Christina Grace Mastrangelo was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1983, and grew up in Western Massachusetts. Always fascinated by figurative painting, her passion first ignited during a visit to theNorman Rockwell Museum, and was further cultivated in her adolescent years amidst travels to Paris and Rome. She was stunned by the artwork at the Louvre,Vatican Museum, and amongst the ruins of Pompeii. After high school she moved to Virginia to attend James Madison University’s Honors Program. While pursuing her degree in Studio Art, Christina studied abroad in Florence, taking classes in Humanism, Italian, and Art History. Immediately following graduation she returned to Florence to attend the Angel Academy of Art, one of few ateliers at the time teaching traditional methods. After three years of training she graduated from the Fundamental Program in 2009 and returned to the U.S. where she began pursuing her painting career.

Florence seriously molded Christina’s artisticvision; there she learned the traditional processes of working from life,studied and mastered materials, explored art history from the artist’sperspective, and pursued realistic painting and drawing of subjects that rangedfrom portraits and figures to still lifes. Her style is called ClassicalRealism: her work represents nature realistically, often idealized to achieveorder, harmony, completeness, and ultimately, beauty. Because of her studies atthe Angel Academy, Christina traces her artistic lineage directly from MichaelJohn Angel to Pietro Annigoni, Nerina and Fidadelfo Simi, (of Florence) to JeanLeon Gerome, Paul Delaroche, and Jacques Louis David (of the Ecole des BeauxArts in Paris). Christina uses traditional methods of layering oil paint andmeticulous handling of charcoal to yield realistic work. Her dramatically litstill lifes and the carefully arranged subjects in her figure and portrait worksare both time-honored yet contemporary, bridging the gap between her Europeanstudies and her life in the US.

In 2015, the Art Renewal Center’s (ARC)International Salon selected Christina’s triptych “Know Not Thy Pending Fate”for the Knohl Award, granted for work inspired by literature and history. TheEuropean Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona and the Salmagundi Club in New YorkCity exhibited the triptych as part of the ARC’s first live Salon. Christina hasshown her work at the Villa Bardini in Florence, and had two solo shows inFlorence as well as one at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art in Springfield,Massachusetts. Her other most recent awards were from the Portrait Society ofAmerica, Oil Painter’s of America, and the Salmagundi Club. She is a member ofthe Hudson River Fellowship, and her artwork is currently represented at theGuild of Boston Artists in Boston, Massachusetts, and Williams Fine Art Dealersin Wenham, Massachusetts. 

Christina also teaches painting and drawing. Shebegan teaching in Italy, running La Scuolina, a small Italian language drawingschool with a few of her Angel Academy peers. She continues to teach at theAcademy of Realist Art in Boston, the Florence Studio in Italy, and theWethersfield Academy for the Arts in Connecticut during the summers and hasstarted a Patreon page for those interested in learning about classical realismfrom the comfort of their own home.

Christina spends her time painting and traveling between Jacksonville, Florida, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts, with her husband, artist Nicholas McNally.

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Natureemits a beauty that I try to illuminate, simply and honestly, in the process ofpainting. My goal is to call attention to a sublimity worthy of pause andreflection.

Asa Classical Realist, my work’s aim is to represent nature in a realistic style,observing a preference for order, harmony, completeness, and ultimately,beauty. I often choose to not have the material dominate the vision, using theutmost care to create soft, barely visible brushstrokes on the smoothest oflinen, and taking time to slowly render my subjects, whether in oil paint orcharcoal. I also don’t concentrate on the details of my subjects, consciouslysimplifying while staying true to what I see. In this way I hope for the viewerto connect with the subject first and the materials second, and for the viewerto notice not the details that make the subject beautiful, rather the subject’sbeauty as a whole.

Isearch for truth in studying the human figure, and over the past few years Ihave begun to connect the visual truths of anatomy, likeness, color, and formto the underlying themes we all deal with; our daily surroundings,spirituality, nature, connection, our reason for being, and the narrativebetween life and death. Aside from my environment and experiences, my visualinspiration comes from the simple compositions of the Renaissance, the movementof the Baroque period, and the accuracy of the 19th century Europeannaturalists.

Mylatest works, including “Know Not Thy Pending Fate”, are visual contemplationson isolation, judgment, hope, sympathy, and connection. I make these paintingsto clarify my experiences and simplify universal themes into one image so thatothers may ponder both beauty and strife at the same time.  


All of the still-life paintings Christina does are painted from life; no photographs are used. For more about this method, see her still-life painting course description under the "Classes and Workshops" page.  

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