Christina Park

BIOGRAPHY

Christina Park is a professional oil painter who has been showing and selling her work in the Greater New York Area since 1992. Her studio is in New Jersey, where she has lived for most of her life. She has an M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College and an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University.

Ms. Park was mentored in classical drawing and oil painting since the age of eight. She continued her studies at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where she earned her B.A. in Fine Art with an emphasis in painting. She received her M.F.A in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase College in Purchase, NY.

In 1992 she had her first one-woman show at the Catskill Art Society, after which she began exploring her own personal style while moving around and working with different artist communities in Rochester, Philadelphia, and Mystic Connecticut.

Her next series of works was Crow Magic, which was exhibited as a one-woman show at the Lena DiGangi Gallery in Totowa, NJ, in 1996; the show was later exhibited at the Paterson Museum in 1997. The series also contributed to a group show at the Bengert-Macrae Gallery in Wyckoff, NJ. Heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and Mexican muralism/surrealism, Crow Magic explored the human experience in relationship to forces within Nature.

In 1998 she exhibited the Human States show at the Triangle Gallery at SUNY Purchase College in Purchase, NY. Human States showed a shift in style, incorporating the influences of Austrian Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism. The show explored psychological power dynamics operating between people in social relationships.

In 2001 she began a new series of works exploring the relationship between the individual's self-perception and larger social realities. Often featuring antique marketing icons and abstract backgrounds, the works are a culmination of her previous stylistic periods, blending classical figurative painting with abstract, surrealist, and pop art elements. In this sense, her work falls into the category of Postmodernism.

In the last eight years she has exhibited her work at the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities in Soho, NY, the Gallery of South Orange in New Jersey, and Bergen Community College.

Christina has taught drawing and oil painting at the Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, the Rockland Center for the Arts, Ramapo State College, and SUNY Purchase College. She continues to produce artwork out of her studio in New Jersey.