Paul Cristina was born in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, OH. in August of 1983. As a self-taught artist, he has continued to develop his creative sensibilities through the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images. These sources of education continue to inform his work through the experimentation of various style and media.
Cristina had worked several years as a paramedic, which allowed for a stark insight and investigation into the often disturbing aspects of society and human behavior. This experience involuntarily informs the work and provokes continual contemplation toward the underbelly of life as we know it.
His work has been primarily exhibited throughout the southeastern United States and is in private collections in New York and South Carolina. In 2015, Cristina was the recipient of the First Place prize for Fine Art and Drawing in the North Charleston Arts Festival Juried Exhibition. He currently resides and develops work in Charleston, South Carolina.