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Artist Statement by Cristy Corso, (currently based in Milwaukee, WI., from Chicago IL. )

 

As a contemporary interdisciplinary artist, & for over twenty years, lately my visual storytelling has been more about discovery, process, the dialog, & the interactivity of the viewer.   Today, my preliminaries, prior to any execution of the work, I’ve used digital design to appropriation components.  If its final is a digital art, painting or mural, interactive light to tech 3D design, crafted & fabricated into an installation or build -- I find today all falling through the same organic purism funnel of art, culture, & purpose as historically known.

 

Some of my work intertwines the saturation of American popular culture, its media, advertising, & technology advancements growing up in the 1980’s & 90’s, why later living & working in city hubs for it.  My work however, even if seemingly optimistically vibrant, has undertones  from: political, civil, and social issues we face today or in contrasting concerns of our history.

 

My work has included the celebration of gender & race as much as injustice, often in literal displays, & rests against my own personal expressions as a woman.  My own Cherokee Native American (of Keetoowah band) heritage, cultural have risen in my work.   This has included many eccentric, mythical, to theatrics traits from my Venician Northern Italian roots.

 

Today, as a grateful survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) where I was once left in a hospital for almost two years, I continue my first love of creating paintings to tell stories of many most affected & suffer from mental health in the public eye  -- our military to American athletes.   This helps me & others bring awareness and also support others, including our youth, who are struggling with mental health concerns.


 

RESUME / CV
*web hyperlinked titles


Cristy C. Corso (American Artist, b. Chicago IL.)  
Interdisciplinary artist, designer, painter, muralist, fabricator, curator, live art experience producer, & creative director. 

 

 

 

MURALS & PROJECTS: 

Chicago, IL. 2019,  Devon Market, “Ethnic Food Shrines” & “International Market” Murals, 140’ x 15’ &
“International Market” summer series, (9) mural, art signage, & juice bar. *To be noted in Sun-Times Chicago Fall 2020
   - Art director for new brand.   
    - Sponsorship mural / signage design by artist Cristy Corso for “Cuisine De France” Bread Company.

 

Visual Gallery>  www.devon-market-mural-1.cccorso.,  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/edit/a.10156813332938230


Las Vegas, NV. 2017, “Graffiti Mananion“ Fortnite Edition.  1600 x 1600 sq. ft. 

- Only female muralist-in-residence at time.  "Graffiti Mansion" YouTube.com sensation with over a million followers. 
 
Chicago, IL, Brooklyn, NYC. 2015,  “Memorial for Mural Artist Christopher ‘Shadow’ Lee,”
   - Corso Studio Arts producer assistant & artist muralist during “Meeting of the Styles” director.   Director Spike Lee’s family & friends for event in Brooklyn, NYC.

Las Vegas, NV.  2016,  “Life Cube Project,” selected featured muralist
(1) of (8) invited featured muralists 10’ x 6’ to paint live light sculpture publicly as a community project. 
 

Las Vegas, NV.  2014-16, “Life is Beautiful” festival, murals & gallery pop-up
   - Assistant to world-class muralists including D*Face & Shepard Fairey IG: @Obeygiant. 

Miami, FL, Las Vegas, NV. 2013+ Skin City Body Painting Factory, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Delano Hotel Pool Art Basel
              - Painter of art models & Corso Studio Arts production.  


Los Angeles, CA. 2017,  “21 Keys to Success,” book cover series by The Real Rick Ross,
   -  Digital design & airbrush painted work (WIP Shot click here) created was selected (1) of (6) street artist collaboration
       for exhibition & promotion for Art Basel, Miami.

Las Vegas, NV.   Moapa Indian Reservation, Valley of Fire State Park, Further Future Fest  
 metal designer Henry Chang resident at iRobot, iHeart Media 
    - Painter & construction of wood structures for art DJ booth, with Henry Chang & Playaworks Team

Chicago, IL, 2013,  “Pop Cop Car,”  personal art car mural painting,

     - Commission & campaign “sight the car” for Ms. Erin Green.  
 

