Christian Gallegos is a contemporary abstract artist who has spent his life between the worlds of the Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona) and New York City. In his early works, he experimented widely with styles, themes, and techniques, which have culminated in his current mixed-media paintings. His work as a musician makes him comfortable with an improvisational approach to working with an initial melody-like line and then following the images that arise from canvas.
His early graffiti works have resurfaced in bold line and shape patterns and an appearance of a 35,000 foot perspective which comes from many hours of flying as a child. The 2012 collection really gives a lower "rooftop" perspective allowing the viewer to look above the streets of a city. Christian's style combines contemporary designs in a unique idiosyncratic form shown through-out works and has reached a new level in his current work, beginning with the "Hummingbird Series." This lyrical bent is also shown in the painting "Virga," which attempts to capture the monsoons and lightning storms of the late summer in the southwest. Christian also works on introspective studies of his own internal life and relationships using portraiture and self-portraits to project an emotional state of mind.
Christian’s process allows him to "forget" the subject, make intuitive connections, and give expression to underlying thoughts and feelings about himself and the world around him.
“Leaving behind the mind is meditation. Meditation returns you to the source." – Kabir
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