Chilly-O is a photographer born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Stamford, CT in the 70's through the 90’s. He received his B.A. from Norfolk State University in the Fine arts of Psychology and attended Clark Atlanta University on a Master’s level for Counseling Psychology. The Pittsburgh native learned to conquer change early in life due to his family's adversity. Hardships saw Chilly -O and his family reside in over 6 cities by the time he was 18, and his exposure to different coasts, and various lifestyles shaped an awareness and appreciation for cultivating culture that has since guided him. Those cities consisted of New York City, Baltimore, Los Angeles outside of his native homes of Pittsburgh and Stamford.
He moved to Atlanta in 1994, where he took on a career in the Social Work field, helping underserved communities for 10 years. He then went on to retire from that field to start a clothing line in the street wear market and the arts.
Chilly-O has exhibited his photography in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Studio 905 on Juniper(ATL), The Garage Projects (Atlanta, GA), The Soundtable (Atlanta,GA) and City of Ink (Atlanta) . His black and white photography and clothing can be seen in numerous blogs and publications such as Vice Magazine.
To date, Chilly-O has been a humble legend in Atlanta's numerous creative, bike, and entertainment circles for going on two decades due in part to his consistent presence and persistent role as a major contributor to whatever community he finds himself in. Chilly-O is also a legend because of his capacity to evolve and encourage that evolution in his environment. Be it the innovative collision of fine art aesthetics and street refinement with his self-titled clothing line ("Chilly-O"), or his insightful and inspired work as a photographer, or even his ability to mold and promote Atlanta’s' current and up & coming creative giants, Chilly-O continues to show us what's next. Currently, Chilly-O next move is Art Basel with the art maverick, Swizz Beats and Toyko International Photography Fair.