Christina Grace Mastrangelo, b. 1983, is an American artist from Massachusetts. From an early age she knew she wanted to become a professional artist, and after studying art in college she moved to Italy in 2006 to study realist drawing and painting at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence.
After graduating in 2009, Christina returned stateside and immersed herself in the world of painting. Since then she has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably from the Oil Painters of America (2014), The Portrait Society of America (2014, 2013), and the Salmagundi Club in NYC (2012, 2014.) Most recently, the Art Renewal Salon awarded her the Knohl Award for History and Literature Inspired Art in 2015 for her triptych “Know Not Thy Pending Fate”, which was shown internationally in their traveling salon at the MEAM and the Salmagundi Club in 2015/2016.
Christina’s work is a range of still-lifes, landscapes, portraiture, and figures that often explore beauty, nature, and the connections humans have to their surroundings and to each other. Heavily influenced by 19th century Europe as well as the Renaissance, her paintings often contain imagery associated with literature. Her latest figurative piece, “Know Not Thy Pending Fate,” explores her vision of the human soul in life and the afterlife. It is a three-panel scene that contemplates the idea of isolation, judgment, connectedness, and trust. The side panels depict figures densely tangled and hung in limbo, shielding themselves from the harsh light of judgment, alone in their misery. The central panel’s main figure is inspired by Beatrice from Dante’s Divine Comedy; at the core of the scene, she reaches down to help guide those around her up away from darkness towards a more beautiful, harmonious place. It is from within this theme that Christina’s latest work is growing.
In addition to being a full-time painter, Christina also teaches workshops in Italy and the US. She is currently represented by the Guild of Boston Artists in Boston, MA, and Williams Fine Art Dealers in Wenham, MA, and her work hangs in private collections across the United States and Europe.