Cristina Barr, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1962), currently lives and works in Paris, France. She has studied art in Paris under famous painters and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. Also, at Central St Martin's-London.
Uncompromising is the word that maybe best describes Cristina Barr. She allows herself the freedom to paint uninhibited, flirting with figurative as well as abstract expressionism. Her expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colors reign in her portraits, in her worlds always inhabited by human beings. Women mainly. Conscientiously, and with a great sense for beauty, she portrays models to appeal the beholder, at first sight. Yet, this is not the main motive of her art. Unconscientiously, she moves away from the exact copy of reality to express emotional intimacy, spiritual, or metaphysical states of mind. Layer after layer of paint to enter the psychological space of the subjects,- their psyche and the world around them that is transformed by their own appreciation of reality, in an interplay between figurative and the gestural looseness of expressionism. Vivi Julliand – Founder & Curator – Nordelta Art Gallery – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Some of her portraits are linked to literary works of English Literature Classics, embodying personal imagery or collective symbolism. They reflect her ever-lasting love for books and her former career as an English teacher. She is currently working on “The Instagrammers”, a series of grand format portraits reflecting the “posing culture” on social media and the internet, and on another series reflecting on climate change.
Her paintings have been exhibited in France, Argentina, Uruguay, USA and Qatar.