This week I had the opportunity to meet Christopher Linquata who prefers to called Christo. I thought it was very awesome how both are names are similar because my name is Christa, the only exception is the “a” at the end. Christo collaborated ideas with Mike and together they created show named “Sacred & Profane”. Christopher’s art is displayed in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West. Christo is in his last year of the masters program at Cal State Long Beach. He is a representational drawing/painting major.Before uptaking the challenge of entering the masters program, he was teaching other art to others. He realized he needed a further education in order to become a better teacher and artist.
Once you walk into the art gallery, the art set up is very intriguing. There are four large paintings hung on the walls, while there are three small painted panels are laid on a shelf. Each background includes a beach with ruins in it. Another thing I noticed was that the faces were very similar and it even included Christopher’s own face. I was very intrigued and wanted to know the story behind it. There was some specific actions in some paintings. His acrylic paintings were based off scared and religious scenes. Generally, he paints theological scenes and he used to be a religious icon major. Each painting is either based on a classical or religious scene. One of the paintings represent a version of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, with Christopher portraying Jesus. Another painting is when Hercules was killed by his father again with the artist being the main character. Another sort of inspiration for Christopher is nature and the artist Piero Della Francesca. The three panels he painted of himself, son, and wife were actually references to Francesca. The locations are actually the ruins of San Pedro. It took Christopher ten months to complete all his paintings. Personally, I enjoyed his art pieces! I found it interesting how he made modern versions of classical and religious scenes.
Check out Christopher on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/christo.linquata