Alexis Amann Art & Illustration


Hi! I'm an artist and illustrator raised on the Oregon coast and have lived in the SF Bay Area for over a decade. I earned my BA in Painting from Portland State University and my MFA in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute.  I love gouache, ink, and making pixels look like gouache and ink. 

Let me know how I can help you with your illustration project, or with any inquiries on available original paintings and drawings.  Get in touch!


Clients include: Potential Gospel (band), Windy City Times,Portland Mercury, Berkeley Streets Alive, Dragontime (band), Circle Community Acupuncture Clinic, World Savvy

Exhibition History & Bibliography

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions
2016 Amulet Paintings, Resurrect, Oakland, CA
2015 Underworld, Oxtail Studios & Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2012 Harpy Halloween, storefront installation, Paul’s Hat Works, San Francisco, CA
2011 Meanwhile. . . , Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA
2009 Don’t Give Up the Ship, storefront installation collaboration with Jonathan Burstein, Artists in Storefronts Program, SFAC,, Central Market Street, San Francisco, CA
2008 Love & Water, Dust Gallery at Atomic Todd’s, Las Vegas, NV
2008 California Dreams & Realities, curated by New Image Art Gallery, Mollusk Surf Shop, Venice Beach, CA
2007 Voyage of the R’ship, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Throwing Rocks at Strangers, Disjecta, Portland, OR
2002 Blood/Sugar, Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017, Wonder, A Conversation With Wimmin, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2016 Windows, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Paper Cups, Long Weekend, Oakland, CA
2016 Inside My Brain, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Moonage Daydream, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Wunderkammer, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2015 Strikeaway Show, Paxton's Gate, San Francisco, CA
2014 Space Stories, Roll-Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 Hello 2014: Sci-Fi Showcase, Paint Pens Collective, D-Structure, San Francisco CA
2013 Dark Beach, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Underwater, Roll-Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 The Red Zone, Gallery 85, San Jose, CA
2012 Phenomena, curated by Beautiful Fields, Phatory Gallery, New York, NY
2012 All in for the 99%, Ace Museum, curated by New Image Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011 15th Anniversary Show, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
2011 Words from the Water, Roll-Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 The LAB’s Annual Auction, The LAB Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 The LAB’s Annual Auction, The LAB Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Drawing Board, Arin Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA
2009 The LAB’s Annual Auction, The LAB Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 FasTrak, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
2008 Propagations, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
2008 The LAB’s Annual Auction, The LAB Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Looking Forward to It: The Discipline of Anticipation, The LAB, San Francisco, CA
2007 Red Dot Art Fair, Bucheon Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Bridge Art Fair, Bucheon Gallery, Miami, FL
2007 The LAB’s Annual Auction, The LAB, San Francisco, CA
2007 The Greek Play, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2006 Emerge, Gen Arts, San Francisco, CA
2006 tranSFOrm and reLAX, P. Casero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Small Works, Portland Modern, Portland, OR
2006 I Told You Already: Vernissage, SFAI MFA Show, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, SF
2005 Continuing MFA Show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Mayhem, Annual SOEX Juried Show, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 That’s So Queer, Cell Space, San Francisco, CA
2004 Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR
2004 Portland Modern Show, Hall Gallery, Portland, OR
2004 Body Politics, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
2003 Group Show, The Art Dojo, Portland, OR
2002 Between the Sheets Book Arts, FPA Dean’s Gallery, Portland, OR
2002 The Cell Project Installation, 27th and Alberta, Portland, OR

Selected Bibliography
2014 "Paint Pens Collective Beams Up For “Hello, 2014″ , YayLA Blog, December 28.
2012 "Featured Artist: Alexis Amann," Aorta Magazine online, January 4
2011 Rubio, Rae, "Interview with Alexis Amann", Art Larking blog, November 6
2009 Barber, Lindsay, “Spraying over Scars,” Golden Gate Xpress, December 23
2009 Veltman, Chloe, “When Business Moves Out, Art Moves In,” New York Times, December 19
2009 Romano, Robert, “Artwork shines on Storefronts,” The Guardsman, December 16
2009 Castro, Martina, “Art as economic stimulus,” Crosscurrents, KALW, November 2
2009 McBee, Thomas, “The Body Electric: Alexis Amann on Bearded Ladies, Narwhals, and Riot Grrls,” Bitch Magazine blog, November 2
2009 Samuel, Molly, “Art in Storefronts,”, November 2
2009 Gordon, Rachel, “Artwork to aid San Francisco’s Blighted Streets,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 24
2009 Kim, Lillian, “Artists help fill empty storefronts” ABC7, October 23
2009 Braithwaite, Michael, “An Interview with Alexis Amann,” Plastic Antinomy, issue 3/4 Blue/Green, p.38-40
2008 Las Vegas City Life, “Water Worlds,” November 13-19
2008, “Alexis Amann,” Interview, August 18
2008 Nylon Magazine, “California Dreamin’, Deanna Templeton and Alexis Amann” April 27
2008 Cheng, DeWitt, “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis,” East Bay Express, April 16
2008 Sussman, Matt, “Abstract Ecosystems with a Guiding Force,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 16
2008 Carr, Vanessa, “Swordfish, styrofoam, and sprouting growth,” Pixel Vison, San Francisco Bay Guardian Art and Culture Blog, March 25
2008 O’Toole, Meighan, “Alexis Amann,”, March 8
2007 Huston, Johnny Ray, “Weekly Picks,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, September 26
2007 “Alexis Amann,” review October 30
2007 “Inside City Limits,” interview, Channel 11 SF, October 2007
2004 Blake, Victoria, “More from Modern Showcase,” The Oregonian, November 26
2004 Portland Modern, Issue #1, exhibition in print
2004 Dirks, Ryan, “Portland Modern,” Portland Mercury, November 18
2002 Lambert, Lisa, “Cellular Tours,” Willamette Week, February 20 


2018 October Intuitive Drawing Workshop, Handcraft School
2017 Summer, Instructor, Intuitive Drawing, SFAI Public Education
2014 Summer, Instructor, Daily Practice of Drawing, SFAI Public Education
2013 Summer, Instructor, Narrative Drawing, SFAI Public Education
2010 Fall, Instructor, Oil Painting Fundamentals, SFAI Public Education
2010 Summer, Instructor, Narrative Drawing, SFAI Public Education
2008 Spring, Workshop Instructor Narrative Painting, San Francisco Center for the Book
2006 Summer, Instructor, Mixed Media: Beginning Acrylic Painting, SFAI Young Artist Program


2006 MFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute
2002 BA, Drawing/Painting/Printmaking, Portland State University