Chicago, IL.  2010-12, Art Depth Connect - Official Chicago Artist Month events & exhibitions.

       - Featured artist, interactive / live art, & group exhibitor.

  •   (SOLD, over a dozen work), “Neo-Native Myth Series,” digital photography & art, character & fashion design, live art experiences.


Las Vegas, NV.  2017, Ferrari design car wrap for celebrity Lamborghini driver Cedricks Birrazzuoli. 

Las Vegas, NV. 2012, SLR Hotel Resort, “Skateboarding Street League,” CNN Sports

  • Concept to build creation of half pipe sponsored by Redbull
     

Las Vegas, NV.  Rio Resort & Casino, “The Wall” e-Gaming sports lounge & restaurant.

  • Assistant muralist to James M. Attention (@ATTN_Designs)

  •  (2) oversized paintings of Boxer “Nintendo 8 bit Mike Tyson” & “ David Rodriguez Fights Darkside,” in-kind sponsorship by Everlast Boxing.  

 

Las Vegas, NV.  2020, (WIP)  Caesar Hotel & Resort, Robert Graham NYC, fashion boutique. 

  • 14’ x 14,’ window mural & display, race helmet, in store designed & painting art signage, & live painting on jeans, for NYC fashion designer stores. 
     

Chicago, IL. 2020, (WIP), “Fly to the Heavens,” art car design & professional paint PT Cruiser.

Chicago, IL. 2019,  City Hall Venue in River North,  The Art of Giving Foundation gala

  - 48” x 48” “Flower Wonder Wheel”  Live Art Experience by artist Cristy Corso. (instagram)

Chicago, IL. 2019, Tao Night Club Venue,  Street Samaritan 2nd Annual Gala, ABC news.

www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2589772184378986

Mlwaukee, WI. 2020,  “Memorial of George Floyd,” Community Street Mural Project. 

  • One of the only female artists featured artists, in photo & videos, 3’ x 8’ “DNA has no color”

      Finished work: Instagram: @corsoart.  Video of project click here. by OrbitOne

Milwaukee, WI. 2020, ArtDose Magazine, July-Dec, Vol. 29
   - Full-page poster “Deep Waters & Blue Skies” commission by Frank Juarez Gallery:
 

 

NOTABLE GUEST ARTIST, CURATOR, JURIOR, MODERATOR:
Chicago, IL. 2015,  The Veterans Art Museum, “Peace, Love, & Graffiti,”
Moderator, & fellow artist with featured muralists. 

Elmhurst, IL. 2015,  Elmhurst Art Museum, Biannual group exhibition, solo juror.

 

San Francisco, CA 2016. International, exclusice Invited artist into International Book of Artists,
Gallery WNAA & association.

Austin, TX. 2017,  SXSW festival, MGM Resorts,  Interactive Art & Technology Activation Events 
Co-designer, paint activations, build structures & stages, & co-art director.

Chicago, IL. 2011, Microsoft Technology Center,  "Humanity+Mobility" traveling mobile interactive,
traveling national juried group exhibit.
Awarded artist, curator, inviting top new media & tech driven mediums reflecting on mobility. 
Inviting guilds & well known NYC artists. 

Milwaukee, WI. 2020, Artist Talk Cristy Corso video event by Frank Juarez Gallery for 
ArtDose Magazine

 

 

RECENT BRANDS / ART AS ADVERTISING ART / CREATIVE DIRECTION :  (More coming soon!)
Chicago, IL.               Akira Clothing Store

Chicago IL.                Scoop NYC, national fashion boutique   

Chicago, IL.               Neiman Marcus

New York City, NY.   Orion Guitar Gear, painted guitar straps for "Temple of Dog" return tour

Chicago, IL.               Devon Market International Grosery 

Las Vegas, NV.          Powatt Design, art wall install & brand logo

Chicago, IL.               Brio Creative Concepts
 

 


EXHIBITIONS:

