Born in Mexico City, Kristian Rangel Vallari began his artistic career at an early age through his involvement in a multitude of creative activities. At 16, he left Mexico to complete his high school studies at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, where he more fully developed his artistic talent. As a senior, Kristian entered a national art contest, "Intergalactic Art”, sponsored by NASA and the National Science Teachers Association. His entry, “Dream of the Future”, earned top honors as the 1st place National Winner and was exhibited in numerous schools and museums throughout the U.S.
In 1996, Kristian enrolled in one of the leading art schools in the world, the Rhode Island School of Design. He graduated with two bachelor’s degrees – Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Kristian also immersed himself in illustration and painting, and spent time studying photography at the University of Christchurch in New Zealand. Kristian's current work spans a variety of mediums and forms - from intricate pencil drawings, to oil paintings, to graphic corporate identities, to fully designed and functional Web sites. His art work has been used by numerous organizations, including the Rhode Island Department of Health, McDonald’s, the Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni, Italy, the American Red Cross, Microsoft Corporation, the University of Chicago GSB and the Houston GWB Intercontinental Airport, to name just a few. Kristian has traveled abroad extensively, spending time visiting many regions of the world, including North America, India, China, Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, Brazil and Europe. These travels have influenced his artwork as it displays a mix of places, scenes, dreams, memories, objects and thoughts.
Kristian’s recent work is comprised primarily of Clayboard Black (Scratchboard), a clay-covered hardboard panel coated with Black India ink. After scratching out the composition with a sharp metal point, he adds color using Indian inks or watercolors. In fact, Kristian is consistently commissioned to create unique scratchboards for his growing base of collectors and art afficanados. The Governor of Rhode Island recently recognized Kristian for his artistic talent and contribution to the cultural arts.
Kristian currently serves as president and art director of Houston-based Avanzare Design, LLC, a design firm specializing in Web and graphic design, illustration and photography services.