Arts Annual – Beyond the Walls Exhibiting Artist
Christina Bertsos is an award-winning sculptor who lives in Dunedin, FL. Her journey as an artist began as a child with a deep love for drawing and a fierce creative spirit. Continuing her passionate journey, she studied life drawing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago before being accepted into an accelerated honors program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She also received her bachelors degree with honors from Loyola University in Chicago. While at FIT she majored in couture and spent a semester in Paris learning the history of design and visiting some of the greatest fashion houses in the world. Her appreciation of the expertly crafted garments has greatly influenced her devotion to creating the one of a kind stone works she creates today with painstaking attention to detail. Since 2011 she has focused her study and expression on stone sculpture. She works in many different types of stone that provide a range of character and uniqueness while remaining constant to her intention to invoke a fluid and harmonious form that seeks to be touched. Ever a vanguard, her latest works explore texture, contrast and form. The diversity and stunning nature of the medium constantly provides the challenge and inspiration to transcend boundaries. While, life, history and the notion of what it means to be an artist (and a human) today continually saturate her contemplative nature, the pure and simple expression of beauty is at the heart of all she creates. She is self-taught but has learned much about the technical aspects of working with tools and stone from other generous and loving sculptors. Her atelier is at the Sculpture Studio in Clearwater founded by the legendary George Wagner and lovingly cared for by Sy and Cathy Manzon.