Last Thursday I met Christopher Michael Linquata. He is a senior at CSULB and he lives in San Fernando Valley. His major is representational drawing. You can find him on Facebook, just look for Christo Linquata. He is also on Instagram, his username is icon5350.
Linquata used oil paint and it took him ten months to finish his paintings. He worked on two canvases at a time for 18 hours a day. His favorite artist is Pierro della Francesca. He was inspired by nature and Renaissance paintings. The people in the painting are his friends and family. He also included himself in each painting.
His paintings have a religious theme and it’s also related to Greek myths. He started off with the idea and looked for locations that would fit. He chose a location called sunken city in San Pedro. He focused on light, colors and space. He started on a small painting first before working on the large paintings. He used his imagination, memory, and pictures to create his images.
When I was looking at Linquata’s paintings I kind of already knew that it was sunken city because of the graffiti on the rocks. I had been to sunken city once and it’s a nice view of the beach. I wasn’t sure what the paintings were trying to portray but my first thought was that it looked like a group of friends hanging out, taking pictures and tagging on the rocks. I thought it was really awesome that Linquata included himself in the paintings. I also liked that he painted a portrait of his family.
Here are some pictures of Linquata’s paintings.