Slade Wheeler born 1970. In his earliest childhood, Slade fell in love with color, light and music. Growing up in a family of artisans and musicians, he both heard and saw the beauty that they created. From them, he learned that excellence of technique and depth of emotion are at the heart of any artistic work that strives to be a masterpiece. As he grew, he began to express himself in music and in painting, constantly searching for ways to draw from the experience of one to create the other.

At the age of 13 Slade was recognized for his artistic aptitude and was offered an apprenticeship by Ra, a classical realist. In exchange for art lessons, Slade cleaned and organized the painter’s studio and began building the artistic foundation that would guide him toward the traditional representational painting that he practices today.

In college, Slade followed instructors who specialized in classical forms of teaching. After years of study in anatomy, composition and two-dimensional design, he began the extensive study of past Masters. Over time Slade discovered his love for the minute details and the use of symbolism that realism and trompe l’oeil styles offer. His work is often laced with allegory and contemporary references, narrated by the use of everyday objects and icons placed in near-surreal settings. He remains dedicated to the traditional approach and “close observation” that is required for the precise execution his paintings.

Slade Wheeler resides in Oakhurst CA, near Yosemite National Park, with his wife and son.


Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


2020 – Meyer Gallery “Let’s Get Real – Realism and Trompe l’Oeil Paintings” Santa Fe, NM
2017 – John Pence Gallery “Spring Showcase Exhibition” San Francisco, CA
2016 – John Pence Gallery “Still Life and Florals Exhibition” San Francisco, CA
2016 – Meyer Gallery “A Detailed View” Santa Fe, NM
2012 – John Pence Gallery “Trompe L’oeil/Still Life Exhibition” San Francisco, CA
2011 – John Pence Gallery “Trompe L’oeil Exhibition” San Francisco, CA
2010 – Garden District Gallery “The Art of Illusion” New Orleans, LA 
2009 – Meyer Gallery “Desired Effects – Trompe L’oeil Invitational” Santa Fe, NM
2002 – Bistango Gallery “Featured Artists Exhibition” Irvine, CA


2014 – International 2013/2014 ARC Salon – Chairman’s Choice Award  
2010 – The Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition – Still Life – Finalist


Southwest Art Magazine “Artist to Watch: Slade Wheeler” July 2016