A lifelong artist, color has been the foundation of my art and a metaphor for the deeper meanings of my life. Born into two cultures, I continually observed the issues around color that cast the tones of my life. As a Latina born in Los Angeles, to a Hispanic Father and Anglo mother and growing up during the 60′s and 70′s in upscale neighborhoods, the color of my skin was a topic with neighbors, school teachers and others in the predominantly white neighborhoods of that time.
I soon learned that my olive skin and dark hair along with my Spanish name positioned me as a Latina, Spanish, Chicana or Mexican-American person depending upon the “viewer’s” perceptions.
The colors I wore or the colors my parents argued about when they chose carpets, furniture and paint colors became decisions that conveyed a deeper meaning beyond hue. I realized early in life that people see color from different perspectives that deeply intertwine with culture. I was determined to know everything I could about color.
Working my way through school as a sign painting artist, I graduated from University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, with a BFA in Painting. I went on to work commercially as a billboard outdoor advertising mural artist (before computers took over the craft) and honed my visual color mixing skills. I taught college painting and drawing classes, designed and sold my signature line of ceramic art tiles to big box retailers like Home Depot, illustrated books, wrote an art instructional book titled, Paint Happy, licensed my art interior design images as floor mats and greeting cards and painted images exhibited in museums and galleries.
My love of color has been enriched and honed by all of my experiences and is now knowledge I share through my color consulting business. I help my clients create foundation color stories for their projects; from the homeowner choosing colors for their walls, to the business client choosing colors for their office design or business project.
Contact me for color consulting.
Cristina Acosta Art & Design llc 541-389-5711
Selected Group Exhibits – 2004 to Present
Balloon Fiesta and Rio Grande Arts Festivals – Oct. 2011, Albuquerque, NM.
La Quinta Art Under the Umbrellas – Oct. 2011, La Quinta, CA.
Tahoe Arts Council – July 2011, Art in the Park, Lake Tahoe, CA.
Westfest Art Fair – March 2011, Palm Springs, CA.
High Desert Gallery, Bend, Sisters and Redmond, OR 2008 – 2010 Gallery Representation.
Chimaya Gallery – Los Angeles, CA 2009 – 2010.
Portland City Hall, Latino Latina American Heritage Exhibit, Portland, OR, Sept./Oct. 2008.
Jacob’s Gallery, Hult Center, Eugene, OR, April/May 2008. Latino Visions.
Hood River Arts Assoc., Hood River, OR, Oct. 2005 – Invitational Group Exhibit, includes Artist Talk.
Mirror Pond Art Gallery – Bend, OR, Celebracion! Invitational exhibit of Latino artists. May 2005.
Belinki & Duprey Gallery – Portland, OR: Arte Vivo – 12 regional Latino artists. Artist Talk Oct 2004.
Larson Gallery – Yakima Community College, Yakima, Washington. Sept. 12, 2004 through October 9,2004. “Artistas de La Raza Cosmica. Showcase of 30 National Latino artists. Five oils.
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Summer, 2004, Portland, Oregon, Paintings.
St. Charles Hospital, Bend, OR – Paintings, Spring 2008
Onda Arte Latina, Portland, OR – Paintings, June 2006
Pettibone Art Gallery, Bend, OR – Paintings, April 2006.
University of Washington, Vancouver, WA – Library Exhibit. May 2005 – Oct. Artist Talk
The Welcome Center – Bend, OR. Paintings. July/August 1992.
Sunriver Lodge, Upper Gallery – Sunriver, OR. Paintings. Oct/Nov. 1992.
Central Oregon Community College, Pinkney Gallery, Bend, OR. Paintings and drawings, 1987.
Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology, Tucson, AZ, October 2008 to Jan 2009, 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival (Day of the Dead).
High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon – Hispanic Culture Celebration – April 2006.
Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA – People, Places and Perceptions: A Look at Contemporary Latino
Art in the Northwest, July – Nov. 2005.
Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA – Dia de los Muertos event, October 2004, 2005.
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon – Solo exhibit, North Gallery. April 1995.
Related Arts Employment
Color Consulting: Self-employed – Residential, commercial and institutional. 1998 to Present.
Etsy Online Gallery: Management of 3 galleries, includes online newsletters, other media. 2010 – 2011.
Ceramic Tile Business: Self-employed – Designed, made, marketed, sold signature line of ceramic tile,
1991 – 1999. Sold nationally including Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Home Depot and others.
Licensed Art Images: Self-employed – Images for greeting cards and home décor items. 1993 – 2000.
Mural and lettering artist – Billboard painter, Carlson Sign Company, Bend, OR 1988 -1990.
Window sign and cartoon painter – Self-employed, Holiday and promotional non- permanent signs on store
windows. Central Oregon and Eugene, Oregon, 1984 –1994.
Lettering artist–show card and display signs. Taught sign makers. Safeway, Bend, Eugene, OR, 1987,1988.
Selected Listing: Instructor – Speaker – Curator College, Museum, Library and School courses.
Art Workshops: nationwide. Curriculum based on Paint Happy book. Present.
Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR. – Figure Drawing, Drawing, Painting, Sept.1990 -1995.
The High Desert Museum, Central OR Community College, Bend Metro Parks & Recreation; Central Oregon
Arts Assoc. – Occasional classes 1988 to present.
Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Folklife Program, Las Artes Tradicionales en las Comunidad, 4 week
class – Retablos Ex-votos, a traditional Latino art form. March 2002.
Speaker: Library, Education and Gallery Talks. Including:
1. Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon 4. Nordstrom Store, Salem Oregon
2. Yakima Allied Arts Gallery, Yakima, WA 5. Female Spirituality Conference, Forest Grove, OR
3. Pacific University, Feminist Studies Program & Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Curator: Mirror Pond Art Gallery – Bend, OR, Celebracion! Invitational exhibit of Latino artists.
Books — Authored
Paint Happy, authored and paintings by Cristina Acosta. Published, Northlight Books, F&W Publications,
Cincinnati, Ohio. August, 2002, reprinted Sept. 2004. 119 page art book.
Books — Illustrated
When Woman Became the Sea, illustrated by Cristina Acosta, written by Susan Strauss, published Beyond
Words Publishing, Portland, Oregon, ©1998. 32 page children’s picture book.
Books — Contributed
Triumph of Our Communities – Four Decades of Mexican American Art, by Gary D. Keller and Amy Phillips,
Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue, Arizona State University. Page 16 featuring Acosta’s paintings.
Finding Your Visual Voice: A Painter’s Guide to Developing an Artistic Style, by Dakota Mitchell and Lee
Haroun, North Light Books, Feb. 2007, featuring four of Cristina’s images.
When Woman Became the Sea, illustrated by Cristina Acosta, written by Susan Strauss, Beyond Words
Publishing, Portland, Oregon ©1998. 32 page children’s picture book.
Ceramic Art Tile for the Home, by Debora Goletz, Shiffer Books, Tile and ceramic wares; the foreword
pages 6 and 7, and three other pages in the book, ©2001.
Tile by Jill Herbers, Artisan, Div. of Workman Publishing Company, Inc., New York, NY, ©1996, page 80.
Picture of Crane Kitchen, Beverly Hills, Calif. Brief description and appendices.
Handbuilt Ceramics, by Kathy Triplett, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, ©1997, page 27, Picture of ceramic
The Clay Lover’s Guide to Making Molds, by Pierce Clayton, Lark Books Div. Altamont Press, Asheville, NC,
©1997. Page 52, picture of Cristina’s three mosaic lamps, Page 117, ceramic teapot, attributions.
Selected Print Interviews
The Oregonian – Portland, OR, Dec. 22, 2005. Home & Garden insert. Cover, 4 page interview, p. 7-10
El Hispanic News – Oregon and Southwest WA Bilingual Newspaper, August 11,205, Vol. XXIV No. 32.
Interview and Cover of “Mas” insert.
Paint Décor — Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication, Winter Issue October 2004 to Jan
18, 2005, pages 20 through 31. – For the Fun of It! Artist Cristina Acosta offers a fairy-tale guide to
painting ceramics “as if you own the paint store.” Feature article showcasing Acosta’s ceramic
designs on tableware.
Good Housekeeping – Do it Yourself, Winter 2002, page 65. “Contain Yourself – Create a fiesta of living
color by growing your plants in containers”. Article featured 5 pages of Cristina’s mosaic pots.
Decorate with Paint, Country Sampler Decorating Ideas, Nov. 2002, page 45, “Waves of Inspiration”.
Eleven page interview with pictures of my home. Describing the painted walls of artist’s home and
pictures of fine art paintings.
Good Housekeeping Do it Yourself, Fall 1988, Hearst Publications. “Tips from a tile artist,” by Allison Kyle
Leopold. Page 14,15,105. Three page interview, pictures of paintings and ceramics.
Latina Magazine, “lo nuevo/news” dept. “Tiles with style.” Short interview and pictures, page 35,
Paint Happy: Artist’s Sketchbook, “Brain Food” on page 54, April 2003 issue.
The Artist’s Magazine, December 2002, “Season’s Readings”, page 55, by Allison Rost.
Today’s Books, “Best Reads”, Public News Service, November 11, 2002.
Orange County Home, “The Bookshelf”, October, 2002, page 30.
When Woman Became the Sea: Reviews of Cristina’s illustrations in children’s picture book:
Bookman’s Weekly, November 1998 Booklist, October 1998
Kirkus Reviews, September 1998 School Library Journal, February 1998
Habitat for Humanity – Bend, OR Branch: 2004/05/06 Garnered an apx. $20,000. Grant from Benjamin
Moore Corporate for paint for Silverlake subdivision. Donated consulting services to the clients.
Latina Magazine annual award listing: February 2004, “What We Love: 47 People, Places, & Cositas every
mujer must know.” Page 105, #33.
ASW- Art Supply Warehouse “cover contest”, $1,000 prize plus featured cover artist “Winter Sale” catalog.
The painting – “Juggling Stars”. Feb 2003.
1988 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon – BFA, Painting.
1984 Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon – AA, Fine Arts.