Cristina Getson is an abstract expressionist painter based in Toronto, Canada.
After receiving her degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto and working as an engineer, she started taking evening art courses at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her love of expressing herself through painting became a permanent reality as she joined a studio collective, and ultimately left a corporate career to pursue art full time.
Working in acrylic, Cristina’s work is imbued with vibrant colours, and influenced by the pull of opposites - smooth and rough, light and dark, indefinite and detailed. It is a dialogue between past and present in order to capture not the physical aspects of a moment in time, but rather the feeling of it. The application of paint is made visible through the brushstrokes and marks left behind; it is a joyful revelling in the materiality of the paint itself.
Cristina has exhibited in Canada and across the United States, and was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence at Palazzo Monti in Italy, in 2018.
Current inspiration comes from Abstract Expressionists such as de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, as well as contemporary artists such as Cecily Brown, Peter Doig, and fellow Canadian John Brown.
“[Painting] is like riding a bicycle with no hands. I am in it. I am not there anymore. It is a state of non-self-consciousness.”
2010 – 2016 Project: Art, Studio with Ewa Stryjnik, Toronto, Canada.
2006 – 2010 Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
1998 Bachelor of Applied Science, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. University of Toronto, Canada.
2018 House & Garden, featured in The Art Edit (July - September)
2017 Art Maze Magazine, Anniversary edition (October)
2018 Artist residency, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy (August)
Select Group Exhibitions
2019 Arta Gallery. Toronto, Canada (Oct. 25 - Nov. 2)
2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. Toronto, Canada (July 12 - 14)
2019 Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, Canada (July 1 - 14)
2019 Blue Crow Gallery. Toronto, Canada (July - August)
2018 Aqua Art Miami, Stella Ripley Gallery. Miami, Florida
(Dec. 5 - 9)
2018 Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Stella Ripley Gallery. Houston, Texas (Oct. 4 - 7)
2018 Queen West Art Crawl. Toronto, Canada (September 22 - 23)
2018 Summer Exhibit, Blue Crow Gallery. Toronto, Canada (July - August)
2018 The Other Art Fair. Brooklyn, New York (May 3 - 6)
2018 Stripes, bG Gallery. Santa Monica, California (May)
2018 Wondrous Ways, Arta Gallery. Toronto, Canada (March 22 - April 2)
2017 The Other Art Fair. Brooklyn, New York (November 9 - 12)
2017 Queen West Art Crawl. Toronto, Canada (September 23 - 24)
2016 Group Show, Art Square Gallery. Toronto, Canada (December)
2016 5th Annual Group Show, Project: Art Studio. Toronto, Canada (June)
2015 Eclectic Journey, Art Square Gallery. Toronto, Canada (December)
2015 Pop-Up Show, Project: Art Studio. Toronto, Canada (December)
2011 2nd Annual Art Exhibition, Project: Art Studio. Toronto, Canada (December)
2010 12” x 12” Exhibition, Project: Art Studio. Toronto, Canada (December)
2010 Square Foot Art Show, AWOL Gallery. Toronto, Canada (August)
2010 Extremes & Imperfections (Joint exhibit), Art Square Gallery. Toronto, Canada (July)