André Renay


Hearts in San Francisco Project

Since its inception in 2004, the Hearts in San Francisco project has been a cornerstone of philanthropy, rallying local artists to support Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Today, this tradition endures, marking over 20 years of profound impact on our city’s public hospital.

Hearts in San Francisco has become more than just an art project—it’s a symbol of support for the people of San Francisco. New hearts are unveiled each year, capturing the community’s creativity while raising vital funds that support innovative and equitable care at ZSFG.

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      Meet the Artist:

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      André Renay was born and raised in San Francisco in a Caribbean household. His work consists of colorful, visually charged, and abstract matrixes coexisting, in a negative non-space, with human-like figures. The figures he illustrates are stand-ins for himself or his loved ones, imagined siblings he longed for earlier in his life as an only child, or a way to illustrate a societal learned vision of the family archetype. The imagery he creates hints at childishness, being a celebration of Black hair and heritage, depicting kinship or a state of youthful imagination people embrace as kids but grow out of with time.


      Experimenting with the materiality of paint and straying away from any indication of a bare canvas is important in my process. His painting practice is heavily guided by rhythm and the routinely nature of sports’ mentality. Having been part of the elite basketball world all his life, creation, to him, is a daily decision to paint and follow an intuitive flow of ideas. His process is about consistency and a way to express himself and deal with the daily trials and tribulations of life.