Mr. Christiana was born in White Plains, NY, and raised in Ilion. He attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, graduating in 1933. Between 1936-39, Christiana was a fellowship recipient at the newly established School of Related Arts and Sciences, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute and continued to study at MWP when it transmuted into an art school under the direction of William Palmer. Mr. Christiana was invited to join the MWP School of Art faculty in 1943 and continued to teach there until 1982.

Mr. Christiana’s primary subject matter was landscape in Utica, the Mohawk Valley, and notably in Maine, where he spent his summers. He captured the essence of an environment, communicating his emotional responses to a place with expressive color and textures, and bold forms. Early in his career, Christiana commented: “It is indeed an exciting thing: first to visualize and then to organize some phase of nature into a plastic design through the use of line and color.”

Original watercolor by Edward Christiana

Condition: Excellent condition
Signature: Hand-signed by artist
Certificate of authenticity: Included


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