CHRISTINE LAFUENTE (American b. 1968-)
Trained in working from life, I take inspiration from visual experiences of nature- living, breathing, changing nature. Whether painting outdoors by the sea or on a city rooftop, or indoors from the still life, I work exclusively by natural light because of the way it creates and dissolves forms into color fields and tonal notes. A painting should be a poetic response to a visual experience. I often work in series as a way to play with composition, and have found that I often return to subjects again and again as a way to mark the passing of time.
A native of Poughkeepsie NY, Christine received an A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr College in 1991. She then moved to downtown Philadelphia to earn a Certificate in Painting and Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There she was awarded a Louis S. Ware Memorial Scholarship for European Travel. While Artist-in-Residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1997 to 2002, she began teaching and studied at the Barnes Foundation. In 2003 she moved to Brooklyn NY, where she earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College under the late painter Lennart Anderson. She has had 34 solo exhibitions, been featured in 26 art publications and papers, received 14 grants and artist residencies, curated art exhibitions and lectured at several universities, museums, and art institutions. Christine currently lives and works in Brooklyn throughout the year and spends summers painting in Maine.
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. M.FA. in Painting. Dean’s List. 2004.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Certificate in Painting with a Minor in Printmaking. 1995.
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA Coursework towards M.F.A. 1999- 2000.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA. A.B. in English with Departmental Honors. 1991.
State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY.
Coursework towards B.A. 1988- 1990.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Princeton, NJ.
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, Williamsburg, VA.
ARCO Chemical Company, Philadelphia, PA.
CIGNA Insurance Company of North America, Philadelphia, PA.
Purcell, Janet. “Fine Arts: Must-see exhibit in Hopewell,” The Times of Trenton, Trenton, NJ. December 2016.
Rose, Joshua. “Beauty and Revelations,” American Art Collector, Scottsdale, AZ. April 2013.
Donohoe, Victoria. “Bloom and Grow,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA. March 25, 2011.
Rose, Joshua. “Forget Me Not,” American Art Collector, Scottsdale, AZ. March 2011.
Bates, Pamela. “Christine Lafuente”, Art of England, Staffordshire, England. August 2008.
Perricelli, Lynn Moss. “Seeing Clearly”, American Artist, New York, NY. April 2008.