Christian Curiel’s paintings have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Exhibitions include: Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Barbara Gilman Gallery, and Leonard Tachmes Gallery in Miami, Florida. His collected works belong to several private, public and corporate collections, namely the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., and the Hort Collection in New York. Internationally, his works have been part of the Art in Embassies Program in Brazil. Also, the artist is a member of FeCuOp, a collaborative group based in Miami, Florida which experiments with social interactions and art. Curiel is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2004 Robert Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship from Yale University School of Art, and the Chestler Visual Arts Award. Christian Curiel was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents in 1977. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. And in May of 2005 He will recieve a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Yale School of Art.
The fragmented visual presence of memory from the age of innocence is disturbingly detached and familiar. Curiosity plays a colorful role in the events of childhood. The process of learning and constructing self-identity through the latent memories of youth serves as catalyst for my creative world. History and figuration serve as natural ways to comment on the human condition. I often use allegory and symbolism to comment on current events and allow viewers to access, imagine, and re-live childhood. Storytelling in my paintings works like memory functions—non-sequential and fragmented, constructed and revealing with time. Rather than a linear narrative, I depict moments of activity or curiosity in which the viewer begins with what is given, questioning and developing different stories depending on personal experience. At first glance, images of the normal and everyday appear simple and innocent, yet upon looking closer, the tragic and anomalous begin to emerge.