About the Artist (and Person)
Christina Heiniger was born in 1968 in the Swiss-German speaking area of Switzerland. In 1970 she moved to Maine with her family. She grew up in Trenton, Maine where she attended the Trenton Elementary School. Where she received a simple and pragmatic K-8 education along with about 6 classmates. She graduated from Mt. Desert Island High School in 1986. Afterwards she studied at Smith College in Northampton, MA where she learned about painting from Stanley Lewis and printmaking from Dwight Pogue. She graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art in 1991. Later, she returned to Smith to earn her M.Ed. in Elementary Education in 1994. She put this degree to good use teaching K-5 elementary art in Maine for 7 years.
In 2006 she devoted herself full time to creating and selling her artwork and she has not looked back since. In the past 10 years she has created everything from puppets to felt purses to shadowboxes to watercolors. Her latest artwork is strongly influenced by Tibetan Tanka paintings and vintage German graphics from the 1960’s & ‘70’s. Other influences include Paul Klee, Josef Albers, Henri Matisse, Johannes Itten and other European colorists. Animals are an enduring subject matter in both her sculpture and paintings. Her work is known for it’s artful and bold use of color. She has exhibited in galleries and shows throughout Maine. Recent shows include CMCA’s Work of the Hand Show, The Inspired Hand IV (The Maine Craft Association’s Biennial) and a group show at Archipelago Gallery in Rockland.
Christina is a member of the following professional arts organizations:
Juried Member, Designing Women
Professional Member, Maine Crafts Association
Member, Deer Isle Artists’ Association, Deer Isle, Me.
Union of Maine Visual Artists, Down East Chapter, Ellsworth, Me.