Raised in Laguna Beach and transplanted to New York for most of her adult life, Christiana is an artist that utilizes her Israeli, Eastern European heritage to investigate her personal and cultural displacement creating a passionate desire for intra-personal and community awareness. As a child growing up in foster care, she was eventually adopted at the age of four; her experiences have urged her quest for her identity. Art was a likely refuge, where her emotions nurture self-confidence and self-respect.
Christiana has always maintained a positive attitude towards life, which is displayed through her life affirming work. As a result of this, she extends her desires, encouraging herself and others to support others in their life struggles. This selfless calling has compelled her to materialize elements in her work that incorporates social issues such as poverty, prejudice, racism, and abuse to bring awareness to the plight of others.
While using the female form as the starting point for her artistic journey, Christiana avoided traditional objectification in an attempt to reclaim her personal, physical, and cultural identity. Christiana positioned the female as an iconic figure of strength to seduce the audience and materialize specific social issues in hoping to incite discussion and a positive change. It is her ability to employ vibrant and intense colors that forges a vibrating tension that emanates from her work, which cause shifts in the viewer's experience. Furthermore, she frequently harnesses the symbolism of masking and unmasking the female icon to interpolate the purpose of personal beauty with social injustice that stigmatizes it.
1985 Best Painter, Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA
BFA California State University Long Beach, CA
Laguna Beach School of Fine Arts, CA
Post Graduate Art Therapy, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY