Cristina González is a Chicana artist and arts educator. Born in San Antonio, Texas to Mexican-American parents, Cristina spent her formative years in the Sacramento valley of California. She studied art and art history at Yale (BA, 1992), and after a brief stint in Mexico City, painting and drawing at the University of Washington, Seattle (MFA, 1997).
González was trained as a painter. Her work explores the beauty and contradictions of living a mixed-race, mixed-heritage, mixed-language life. Her work is in the collections of the Carlsbad Museum of Art, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, the New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation, the City of Santa Fe, the State of New Mexico, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, among others.
In addition to maintaining a studio practice, González cultivates collaborative partnerships for public projects. The largest of these to date is a permanent, steel sculptural memorial at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Warrior's Repose" (2015), a collaboration by González + Sisneros Studio, is dedicated to two Chicano soldiers from Albuquerque's South Valley who died in Vietnam.
Among the artist grants she has received are fellowships from Skowhegan, Yale, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, and the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts. González was a USA Fellow nominee in 2016.
González is also known as a dynamic and dedicated teacher. She was instrumental in launching New Mexico's first, residential, state-chartered high school for the arts. During her tenure as Chair, NMSA graduates were admitted to art schools and universities around the world, and González' work was featured at Edutopia.org.
Photo credit: Yöeme Hömari