Christina Angelina

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Christina Angelina
(Starfighter)
Born Santa Monica, California
Nationality American
Known for street art, muralism, collaborations
Movement street art, murals
Website www.christinaangelina.com

Christina Angelina also known as "Starfighter," is a Venice based visual artist, photographer and gallerist. Angelina is internationally renowned for her public art and large-scale figurative murals and was a featured artist in the Google Art Project's Street Art Collection launched in 2016.[1] In 2015 the Huffington Post cited the collaboration between Angelina and Fin DAC in São Paulo entitled "Splash" as one of the "Most Influential Acts Of Street Art Around The World" and in 2016 Angelina was highlighted as among the most innovative artists to watch in Sleek Magazine.[2][3] Angelina finished "Whitney Peak," a mural commissioned by the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno, Nevada.

Early life[edit]

Growing up in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, Angelina was surrounded by performers on the boardwalk, caricaturists creating sketches and muralists painting on walls in alleyways.[4] Inspired by the creativity of the community, she began painting when she was a teenager, selling prints to friends and local art collectors.[4] Angelina received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art from UCLA in addition to studying animation at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and photography at the Art Center College of Design.[4] After graduating college, Angelina worked in a variety of media including drawing, painting and graphic design before homing in on street art and adopting the public persona "Starfighter".[5]

Murals[edit]

Deciding to be unconstrained by the rules and spatial limits of gallery, Angelina typically paints her figurative portraits on large-scale outdoor walls.[5] The artist is known for her detailed, realistic murals that often depict female figures and explore the duality between strength and vulnerability and the power associated with both.[6] In line with the site specific nature of street art, Angelina paints in settings and for communities that inspire her.[7] In an effort to give back to these communities, Angelina conducts public lectures to discuss her work and the importance of establishing local connections.[8]

Her murals are on walls throughout Los Angeles, ranging from neighborhoods such as South Central to Venice to the Downtown Arts District.[7] Outside of Los Angeles, Angelina's work can be seen in cities that include: Berlin, Miami, Reno, New York City, Belfast and São Paulo.[9]

In addition to urban cities, Angelina is inspired by abandoned locations that she can enliven with her work.[10] For example, the artist collaborated with fellow muralist Ease One on an installation entitled “The Tank,” located in an obscure desert setting called Slab City on the southern edge of the Salton Sea.[11]

Collaborations[edit]

Angelina has collaborated with several muralists, street artists and graffiti writers including: Fin DAC, Ease One, SEK, Hueman, Kevin Ledo, Spencer "Mar" Guilbert, Ana Marietta, and Fanakapan. In 2015, LAist included a collaboration between Angelina and FinDAC as among their list of best new street art.[12]

Commercial installations[edit]

Angelina has received mural commissions from companies such as Nike, Nylon Magazine, Heineken and Microsoft, and did a live painting installation for the musician Kaskade to promote his album Fire & Ice.[9][13] In 2012, Angelina completed several paintings and window dressings exclusively for Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, which have since become part of the department store’s permanent collection.[14] Also in 2012, she designed the cover art for Rodrigo y Gabriela's album Area 52 and appeared in the music video "Eyes Like Pearls" by Van Hunt from the album What Were You Hoping For?.[15][16]

Burning Man[edit]

The Burning Man annual gathering at Black Rock City, Nevada has played a significant role in Angelina's career and was where she got the name "Starfighter:" initially a reference to her outfit but also a commentary on her role as a strong female within the predominantly male-driven art world.[4] Apart from being a Burning Man participant for over 14 years, Angelina has created large installations at the gathering starting in 2004.[17][18]

Whitney Peak Mural[edit]

The Whitney Peak mural was completed in June 2015. It was commissioned by the Whitney Peak Hotel for display on the side of the hotel, and features a hooded woman with long dark hair. The Whitney Peak mural was completed during the inaugural Sculpture Fest in Reno. Being in the center of the city and across from the Reno Arch, the mural is also known as the "Face of Reno." Standing at 80'x35', the mural took three days to install, and the installation process endured 30 mph winds. The commissioned work was done entirely in blue and silver spray paint, and is also Angelina's tallest solo work.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "Google goes street: L.A. launch party celebrates public art". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  2. ^ Reporter, Mallika Rao Arts; Post, The Huffington (2014-12-30). "The 21 Best Acts Of Street Art In 2014". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles: An Alternative Art Tour". sleek mag. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Get That Life: How I Became a Famous Street Artist". Cosmopolitan. December 7, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Starfighter". www.American-Giant.com. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Christina Angelina | theworldisacanvas". theworldisacanvas.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Street Artists of Los AngelesSIX DEGREES LA | Los Angeles Marketing & Branding Agency". sixdegreesla.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Exploring Street Art visits Christina Angelina Studio | UCLA Extension Visual Arts". visual.uclaextension.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  9. ^ a b "STARFIGHTER - THE INTERVIEW". MTN Australia. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Christina Angelina - Becks Urban Canvas". Becks Urban Canvas. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  11. ^ "Angelina Christina | Coachella Magazine". coachellamagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  12. ^ "14 Artists Behind The Best New Street Art In Los Angeles". LAist. Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  13. ^ Zen Arts Kaskade Live Paintings on Vimeo
  14. ^ "christian louboutin at neimans beverly hills this friday… | The Boutique 411". TheBoutique411.com. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ NME.COM. "NME Videos | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive Video from Van Hunt". Rolling Stone. December 8, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Reno proves its sculptures are not just for Burning Man". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  18. ^ "Interdimensional Portals and Miniature Murals Invade Honolulu | The Creators Project". The Creators Project. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  19. ^ "Christina Angelina". Christina Angelina. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  20. ^ Stockwell, Kellene. "'Face of Reno' Mural Near Whitney Peak in Downtown Reno". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 

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