About the Artist
“Bryan Christie’s inventive display of the human body becomes a noiseless response to the repetitive, self-important, over-glorified or blatantly political canvas – all too often regurgitated in contemporary art. Honest and unabashed, his work, in its own right, displays a passionate affair with anatomy and all its truths, ugliness and splendor. A bit chilling, yes, and beautiful; but life, wholly examined, is – from beginning to end – chilling and beautiful, too.” – Artslant Magazine
Bryan Christie was born in 1973 in New York City. At 11 he began playing saxophone and went on to graduate from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. He shifted from music to the visual arts at 20, when he began interning for his father’s illustration and animation studio, SlimFilms.
At age 24 he was hired as an art director for the magazine Scientific American. In 2002, he started his own scientific illustration studio, Bryan Christie Design. The studio specializes in medical, anatomical, and architectural illustration. His studio’s work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, WIRED, Esquire, and National Geographic.
In 2005, he visited Michelangelo’s Pieta in Rome and describes it as “a truly spiritual experience. To see how stone could be turned into flesh, and that flesh—the way Michelangelo sculpted it—could hint at something of the spirit. I was looking at three things at once: I was looking at spirit; I was looking at flesh; I was looking at stone. When I saw that this concrete, inert material could hint at something, could be a window into something so sublime, so beautiful, it completely changed the direction of my life. And it was at that point that I decided to start making art in earnest.”