Cristina Burns, an American artist born in Spain but raised in Naples, Italy, where she still lives, approaches photography very young as her favorite form of expression.
She creates surrealistic compositions through her photography by juxtaposing images of conflicting elements. In her work, she purposely blurs the thin lines that separate fantasy from reality, purity from sin, and life from death. In her compositions, she may fuse candies, toys and flowers with anatomical parts and insects, or juxtapose human animals with characters from well-known cartoons. Cristina digitally processes images, whereby she enhances and prints a very limited number of copies. The resulting print is the only record of her production.
In April 2015, Cristina’s artwork was selected by Vogue Italia for an exhibit in Leica Gallery Milan. Some works from her series Through the Mirror have been featured in the anthology Anatomy Rocks including Damien Hirst, Mark Ryden.
Since June 2017, her work, Stratificazioni Antropologiche (image above), is now part of the art collection of Naples Metro, in permanent exhibition at Vanvitelli Station. This collection includes contemporary artists, designers and architects such as Anish Kapoor, Jannis Kounellis, Karim Rashid and Sol LeWitt.
In 2018 Lombardia Region contacted Cristina to represent, with her photo “Candy Girl”, the memorial day of Women victims of mafia.
In collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Naples, presented her solo exhibition CandyLand, at the Palazzo delle Arti - PAN.
Cristina’s art has been exhibited across the United States of America, Europe, Israel, South Korea and Japan. Her works have been featured on Vogue Italia, La Cucina Italiana, Plastik Magazine, La Repubblica, El Mundo and many others.
She is always experimenting new techniques and technologies while looking through the lens, her gateway to Wonderland.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / FAIRS
Solo Exhibition "Escapism", Foundation Royal Site of Carditello, Italy
"Ten paciencia, mujer, que eres oscura: el mito patriarcal de las mujeres enfermas" Casa de la Cultura “Teodoro Cuesta” Mieres, Spain
"Inside Me", Borbonic Tunnel, Naples, Italy
Sweet Art, Lemon Frame Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
CandyLand solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, "PAN", Naples, Italy
Artwork to represent the Memorial Day of Mafia Victims, Regione Lombardia - Palazzo Pirelli, Milan, Italy
Part of the art collection of Naples Metro, in permanent exhibition, Vanvitelli Station, Italy
Art Installation for ANM and the City of Naples, Italy, permanent exhibition Funicolare Centrale
"Premio Raffaele Pezzuti per l'Arte", group show exhibition, sponsored by the City of Naples, ANM and Motor Village
"A World of Harmony", Vogue Italia and Natuzzi, Photovogue Festival, Milan, Italy
Contemporary Photography Exhibition, CICA Museum - South Korea
Women Artists - Lemon Frame Gallery, Tel Aviv
Luxembourg art fair
PhotoVogue Festival Exhibition Huawei and Vogue Italia, Base Milano
Lemon Frame art Gallery, Tel Aviv
22 Artists mad for Naples, Castel dell'Ovo, Group, Napoli
45 Frames from PhotoVogue, (Group) Leica Gallery, Milan, Italy
Alice and The Beanstalk Gallery, (Group), Tokyo, Japan
Sacripante Gallery, (Group), Rome, Italy
An Iconic View of White - Vogue Italia and Porsche Design - (Group), Milan, Italy
Hive Gallery , (Group), Los Angeles, USA
F+ Gallery, (Group), Santa Ana, USA
Sm'Art Aix , Aix-en-Provence, France
Affordable Art Fair, Milan, Italy
Art3F , Nantes, France
Art for a Cure, (Group), Rome, Italy
Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Swab Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain
Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
Solo show "Freaky love" Temporary Art Gallery, Naples, Italy
"Notti d'Arte" Video projection and exhibition, for the city of Naples, Italy
PUBLICATIONS AND FEATURES
La Cucina Italiana
Plastik Magazine, issue 31
Anthology Anatomy Rocks
HIGGS - cover - issue 2
San Francisco MOMA
"Not For Print", issue n°2, WeTransfer and Ello
Premio "Raffaele Pezzuti per L'Arte" catalogue, City of Naples
Photo Vogue Festival Book Vogue Italia and Huawei
Fine Dining Lovers
ART+COMMERCE NEW YORK
Commercial Licence PhotoVogue Collection
AWARDS AND HONORS
Winner of "Premio Raffaele Pezzuti per l'Arte"
Included in the 10 most representative Still Life photographers of Photo Vogue Italia
Through the Mirror series awarded with Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards
Included in the top 100 of Photo Vogue Italia of 2015 Photo of the day on Vogue.it