Cheyne Gallarde’s Legendary Queens and Superheroes

Cheyne Gallarde is a multi-faceted artist born and raised in Hawaii. Prior to creating illustrations, Cheyne was an award-winning fashion photographer. Cheyne’s illustration work reimagines drag queens as superheroes and villains. With their amazing transformations and over-the-top personas, drag queens are the modern-day superheroes that the world needs today. Cheyne’s work is nostalgic, celebrating the sentimental look and grit of vintage comics while putting a modern twist on it.Recently, Cheyne won an Advertising Award for his MTV’s Video Music Awards illustrations and was a contributing artist in the Pow!Wow! Festival. His 38′ Tall Mural located behind Ward Theatres is a dedication to the fabulous mahu of Hawaii. In 2020, his cover art for Tom & Lorenzo’s queer-centric “Legendary Children” was released to much praise. In 2019, he won a National Advertising Award for his illustrations of LGBTQ icons for Logo. When not drawing or painting, Cheyne loves to unwind with video games, binge-watching trashy reality TV, and lounging with his rescue dog Rocket.

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Cheyne Gallarde


My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 12 years, together for 25 and living with our partner of 4 years, in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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