Catherine Christiano is an American painter known for her detailed representational works that attract the eye and engage the mind. Catherine works from close observation of subjects that are from her life and environment while also drawing from the well of art history when determining compositions. Concepts from a number of artists, including those as disparate as Edward Hopper, Wayne Thiebaud, Juan Sanchez Cotan, or ancient artists, may be employed when developing works.
Born and raised in suburban central New Jersey during the sixties, Catherine’s unconventional path to studio art includes a bachelor’s in engineering and an MBA in finance, jobs at General Electric’s Knolls Atomic Power Lab and Deloitte & Touche, among others, combined with part-time study in drawing and painting at several art centers including the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts in New York. A move to Connecticut prompted her to fully focus on her artwork and significant additional studies at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (BFA, 2001). Catherine has maintained a studio in Old Lyme since 1995.
Catherine illustrated the memoir Poverty Island, published by the Old Lyme Historical Society and designed the seal for the Town of Old Lyme. Her work has also been published in American Artist Drawing, on the cover of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and on the cover of Trusteeship, a journal of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
Catherine exhibits extensively primarily in the Northeast. Her work has been shown in New York City at George Billis Gallery, Project Room 88 and the AAF Contemporary Art Fair and in New York State at the Arnot Art Museum. She also has exhibited in Connecticut at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut; Fairfield University; the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Mattatuck Museum; the Slater Memorial Museum; Pfizer Global Research & Development; the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts; The Cooley Gallery; Art Essex Gallery; and with the itinerant cooperative artist group Gallery One.