Chris Cinque is an abstract painter and collage artist. In her collages, she recycles old materials, reusing cardboard, paper, canvas, paint, and other media in combination with new materials, creating layers that result in surfaces of barely contained chaos that reflect the sorrow and hope of our world. Besides looking for ways to best use color, line, and composition, her work is part of the effort to dismantle the patriarchy.
Chris's work has been exhibited in Chicago, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and throughout Minnesota.
Chris worked as a theater artist for 20 years, as a playwright, actor, and director. She toured her one-woman trilogy of plays, “Growing Up Queer in America”, around the US, including extended runs in LA and Seattle. She was also a teacher for 20 years and is grateful for all she learned from her students.
Chris is a member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
I am an abstract painter and collage artist. I bring together the past and the present, creating connections with other people as I learn to connect to all aspects of myself, breaking down self-imposed barriers and those created by others.
My work has always been driven by a desire to create a safe place for myself and for all who consider themselves outsiders. We live in a world that insists on binary thought--white/black, good/bad, male/female. This stifles who we truly are and what we can become: beautifully multi-layered and multi-faceted, distinct yet united. Can we make a better place that includes all of us? For me, that is one of the tasks of art: to help create a world where everyone can breathe and live free. I started my Respiration series during the pandemic and after George Floyd was murdered two blocks from my house. His death upended our neighborhood as well as the world and was as devastating as the plague itself.
Whatever our art form, I believe we can help create a world where differences flourish and love obliterates hate. I do this by being actively engaged in how and why to put color, image, and line together while participating in my queer and recovery communities.