|The Sentinel - Welcome is a piece from a series of mine called "The Masquerade." The project was about the juxtaposition of the bizarre masks I created, and the beauty of the female form.|
I have a new book available with all my photos from "The Masquerade" project. It details the masks I made for the project, the thought behind the photos, and the journey of making the project become real. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please contact me for more information.|
In addition to my DeviantArt prints, I also have hand signed and numbered Limited Edition prints of all my work. Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you want.
Born in a small town on the outskirts of Chicago, Chris Guarino grew up drawing, playing in the ruins of old factories, and exploring the sewers and storm drains near his home. Years later, Chris began to show his work in Chicago, making a name for himself in the art community in Bucktown and Wicker Park. He became a resident artist at The Aesthetic Eye Gallery in 2001, where his work was shown and sold on a monthly basis.
Longing to see what the world had to offer him, Chris traveled to London when he was nineteen and began working in a bronze foundry part-time, and showing his work around Camden Town where he lived for four years. London changed Chris in ways he cannot quite put into words, except to say that the age and immense history of the place and it's many graveyards and old churches haunt him in a way nothing else has.
Seeking yet another change, Chris moved back to the States in 2005. This time to the historic Capital Hill neighborhood of Denver, CO. There he joined up with several galleries, learned to weld, and perfected his life casting and sculpting talents under his mentor David Parvin. Since then he has participated in countless group and solo shows in Denver, he has dabbled in prosthetic make up sculpture for the theatre and motion picture industry on such projects as”The Wiz” and “Ink” where he sculpted the masks for all principle characters.
Most recently he has begun working with “Back to the Picture Gallery” in San Francisco, CA and become a resident artist at Gallery Provocateur in Chicago. Now an international artist, Chris's work has appeared in several art publications including being named 5280 Magazine's Reader's Choice for Top Local Artist, and the fantasy art publication "Spectrum 18."
Current Residence: Denver
Favourite photographer: Joel Peter Witkin
Favourite cartoon character: Master Shake, Trevor Goodchild, Xander Crews
Personal Quote: That which does not kill us, makes us stranger