The fragmented,visual presence of memory is disturbingly detached and yet familiar. The process of learning and constructing self-identity through the latent memories of youth serves as catalyst for Christian Curiel's creative world. History and figuration serve as natural ways to comment on the human condition. Storytelling in Curiel's paintings, drawings and sculptures works like memory functions—non-sequential and fragmented, constructed and revealing with time. Rather than a linear narrative, he depict moments of activity or curiosity in which the viewer begins with what is given, questioning and developing different stories depending on personal experience. At first glance, images of the normal and everyday appear simple and innocent, yet upon looking closer, the tragic and anomalous begin to emerge.
2005 Master of Fine Arts, Yale School of Art
1998 Bachelor of Fine arts, International Fine Arts College
1977 Born Ponce, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents
2012 Galerie Sultana, Paris, France
2011 Hendershot Gallery, No Hay Olvido/There's No Forgetting, Curated by Adriana Farietta, N.Y. NewYork
2009 Galerie Sultana, In-Hazing, Paris France
2008 Kevin Bruk Gallery, Collapsing Inward, Miami, Fl
2007 Galerie Baumet Sultana, Lethe, Paris, France
David Castillo Gallery/project space, What Business Has Innocence Here, New work, Miami Fl
2012 Daniel Cooney Fine Arts, Younger, N.Y. New York.
2011 Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Declaring Independence, curated by Ted Decker, Phoenix, Arizona
El Museo Del Barrio, El Museo's Biennale: The(S) Files 2011, curated by Elvis Fuentes, Rocio