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Chris Liberti
Chris Liberti (American, 1974-) artist primarily known for his oil and watercolor paintings of landscapes, cityscapes and still lifes. Chris was born in Buffalo, NY, and began illustrating at an early age. He initially attended a graphic design school, and from 1993-96, he studied fine arts in oil painting at Buffalo State College, under professors Jim Phalen, Constance Payne and Richard Gubernick. In 1997, Chris moved to New York City and worked as a decorative painter and music producer as well as with interior designers on projects such as, the Russian Tea Room, the Waldorf Astoria and the Dakota.

In 2004, Chris had his first gallery exhibition at the Wax Gallery in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. After 10 years of living in New York City, he decided to return to Buffalo in 2007, where he graduated from Buffalo State College in 2009 with a major in Urban Planning and minor in Fine Arts oil painting. For the next several years, he worked as a telecommunication design engineer while also exhibiting his artwork in and around Buffalo, and as far away as Clifton, VA. After a brief move to Long Beach, CA with his wife and two daughters in 2013, Chris and his family have since moved back to the east coast, and Chris currently maintains his residence and studio in Charlotte, NC.


Artist Statement:

“The landscape, weather, people and architecture all have an effect on my work. Like many others from Buffalo, I am drawn to art that mirrors the city’s characteristics (both good & bad)...I always paint from life, so it’s the scenery or objects around that inspire me. I can look out a window of my house and find some interesting composition and colors to paint.”—Chris Liberti, 2012.

"I’m always looking for color, design and composition in form, light, shadow and space. The man-made and natural elements collide and can be divided like pieces of a puzzle. Daily life will always find its way in to my work, It is everything, it surrounds us and I am curious as how to identify and capture this with interest. I’m not trying to force a concept but only to welcome an individual to have their own visual experience, feeling or memory. Each painting must be true to itself, there is a complex evolution that happens where only honest responses to the experience can be justifiable. The pallet and inspirations are limitless, the process and growth are challenging and forever. " -Chris Liberti, 2016

"Painting is simple but complicated," Liberti says, "I like to keep it that way."


Chronology:

1974- Born Buffalo, NY.

1974-1992- Raised in a suburb of Buffalo, NY, and Baltimore, MD. His father worked at Bethlehem Steel, then the USPS, and his mother was a school teacher. Began illustrating at an early age and attended a graphic design school.

1992- Graduated from high school.

1993-1996- Studied fine arts in oil painting at Buffalo State College, studying under professors Jim Phalen, Contsance Payne and Richard Gubernick.

1997-2007- Moved to New York City and worked as a decorative painter and music producer. Worked with interior designers on projects such as The Russian Tea Room, The Waldorf Astoria and The Dakota.

2004- Had first gallery exhibition at Wax Gallery Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY.

2007- Moved back to Buffalo NY.

2008- Married Electrical Engineer Ejona Angjeli.

2009- Graduated from Buffalo State College with a major in Urban Planning and minor in Fine Arts oil painting. Began working as a telecommunication design engineer.

2010- Daughter Lucia was born.

2011- Exhibited at Benjaman’s Art Gallery Buffalo.

2012- Daugher Maya Born. Exhibited, group show, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, juried national group show, “echo Art Fair”, Buffalo, NY. August 3-Sept. 1, exhibited, group show, “Organismic: Small Collections From Contemporary Artists”, Benjaman Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Briefly lived and worked and exhibited in Clifton, VA, with the Art Guild of Clifton.

2013- Exhibited, juried national group show, “echo Art Fair”, Buffalo, NY. Moved with his family to Long Beach, CA.

2014- Exhibited, group show, "13th Annual California Landscape Exhibition", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA.

2015- Moved back to the east coast with his family and resides in Charlotte, NC. April 24-26, exhibited, group Show, "LA Modernism". Exhibited, solo show, "California etc.", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA. Exhibited, North Carolina Arts & Science Council Commission "Neighborhood Theatre". Exhibited, group Show, "14th Annual California Landscape Exhibition", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA.

2016- Exhibited, group Show, "Figure Show", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA. Exhibited, group show, Art Fair, Palm Springs International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA. April 2-June 6, exhibited, solo Show, "Landscapes", Gay Street Gallery, Little Washington, VA. Exhibited, group Show, "The Art of Painting", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA. Upcoming Exhibition, solo show, "Around the House", Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY.

Artist Website/Email: chrisliberti.com. Email: cliberti@gmail.com

(Sources: Biographical information from the artist; buffalorising.com, “Art Buff: Chris Liberti”, April 14, 2012; benjanmanartgallery.tumblr.com, posted July 25, 2012; firstfridaysallentown.com, “First Friday Gallery Tour, August 2012: Galleries; The Benjaman Gallery”; blogs.artvoice.com, “Art Exhibit: Buffalo: Top Down, Side to Side; Art Exhibit: Organismic”, posted by Jill, July 30, 2012.)
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