Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Florentino.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Marine Park Brooklyn was very inspired by Keith Haring’s work and the New York art seen in the 80s. My family is very creative people, and I have been exposed to art my whole life, I went to school for art and Got a degree in communication design. I started painting professionally about five years ago. I paint, and I take my craft very serious. I love what I do and try to create my art as pure as I know how to. I also do mid-century modern interior design and collect antique furniture which I draw a lot of inspiration from. I am in love with the past, and I try to follow in the footsteps of the great artist that come before me. I just moved out of Miami and back to New York City, I currently paint in The East Village during spring and summer and I paint the winters in an all Original Gene Leedy mid-century modern home built in 1963 which I interior designed. My interior design work in my Gene Leedy studio house was just featured in Dwell magazine. So during the winter, I created my artwork in 1963. I am currently painting in two different styles, my urban cubism style which is a more urban New York style of artwork and my something modern style which is more of an abstract expressionism/ gesture paintings.
Please tell us about your art.
In my “urban cubism” works, I try to capture the energy of a moment. I love words and chop up thoughts in my paintings and combined it with the energy of New York City. Heavily inspired by Keith Haring, Jean Michal Basquiat, and George Condo.
My “Something Modern” series, I try to show the value of color, gesture, stroke, and texture with the same energy of New York City. Heavily inspired by Cy Tombly and Willem De Kooning.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I love having my alone time but I always love having good artist around me to consult with. I just always keep in touch with my peers and am blessed to have such a good bunch of artist I consult with on a daily bases. Just reach out, DMs are powerful.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My instagram is @byflore
Art Angels Gallery
Miami (design district)
DTR MODERN Gallery
New York Gallery
Belvedere Art Space
- Instagram: Byflore
Also include all my galleries websites