Christine Columbo is a contemporary American artist working in a variety of mediums, although primarily oil. A participating member of OPA (Oil Painters of America), AAA (Allied Artists of America) and PSA (Portrait Society of America), she has received 40+ awards since she started painting in 2017, and has been published in multiple Art Journals and Magazines.
Most recently, in 2020 she won first place in the annual portraits competition in ArtAscent Magazine's February issue and was included as an 'Artist to Watch' article in Southwest Art Magazine's August issue.
Her exhibit schedule includes the 'Disrupted Realism' show at Buckham Gallery, Flint, Michigan, (exhibit will be in April 2021) and she is currently a featured solo artist at GalleryRing.com.
Christine regards all of her work as personal reflections, born from her 20 plus years of monastic contemplation focused on life, death, consciousness, love, and liberation. She currently lives in a monastery in Crestone, Colorado.
All my life, despite a deep passion and sense of fulfillment that came from creating art, there existed simultaneously an undercurrent inside me I would describe as ‘terror of the impermanence of the world’. This realization, that everything I knew through my senses would eventually break down or disappear, consumed me by the age of 35. It was at that point I ‘walked out of my life’ and lived as an Eastern monastic for the next 22 years.
My question during that time was, if I too was to eventually breakdown and disappear, could I experience this while still alive? Was there something permanent, that didn’t come and go, and if so, was I part of it? And would it be more real then this world?
My current life as an artist comes from this almost 60-year life journey - the first half a pile of futile pursuits and indulgences to become somebody, and the second half a deconstruction of the first half to become nobody.
As an artist now I focus on portraits, seeking to uncover the layers of our human condition to expose something more fundamental and intimate. I am currently working on a series called ‘Portraits from the Bardo’ - an exploration of transformation, dissolution, death and recreation in life and consciousness.
I portray everyday people, mostly woman, being layered and unlayered at the same time - visually and supernaturally dissolving to hint at the distortions of what is real and unreal in our world- inquiries into our deepest belief systems and conditioning.
All of my work is personal, I seek to expose through the expressions of my subjects what may be buried or secretly loved and feared in all of us - life, death, consciousness, longing, loss, and liberation.