Catherine Christiano is an American artist living and working in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She is known for her detailed representational works that combine multiple images from everyday life. Her latest painting series juxtaposes still-lifes from nature with newspaper text and images. These works reflect contemporary socio-political concerns and the respite from the chaos that nature provides.
Catherine had her first solo museum exhibition in 2022 at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT. She has participated in group exhibitions at a number of regional museums and university galleries. These include the New Britain Museum of American Art, George Billis Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles, and numerous public spaces with the itinerant cooperative group Gallery One.
In 2023, Catherine was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, State of Connecticut. She designed the seal for the Town of Old Lyme and illustrated the memoir Poverty Island, published by the Old Lyme Historical Society. 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.
Born and raised in suburban New Jersey to first- and second- generation parents, Catherine’s path to studio art was unconventional. Early on, her analytical strengths led her to earn engineering and finance degrees. After work hours, while employed by organizations like GE and Deloitte, she developed her skills in artmaking. This led her to the National Academy of Design School in NYC and then the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. At that time, the Lyme Academy was a small school for the serious study of drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history, that had been established in the heart of the former American Impressionist colony. Catherine spent several years there intensely working from the human figure and completed a BFA in 2001.