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Cristina Lopez Casas Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

Artist Cristina Lopez Casas paints deeply personal and stirring portraits of women. “My work is a record of what a woman can do as an alternative to following the traditional role of family pillar,” says Cristina. “It gives me constant joy and peace, it is essential to my mental well being. Yes, art is therapy. And so much more once it connects to another woman's life.” Growing up in Chile, Cristina studied graphic design. She desired to be a painter but many obstacles delayed her dream. Soon after school, she married, had two sons and moved to California to start a business selling wrought iron furniture. Many years passed before an unexpected move to Mexico City allowed her to return to school for a Masters in Painting. Today, Cristina lives in Oaxaca, where she enjoys the support of a vibrant arts community. She paints in a small bamboo workshop on the roof of her house with a fantastic view of the mountains. When she’s not painting, she enjoys spending time with her partner, walking and talking about science, philosophy, art and food.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Cristina Lopez Casas paints deeply personal and stirring portraits of women. “My work is a record of what a woman can do as an alternative to following the traditional role of family pillar,” says Cristina. “It gives me constant joy and peace, it is essential to my mental well being. Yes, art is therapy. And so much more once it connects to another woman's life.” Growing up in Chile, Cristina studied graphic design. She desired to be a painter but many obstacles delayed her dream. Soon after school, she married, had two sons and moved to California to start a business selling wrought iron furniture. Many years passed before an unexpected move to Mexico City allowed her to return to school for a Masters in Painting. Today, Cristina lives in Oaxaca, where she enjoys the support of a vibrant arts community. She paints in a small bamboo workshop on the roof of her house with a fantastic view of the mountains. When she’s not painting, she enjoys spending time with her partner, walking and talking about science, philosophy, art and food.

    Artist Statement

    I make my paintings out of two resources: my experiences as an immigrant, and my knowledge of art history. So, there are cultural and personal memories, nostalgia, roles and relationships in my mind when I paint; along with questions about the formal aspects of a painting.

    I start with a very basic classical technique and sooner than expected I move to alter it into something modern, then edit it with a classical mind frame, sometimes move closer to illustration or the decorative as in crafts that I see all the time being produced in the place I chose to live: Oaxaca. I try to stay away from contemporary art influences that feel aggressive to the human body, I like to make it accessible and pleasing to inexperienced spectators, including the young. I am inspired by the fantastic as it is studied in literature, as a structure for presenting and confronting paradigms of beliefs. I find myself in the postmodern concept of collaging ideas, balancing colors and shapes between a desire to see something beautiful that also incorporates the sad and the strangeness of human life.

    Artist Background

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Master of Fine Arts, 2013

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    Bachelor of Arts, 1987

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