I thought I have known Christiana for years, and I was wrong.

Our paths crossed at a technology company years ago. The Christiana Wu I knew was a kind, intelligent and hardworking individual. With the discovery of her art, I realized just how little I actually knew about her: She is so much more than the above. She is creative at multiple facets of art, she is a fighter who can be broken yet still managed to thrive, she holds intergrity and never compromise on what her art deserves. Beyond the creative soul and a brilliant mind, stands an incredibly strong woman.

ArtandMe stands by artists like Christiana: we offers a space and commuity for every artist to tell their stories. Art influences lives by instilling values and translating experiences across space and time.

Art brought us together, and together, we can make a diffference. ❤️❤️❤️

Here is Christiana’s story:

A quick self introduction

I’m Christiana Wu and I’m a multidisciplinary artist with passions in illustration, painting, music, and filmmaking. My education is in human- centered design and electrical engineering. I’m currently the creative director at Caveglow.

How would you describe your art style?

Varied at the moment. Depending on how I’m feeling at the point of execution, I can attempt a minimalist style or generate something more detailed and complex. However, I would say that the genre I typically gravitate towards is dark surrealism.

What was the first piece of art you created and what was the inspiration behind it?

I’ve been making art since I was a young child. It’s a bit difficult to recall the first piece I’ve done but I specifically remember working on perspective. I drew a haunted church that had signs pointing in multiple directions. The topic was probably due to my childlike confusion as to which religious designation I was a part of.

What was your latest work? And what was the inspiration behind it?

Alphie II
Christiana’s work: Alphie II

My latest work is a digital piece of the Playskool toy, Alphie II, done around the holiday season. I recently had found my muse, which are memories of lived times. Alphie II was a Christmas gift that I cherished for a long time.

What is your favorite piece of art? 

It’s probably “A Mermaid” by John William Waterhouse. I’m a huge fan of mythology and classical oil painting. Aside from the technical mastery, there’s an expression on the figure’s face that causes you to wonder who she is and what she’s thinking. Sometimes I wish I was her.

What are your biggest achievements so far?

Both private and professional ones Biggest achievement so far has been producing, writing, and directing my first film entitled “Alvin”. Caveglow hired out an entirely professional team to work on this passion project. Production week was easily the most fulfilling week of my life. Alvin is currently in post-production. We’re aiming to publicly release this film in 2020.

What are the advice that you would like to give to the other artists?

Remember what you’re doing this for. Always keep learning; do not be complacent. Continue mastering your craft.

Who are your inspirational artists?

For illustration/painting, John William Waterhouse, Frederic Leighton, Charles Santore, Sir John Tenniel, and dare I say it, Naoko Takeuchi. I respect and admire a lot of artists who have worked on book covers or spot illustrations. Every time I read a book that had illustrations, sometimes I’d want to read faster just to get to the next image.

What do you think are the biggest challenges artists are facing currently? And why?

One issue is proper compensation. Another issue is stable work. They’re very prevalent in the freelance community. But I think the biggest issue is support. Generally speaking, sometimes consumers would rather buy a generic art piece at IKEA (for example). It is worth finding and collecting art that is meaningful.

At the end, Christiana said:

Having survived many ups and downs in life, the moral of my story is: Be a good person but be yourself. Stand up for yourself and don’t compromise. We’ll get there. And I personally will get there with hard work and integrity. And when I do, I’ll help you too. ❤️❤️❤️

Check out Christiana’s online gallery: https://artandme.space/artist/cluumein/

Follow her passion project at:

Website: alvinthemovie.com
Twitter: @alvinthemovie
IG: @alvinthemovie
FB: @thealvincruzmovie