Artist Cheba at work
Cheba at work

Cheba first picked up a spray can in the early 2000’s and quickly became addicted to painting within the thriving street art culture of his hometown of Bristol, and beyond.

Cheba’s recent work is heavily inspired by Space, specifically the Hubble Telescope photos. His works depict parts of the cosmos like nebulae and star clusters but because the subject is so otherworldly and unfamiliar it blurs the line between the representational and the abstract. Cheba combines the graffiti staple of spray paint with more traditional medias such as oil, acrylic and ink and in recent years experimenting with resin. Painting on layer after layer with various mediums creating nebula like formations sometimes based on real nebulas. Using multiple layers of resin, to create thick paintings that appear almost sculptural, they need to be seen in the flesh to capture the depth of each piece which can be seen differently depending on the angle the work is viewed. 

Galaxies on a chess board – Street artist, Cheba x Purling London Art Chess – How it’s made
Norway Chess tournament trophies Northern Lights Rook by Cheba
Chess Trophies by Cheba ‘Northern Lights’ Rooks for Norway Chess 2020

For Norway Chess 2020 Purling provided these beautiful Chess Trophies, designed by Cheba on the theme of the Northern Lights. The six participants; Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja and Aryan Tari, will each be presented with one as a memento of the event.

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Photoshoot at the interview with RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan with Art Chess by Cheba
(Photo credit: Mike Relm)
RZA on Chess Life Magazine with Cheba Art Chess
RZA with Art Chess by Cheba
(Photo credit: Mike Relm)
Altibox Norway Chess Trophies by Cheba x Purling London inspired by the Northern Lights
RZA of the Wu Tang Clan for the cover of Chess Life Magazine
RZA with Art Chess by Cheba
(Photo credit: Mike Relm)


RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan with intereviewed by Adisa Banjoko for Chess Life magazine. We were asked if we would loan an Art Chess set for this special photoshoot. He, Mike Relm and RZA chose a 1 of 1 hand-painted board by UK street artist Cheba.  See more about this interview and photography by Mike Relm in our News Story.

Cheba has gone on to showcase his work internationally alongside illustrious figures from the world of street art. Notably the ‘Crimes of Passion’ show at the Royal west Academy of Arts and more recently ‘Smile Britannia’ at the House of Commons. His work has also featured in a host of publications, including ‘Graffiti World’, ‘The Art of Rebellion’, ‘Children of the Can’ and ‘Banksy’s Bristol’.

Cheba has donated many works but most notably he was selected for two charitable fundraising public art exhibitions, Gromits Unleashed and Wow Gorillas, alongside household names such as Sir Quentin Blake, Peter Brookes & Peter Blake. At auction Cheba’s sculptures raised £28,000 and £10,000 respectively, among the highest selling at both auctions.

Cheba’s Purling London Art Chess set simulates the concept of planets, stars and swirling nebulae. The board is semi-translucent and features glitter and spray paint set within 8 hand-poured layers of resin. This one-of-a-kind chess board is highly polished and complemented by sparkling hand-spray painted chess pieces. 

Northern Lights Rook by Cheba at Norway Chess tournament
Purling London Chess Trophy by Cheba at Norway Chess 2020
Photography credit: Norway Chess

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No Place Like Home by Cheba
No Place Like Home’ by Cheba
Art Chess by Cheba signature
Art Chess by Cheba with his signature