Chicago, IL (on-line exhibition), June 2021.  "DECAHEDRON," group exhibition celebrating z

10th anniversary

of "Artist on the Lam".  Curated: Jenny Lam www.artistonthelam.com 

Georgetown, TX.  Oct. - Dec. 2020.  “Honoring All the Heroes! Exhibition,” group show.  
Estrada Garcia Gallery
 On-line exhibition on Artsy.net through Dec. 31st, 2020,
www.artsy.net/artwork/cristy-corso-feather-of-courage   

 

Las Vegas, NV  2018 The One House Gallery, “Running for Natural Causes,” Gallery Solo Exhibit    -
(SOLD, 3 works), digital Art on metal, prints, & paintings.

Beverly Hills, CA. 2017, Rockstar Prince’s Mansion, Pre-Oscar award art & fashion runway event.  
- (SOLD) ‘Neo-Native’ Bear work, production in honoring artist ‘Dave Dave’.  

Chicago, IL. 2016,  Metier’s Fine Art Galleries, “The Past of the Present” artist solo show.  

Chicago IL,  Minneapolis, MN, 2012, Microsoft Tech Center,  “Heartland Mobile” Summit.
“Humanity+Mobility” exhibition.        

AWARD: jury cash award “Infinite Mobility,” curated by Cristy Corso.  

Chicago, IL. 2013, State Farm ‘‘Next Door’ Business Center, “New Myths.” artist solo show. 

  • (SOLD, Portland, OR),  “Koi Fish in the Big Apple.” 42” x 24,” digital art collage,
    (SOLD) “USA Today Neo-Native” digital art into painting, used by Scoop NYC fashion boutique.  

  • (SOLD) “Atlantis Twins” painting,  selected for 33rd annual"Women's Work International Exhibition." 

 

Chicago, IL. 2012, BridgePort Art Center & Gallery, celebrity pop-up solo exhibition. 
   - (SOLD, Conway Family ) “Neo-Native Myth” fashion & art Benefit fundraiser for Sickle Cell 

              Anemia.  "Mythical Neo-Goddesses” live art experience & fashion collaboration
   produced by Corso Studio Arts.

Chicago, IL. 2013  The Society for Arts Gallery,  painting & prints (SOLD) Individual benefit for Alex B. Trust 

Chicago, IL. 2013,  Both Sides Gallery, group exhibition.
          - Artist, exhibit curator, & co-event producer of Corso Studio Arts, Neo-Native “living art sculptures” 


Chicago, IL  2014,  River East Art Center, “Art+Tech+Fashion,” Gallery Group Exhibit
            -  (SOLD) Muralist, artist, & curator, event producer live art experience +fashion, sponsorships.

- In conjunction with Chicago EXPO & SOFA International Gallery Expo, Chicago, Navy Pier.   


New York City, NY. 2014, Digital Art SOHO Gallery, “Access The 4D,” Gallery Group Exhibit
      - “Cowboys & Natives,” digital art reel.


Chicago, IL. 2010,  Museum of Contemporary Art, private celebration, pop-up solo exhibition of artist’s paintings. 

  •  (SOLD, to subject) 4’ x 3’ figure painting.

  •  AWARD: 2011,  “Real People” people's choice award. 

New York City, NY. 2012, Bohemian National Hall. “International Tribal Art Gallery,” Exhibit
  - (SOLD, NYC) Neo Native Series, 24“ x 30, “Venician Geisha Mask”    
- (SOLD) Broker & Curator of “Hood Family Tribal Art Collection. 

 

NOTABLE AWARDS:
Janesville, WI. 2011, Universal Recycling Tech Solutions Company   
   1st place cash award, “Infinite Mobility,”  3’ x 3’ fabricated, upcycle light sculpture   mobile phone campaign from individuals & companies.  

Chicago, IL. 2011, Microsoft Tech, Heartland University
          - Honorable mention Keynote speaker award, “Infinite Mobility” light sculpture.  

