Cristina Del Hoyo was born in Malaga, Spain in 1986. She grew up between Malaga and Madrid. Her love for art and color started at an early age when she started drawing fashion models. As a teenager, she began exploring different artistic disciplines such as painting, photography and sculpture. When Cristina was 17, she moved to Granada, Spain to study fine arts. The artist received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2009. After she graduated, she moved to Denver, CO and has been living there since then. Her art has been featured in exhibits in Granada (Spain) as well as in Denver, CO.
Cristina’s artwork is inspired by her personal experiences and is intended to be a bridge between the inside and outside worlds. In her early works, she explored the idea of conflict between nature and civilization. Now, she is interested in architecture, abstract shapes, geometry, minimalism and the intensity and power of color. Her works reflect the ideas of search, meaning, belonging, creation of identity and the construction and de-construction of limits.
-“Desprenderse”, Universidad de Bellas Artes de Granada, 2007, collective video/art exhibit.
-“Natura-Cultura Serie”, 18th Edition of the Artfutura Show, Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, 2007, collective video/art exhibit.
-“El Espacio Vacio”, P4, Sala Al Temple, Escuzar, Granada, 2008, collective abstract painting exhibit.
-Denver Art Society, Denver, 2014, collective painting & sculpture exhibit.
-Art from the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Community, Aurora, Denver, 2017, collective art exhibit.
My art attempts to create the space and time where magic is possible, where the maternal connection returns to the artist through the act of creation. My creative process unifies indifference and passion. They both meet in a space of harmony and conflict, in a space that is alive and dead. In my paintings, I want to create a reality that serves as a point of contact between frontiers, between worlds – a reality that shows my emotional landscape and is a reflection on life itself.
These reflections turn into a creative search that is looking for spiritual and existential meaning. This creative search tries to reveal and understand the unknown, the mystery of life that makes us live and die. A mystery that takes us to love without a logical reason.
I capture that moment in which realities touch for a brief instant establishing the start of a dialog. This is an internal dialog between me and the painting revealing that moment in time when everything changes forever or not, that split second that is intangible and that is eternal. In my images, I capture the moment of that touch, that second in which magic happens.
The moment of change and risk
of life and death
of love and fear
That second in which we are alive
That moment in which we fully exist
That moment of raw beauty and delicate sadness
I paint in the abyss of emptiness and beauty
I paint to not feel and to feel
My art explores the world of chance and purpose, the mystery behind those moments of collisions or misses.