, Josué’s work has touched on the sensitivity of topics such as gentrification, police violence against the Latino community, migration, and unaccompanied minor migration. The intention behind his work is to bring critical consciousness and beauty to the same conversation while following a San Francisco tradition of paying respects to decades of muralists who have come before him.


Shawn Man Roland | Beginnings

Shawn Man Roland is currently based out of the Bay Area and was educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and privately. His work incorporates a broad range of skills and knowledge. Using a wide range of materials he creates inspiring paintings, murals, decorative finishing, design, music, and sculpture. He has had years of experience working for designers and several types of studios; working both individually as well as with a team, enabling him to travel throughout the country working on hotels, restaurants, private homes, theme stores, and art exhibitions. 

Malisa Suchanya | Keeping Balance

Malisa is an artist and educator based in Oakland. She was born and raised in Singapore and graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a diploma in Fine Arts. She would later receive her degree in Illustration from The Rhode Island School of Design and her Masters in Art Education from the Academy of Art University. She uses her work to reflect her world, the human experience, and to navigate the complexities of life. Personal experiences, meditation on relationships, and the celebration of the beauty of nature are all recurring themes in her work. Malisa’s painting style creates a dream-like world rooted in reality, inviting her audience to bask in rich colors and wander lush environments, while giving space to contemplate what it is to be human.