Chella Man is an artist who identifies as Deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, and Jewish, Chella found: He didn’t have role models to look up to, so he decided to be his own representation. This motto “Be your own representation” would become a pillar of his teachings.
He has given talks all over the country on the intersections of art, disability, queerness, race, and healing. Since leaving high school as a Junior to attend college early, he has published his first book, Continuum, with Penguin, participated in numerous gallery and solo shows, worked as a columnist for Condé Naste’s first queer publication Them, launched a radically inclusive clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, signed as the first Deaf and trans-masculine model with IMG Models, and was casted as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s.
He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.
2020 —Judge of Shorty Awards
2019 — Shorty Awards LGBTQ+ Account, Top 10 Dazed 100, Pride 50 Award,Queerty Award
2018 — Out 100
2020 — ‘Frankenstein’ in the National Theater of the Deaf’s Production
2019 — ‘Jericho’ in DC Universe’s Titans Season II
Select Speaking & Events
Penn State’s Keynote Speaker, NorthEastern University, Florida State University, Inclusivity and Accessibility Panel at Twitter NYC HQ, BBYO - Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Brooklyn Museum, TedX
2020 — Executive Producer of “Trans in Trumpland,” Private Policy Jewelry, Judge of Instagram’s Portraiture Art Competition, Adobe Creative Cloud, Design Collection with Inkbox Tattoos
2019 — Designer for Opening Ceremony