Christina Chwyl grew up next to the Pacific Ocean in Victoria, British Columbia. Art has always been a central part of Christina’s life; growing up, she enjoyed drawing, writing poetry, and playing the piano and harp. Fascinated by people and their inner worlds, Christina went on to pursue psychology. In her art, this is reflected in her subject matter—she typically paints people lost in thought. Christina also draws inspiration for her art from the west coast landscape and her dreams. Christina’s artwork, which can best be described as abstract realism, incorporates multiple layers and materials in order to create an expressive atmosphere.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she relocated to Arizona to train intensively under professional artists at the Milan Art Institute. This fall, Christina will pursue a Clinical PhD in Philadelphia, while painting in her at-home studio which overlooks the city. Christina believes that when people follow their curiosities and passions, they become fully alive and inspire others to do the same. In the tradition of artist-scientists such as da Vinci and Ramon y Cajal, she embraces a multi-passionate lifestyle.
Creating a more compassionate world is Christina’s greatest vision. She regularly supports local animal sanctuaries and Kiva, a loan empowerment program. Through art, Christina hopes to create a space in which people can experience reflection, peace, and possibility.
Photo Credit: Nathaniel Lynde