Jeff Petersen

Jeff Petersen is a painter, illustrator and muralist who has been based in San Francisco for the last 20 years. His paintings have appeared in various groups shows in California. His murals range from public art projects (SFAC StreetSmArts program, Palo Alto Children’s Library) to private commissions ( Escape From NY Pizza, Little Chihuahua restaurants). He has created music posters for the Fillmore Auditorium ( Bill Graham Presents) and editorial art for the indie music magazine Devil in the Woods. He is also grateful to have the chance to combine his love of surfing and the ocean by creating art for magazines such as Surfer’s Path, Surfer, Surfer’s Journal and illustrating the book Lost Coast by author Drew Kampion. He graduated from San Francisco State in 1992 with a degree in fine art with an emphasis in painting and drawing.

I live and work in San Francisco, California with my wife and son. I paint and sculpt. Occasionally I illustrate books, posters and articles in magazines. I also paint murals.
I think mystery and the unknown are undervalued and also inspiring. My interpretations of the world are mostly rooted in nature and it’s also where I find inspiration which I then, express through my art.


Born 1967, San Mateo, California

Lives and works in San Francisco


“Entranced | Current State of Being”, Avenue 12 Gallery, 1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118


2020 “Ill Lyrics 2” / Group Show,  Jan 1 – March 3rd, Mini Bar SF, 837 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA

 “Bay Area Prints” / Group Show,  June 8th – August 4th, Compound Gallery,1167 65th St. Oakland, CA2017

2017 “Ill Lyrics” / Group Show.  April 27th – June 15th, Mini Bar SF, 837 Divisadero St, San Francisco,CA

2015-16 “Public Barber Art Show” / Group Show. December 10th 2015 – January 2016,  571 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA

“Art Auction to Benefit the Artist #2” / Incline Gallery, Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

2013 “Metaphysical”,  Art auction to Benefit Wayne Ernzer.  April 22nd / 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA

“Art Auction to Benefit the Artist #1” / Incline Gallery, Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Hati Benefit””- SOMArts. March 12. San Francisco, CA

2009 “Red Vic Gallery Space, Jim Rhodes & Jeff Petersen / photographs and paintings” August- September, San Francisco, CA

“Once Upon a Time: Children’s Book Illustrators Then and Now” – MOCHA May 8–June 14, Oakland, CA

2008 “the Water Project”– Thoreau Gallery of the Presidio. June 19th– September 4th. San Francisco, CA

2007 “Human Figure Exhibition” Long Beach Arts. Juried show. February 24- March 30. Long Beach, CA

2006 “Terror?” Intersection for the Arts. September 11- November 11. San Francisco, CA

“Works on Paper Exhibition” Long Beach Arts. Juried show. May 20 – June 23. Long Beach, CA

2005 II Mostra Internacional de Arte e Cultura Surf. Museum of the Image,  (MIS) São Paulo, Brazil

Work included: book illustrations.

2004 “Dolls”- paintings and sculptures. Strayfish, 3299 Mission Street. San Francisco, CA

“Button-Eyed Dolls” paintings and sculpture. ZONAL. Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA

“Processed World” Poetry magazine benefit.- one night only. Balazo 18 Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003 “Blue vs. Blue: Surfing in Art”. Group show. ARTS at Marks Garage. Oahu, Hi.

2000 “Antenna Paintings” Lather Salon. Santa Cruz, CA

1998 “On the Surface: California Surf Culture”.  Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

“Always/ forever/ infinity/ never-ending (summer)”. Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Mixed batch” The Sea Biscuit. San Francisco, CA.


2017 “Saint Caprese” interior mural. Acrylic on MDO. 2`x 8`, Escape from New York Pizza. 2109 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA

2016 “Devil-Angel” interior acrylic on corrugated metal, 2`3“x 8’3“ Escape from New York Pizza, 3342 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA

Little Wolf” , landscape integrated, exterior mural. Keim mineral paint on concrete board, 3’ x 5’. Private commission.

San Francisco, CA

2012 “Musical Combo”,  Acrylic on skipped troweled plaster, 8` x 13`. The Little Chihuahua Restaurant

581 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

2012 “Doloroso” A two door mural – 28” x 96” and 28” x 96”.  SFAC StreetSmARTS Program. Latex/enamel and silver leaf

3239 21st Street. San Francisco , CA

2012 “Mural at Escape from New York Pizza”– SFAC StreetSmarts Program. Interior & Exterior murals.  Exterior 10’ x 20’ /

5’ x 9’ Latex paint. 3342 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Untitled” SFAC StreetSmARTS Program. 28” x 96”. Latex paint. Public space. 3215 21st Street. San Francisco, CA

2009 “W. Guthrie – California Stars”, Mural  19.4’ x 30’. Acrylic paint. 1139 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

2007 “In the Realm of the Golden” 13’ x 18’ , 8’ x 9’ and 8’ x 9’ Acrylic and hard-bound book parts, Palo Alto Children’s

Library. 1276 Harriet Street. Palo Alto, CA

2005 “Little Songstress” 4’ x 15`, oil on wood panels. Sonja Johnson Residence. Private commission. Oakland, CA

2003 “Cars” 8’ x 20’.  Acrylic on wall board. PeteStuff Auto Shop. Private commission. San Rafael, CA 1998. Two 4’ x 8’

panels depicting an “Elsewhere” place of mystery, horror, and science fiction.  Acrylic on MDO board. Private

commission. Elsewhere Books, San Francisco, CA.


Visiting Artist / March 2004. Illustration/ Painting department, Chisholm TAIF in Frankston, Australia.

Award / Palo Alto Architectural Review Board Award, 2010

Children’s Library – 1276 Harriet Street, Palo Alto, California 94301


The Whitby Witches,

2006 Chronicle Books

ISBN 9780811854139

Waves: From Surfing to Tsunami

Author Drew Kampion

2005 Gibbs Smith, Publisher

ISBN 1586852124

Burn, Christmas! Burn!!

2004 Soft Skull Press

ISBN 1932360557

The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf

Author Drew Kampion

2004 Gibbs Smith, Publisher

ISBN 1423603850

Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion Hardcover

Paul Grushkin and Dennis Kelly

2004 Chronicle Books

ISBN-10: 081184529X


Bill Graham Presents

Chronicle Books

Community Arts International

DIW music magazine

Escape From New York Pizza

Faultline Studios

Gibbs-Smith Publisher

Little Chihuahua Restaurant

Maximum Impact Design

The Mexican Museum

Ocean Beach Physical Therapy

Palo Alto Children’s Library



Surfer’s Path

Avenue 12 Gallery

1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue

San Francisco CA 94118