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Artist Cea-Sanchez, Cristobal
Birth and death dates b. 1981
Active In New York
Rhode Island
Biography Foundry: 2014

Cristóbal Cea is a Chilean artist currently working, living, and teaching in between New York City; New Haven, CT; and Providence, RI; where he teaches in the film animation and video department of the Rhode Island School of Design.

His practice is heterogenous, seriously amateurish, and profoundly curious. An enthusiastic researcher on his immediate surroundings, he pays special attention to what lies hidden or unnoticed in our environment: from camouflaged cell towers and computer servers, to urban decay and seemingly "perpetual" highway repairs. His works of art are about contemporary objects, and the way we, for better or worse, are reflected on them.

His media of choice is equally varied, from oil painting to large wooden antennas. If there is one unique material thread in his work, it might be the issue of applied technologies.

Cea holds a bachelor in visual arts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and an MFA in digital media from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited individually in Galería Moro, Galería Animal, and Sala SAM in Chile. Among his collective shows are the 798 Beijing Biennale, China; "Focus Chile" in the Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Belgium; "August 2026" in Galería Concreta, Chile; "Trickle Down Electronics" in Cave Space, Detroit; and the D+M Biennial 2012,Providence, RI.

His works and texts have been published in The Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory (PHAIDON) and DISEÑA (Design School UC), among other publications. His drawing series "Big Data" is part of the drawing collection of the Deutsche Bank, and he has obtained a Fulbright Scholarship, the National Council for the Arts Grant (Chile), the RISD President Scholarship, and the grand prize in Fundación Telefonica's Art and New Technologies contest.

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