Chor Boogie, a.k.a. Joaquin Lamar Hailey, a critically acclaimed artist, recently honored by Société Perrier as being number 3 among the “Top Ten U.S. Street Artists”. Chor’s artwork is sought after by collectors and influencers, included but limited to, Google, Playboy, the Ritz Carlton, MTV, Anthony Robbins, Heineken, the Blackstone Group, Zazzle.com, Rock the Bells, and the TJ Martell Foundation. His portraits have been commissioned by celebrities such as Hugh Hefner, Jay Z, the artist formerly known as Prince, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, and Easy E. of N.W.A.
Chor visionary murals and artwork have been showcased on the world stage such as Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival (Washington D.C.), the Museum of Public Arts in Baton Rouge, Museum of Art Puerto Rico, the LA Art Fair, Torrance Art Museum in LA, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Man San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Children’s Museum San Diego, Syracuse University Museum, and the first mural in the Swiss Alps for the Vision Arts Festival, Switzerland.
In October, 2010 Chor Boogie's “The Eyes of the Berlin Wall”, mural painted on an actual fragment of the Berlin Wall was reportedly sold for €500,000, making history for the street art genre. His politically charged series "The Divided States of America,” commissioned by the entrepreneur Nirmal Mulye, was exhibited in 2012 in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention at the Elder Gallery.
He is recognized for having achieved a groundbreaking level of technical and emotional virtuosity in the medium of spray paint. He approaches his use of color as a form of therapy and visual medicine, and has been dubbed “the color shaman” by comrades and fans.
“Take Chor Boogie’s mural ‘The Color Therapy of Perception,’ a riotously vibrant painting of a pair of eyes stretching along Market Street near downtown. It has the visual power of a kaleidoscope, and its subject matter is an evocation of the author and activist Jane Jacob’s pronouncement on urban safety: ‘There must be eyes upon the street.’” - The New York Times