“I’m in pursuit of liminal spaces, listening, patience and quiet. I believe the body has profound knowledge to share, that love is powerful, that hearts are hungry and need to be fed. I feel the complication writhing within myself and know it must also be writhing within others. I think it’s possible if two people each have a little grace, it’s possible to find common ground with the most unlikely of souls. I think art speaks in ways that words cannot and there is power in both metaphor and image; that there are vague but intense places of emotion and intention that need more room and less definition so that we can exist as the overflowing, messy beings that we are. That we all carry frustrating truths and fears and it’s better to untangle and look at them head on rather than deny them for the sake of false stability. There are infinite ways to do this, but art is how I parse the world and these are the things I hope my work could even begin to hold in it’s subtle, quiet metaphors.”
-Interview with Flesh & Bone Magazine
Portrait by Dana Halferty
I get a lot of emails every year about my work, process, inspiration, and materials. While I love answering your questions I don't have time to get to all of them. To make amends for this, I listed a list of links to interviews, features, and my resume which will hopefully answer most of your questions. I hope this is helpful to all of you curious folk. If you have any other questions not answered here, please email me and I’ll get back with you if I can.
I am not currently taking on personal commissions, I do however have some room in my schedule for commercial projects. Please get in touch if you think your project would be a good fit!
Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the various relationships within it. Drawing from the external, Mrozik uses a combination of flora and fauna, occasionally adding prose, to parse the complexity of our inner worlds.
Graduating from University with an emphasis in illustration, Mrozik has worked with multiple international galleries and commercial agencies. She primarily makes drawings, often composed from watercolor, graphite, acrylic and ink, and has recently delved into the world of ceramics. Mrozik consistently works with arts education nonprofits including Rabbit Island School, and enjoys working collaboratively. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon, though always midwestern at heart.
Wall Street Journal
Booooooom, Best of Kickstarter: “Haunted Bodies” by Artist Christina Mrozik
This is Colossal, Haunted Bodies: A Collection of New Hybrid Drawings About Healing and Loss by Christina Mrozik
Hi Fructose, Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller Collaborate on Drawings of Nature
Beautiful Decay, Christina Mrozik’s Darkly Beautiful Illustrations Explore The Interconnections Between All Living Beings
Booooooom, Best of Kickstarter: Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller’s Book of Collaborative Drawings
This is Colossal, Intricacies: A Book of Collaborative Drawings Inspired by Nature
Hi Fructose, Christina Mrozik’s Stylized Nature Drawings
Juxtapoz, Intricacies, A Book of Collaborative Drawings
Juxtapoz, Christina Mrozik's Natural 'Portraits'
Beautiful Decay, Christina Mrozik's Dark Flora and Fauna
Beautiful Decay, Best of 2011: Christina Mrozik's Animal Instincts
Light Grey Art Lab Podcast, The Meaning of Life? w/ Bene Rohlmann & Christina Mrozik
Venison Magazine, A Phone Call with Christina Mrozik
Your Creative Push, Episode 226: Your art should be a REFLECTION OF YOURSELF (w/ Christina Mrozik)
Antler Gallery, Video Interview with Christina Mrozik in Her Home Studio
The People’s Printshop, I’m in Search of Something, An Interview with Christina Mrozik
Birds n Bones Jewelry // Forge Collective, Soul Journey: Christina Mrozik
Flesh & Bone Magazine, Vol. 28. Christina Mrozik, In the Pursuit of Creative Passion
2009 BFA with Illustration emphasis (honors) - Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
2009-Now - Freelance and Gallery Artist, Portland OR
2014 - Art Instructor for CultureWorks Anime/Animation Class. Six week class on how to create story and draw favorite characters. Holland, MI
2013-17 - Art Instructor for Summer Journeys Rabbit Island School, teaching art and exploration on Rabbit Island in the Upper Peninsula, MI for two a two week unit.
2013 - Drawing Instructor for Ambrose, a local nonprofit teaching a drawing program. Holland, MI
2012 - Illustrator for the “Mesoamerica Resiste” portable mural for the Beehive Design collective. Machias, ME
2011 - Guest Instructor, Grand Valley State University. Instructed online interfacing and web portion of Portfolio class. Allendale MI
2016 & 2018 - Playa Residency, Summer Lake, OR.
2015 - Jennings Hotel Residency, Joseph, OR.
2011 & 2012 - Hook Pottery Paper Residency, LaPorte, IN.
2009 - Cabin Time Art Camp #1 Artist Residency, Porcupine Mountains, MI.
2008 - Robert and Victoria Youngman Award, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI. Ox Bow School of Art Fellowship Recipient, Saugatuck, MI.
2007 - Arthur Zankel Scholar Nominee, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
* notes Solo exhibition
*The Work of Awakening, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
Brink! 5, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
*The Feeling of Light, ArchEnemyArtsGallery,Philadelphia, PA.
Small Works Show, Bein Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
*Under the Harrow, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
Heavy Metal Lover, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Familial , Talon Gallery, Portland, OR.
The Hunt, The Prey, The Spirit, The Lubeznik Center, Michigan City, IL.
Small Wonders 5 , Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
All That Remains, Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM. Curator: Lana Crooks.
Unnatural Histories , Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
* The Things We Keep Underneath , Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
LAX/ORD , Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL. Curator: Thinkspace Gallery.
Amethyst , Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Curator: Kaspian Shore via Prisma Collective.
Invisible Threads, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Growth and Decay, Antler Gallery + Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
PostcArt, Avantegarde Tattoo and Art Gallery, Milan, Italy.
Permanence , Haven Gallery, Northport, NY.
Bones , Galerie F, Chicago, OR.
LA Art Fair, Antler Gallery, OR.
Little/Big, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY.
BRINK, Antler Gallery, Portland OR.
*Intricacies , Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
The 20/20 Project, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Hear Me Roar , The Print Space, London, England. Curator: Skull & Heart.
*Wolves, Snakes, Fire and Tongues, Sally Centigrade Gallery, Denver, CO.
Glass, Cinder and Thorns III, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI. Invitational, Curator April Armand.
Platinum Blend, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco CA. Curator: Stephanie Chefas.
Wanderlust, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Le Chat Noir, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Leftovers, Culture Works, Holland, MI.
On Beauty , Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Secret World , Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Universe: The Art of Existence, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Invitational. Curator: Michael Cuffe.
Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature, Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles, CA. Invitational, Curator: Jessica Followell.
* Tooth and Nail , Antler PDX Gallery, Portland, OR.
Feral Creatures , Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Invitational, Curator: Stephanie Chefas.
Art of the Mushroom, Hi-Fructose. 2018.
Masters of Sketching , 3dtotal Publishing. 2017.
An Epidemic Retrospective, Alexi Era Gallery and Publishing, Mascoutah, IL 2017.
Hear Me Roar, Skull & Heart, London, UK. 2016.
Life in Color: A Coloring Book for Bold, Bright, Messy Works-In-Progress, Switch Press, North Mankato, MN. 2016.
Intricacies, Book of Collaborative Drawings by Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller, Self Published, Grand Rapids, MI. 2015.
International Drawing Annual 8, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. 2014.
2016-Now - Prisma Collective
2012-2014 - Beehive Design Collective