Miami, FL.  2010, International Dictionary of Artists, World Wide Books, Art Basel edition.  
          - 9th place as featured artist “Koi Fish in Big Apple,” in publication, 5' x 3' print (SOLD).

Woodstock, IL. 2000, 2007, 2012,  Old Courthouse Gallery, “Women’s Works Exhibition” (see link above)
   -2nd place cash award, “Travail of Light,” 6’ x 5’ oil painting on canvas
    - (SOLD) Meiers Galleries Chicago, solo show.

Woodstock, IL.  2006, Old Courthouse Gallery, “Real People,” National Exhibition.  
   -  AWARD: People's choice cash award.  



NOTABLE ART DONATIONS & BENEFITS
Chicago, IL.           Ronald McDonald Foundation auction (SOLD)

NYC, New York.   “Met Opera House” Fundraiser (DONATION), "18th Century Bear Returns to Wild". AKA, "Opera Bear."

Chicago, IL.           Society for Arts, Individual Charity (SOLD)

Chicago, IL.           Bridgeport Art Center,   Fashion & Art Benefit for Sickle Cell Anemia (SOLD)

Beverly Hills, CA.  Pre-Oscar Event, Rockstart Prince’s Mansion, art & fashion exhibit (SOLD)

Chicago, IL.           Dreamcatchers Foundation, Helping to Fight Human-Trafficking (Sold Tickets)


EARLY YEARS , EXHIBITIONS: 1995-2009
New York City, NY.  Parsons School of Design Gallery,   Group exhibition. 
(10) 24’ x 24’ realism figurative life drawings.
*accepted into summer intensive programs

Chicago, IL.  Michigan Ave, Cotton Club Music & Art Venue. 
Pop-up show fundraising event for the homeless. Series of 12” x 12,” pencil realism life drawing.
Featured in “The Reader,” news publication. 

Highland Park, IL.  Omri Armrany & Julie Blatt-Armrany Gallery.  “Humans inside Life” 
Collection of Realism figures & landscape, oil on canvas. Group exhibition. 

Chicago, IL.  Dianna Pfizer Gallery, Group Exhibition, representation 1 yr. 
(6) 30” x 24” - 12” x 12” (1, SOLD) clay figures, found objects on wood & wall install sculptures. 

Woodstock, IL. Old Court House, Woman’s Works International Exhibition”  , juried group exhibition. 
        - (SOLD) 4' x 6,' (6) 3D wall installation, hardwood & EL light boxes.  

Huntley, IL. The Starline Gallery, painting group exhibition.

Crystal Lake, IL.  Dole Mansion Studio & Gallery, painting group exhibition. 

Elgin, IL.  Next Wave Art Salon Gallery Space, 3rd Annual
   -  “Running for Natural Causes.” digital art stamps, 48” x 48” metal prints

 


 

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Cristy Corso is an interdisciplinary artist who has received over a dozen awards & recognition, several distinguished gallery groups to solo shows throughout the U.S., has been a juror to curator of many events, museums, & exhibitions while remaining a well collected artist for over twenty years.  Cristy, by her early teens, was accepted into intensive & private study programs at schools such the Art Institute of Chicago to Parsons School of Design in NYC.  Before the age of twenty, she was invited to study figurative realism & oil painting under many world-class artists.   One includes the world-renowned painter & sculpture duo, also responsible for the iconic bronze Michael Jordan sculpture at the United Center Chicago, Julie Rotblatt & Omri Amrany.  This later helped pave the way to collaborations with many well known artists along with her use of own multi-disciplinary series, large scale event production, using her own designs, producing commercial & public art murals & fabrications. 

Today, Cristy often uses her efforts, first love of painting, and even digital art compositions to bring awareness to TBI (traumatic brain injury) & mental health issues in America.   This can be seen telling the visual stories of those most affected - our youth, to many well known athletes, as well as our military.   This was after a car accident, over a decade ago, left her in a hospital for almost two years.  Her work is translated & seen much through her vibrant Venician Italian & Native American Cherokee tribe of the Keetoowah band.