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ABOUT CRISTIAN

Often I find myself feeling like a misfit, walking a path that relates many types of knowledge and experiences — denying the concept of exclusion and specialization pushed by modern society.

 

I was born curious and attracted by beauty, constantly exploring and wondering. I studied computer coding and became a graphic design apprentice in an advertising agency in Chile in 1996. In 1998, I switched to health science and obtained a university degree as a medical technologist and molecular biologist. In 2009 I earned a Ph.D. degree in Sciences, with a thesis in biophysics and structural biology.

 

During the same time, I played bagpipes in a Celtic band in Temuco, curated a music festival in Valdivia, and play the tunes and melodies of the Galician Gaita on the shores of the Valdivia River. I travelled back and forth between Chicago, Valdivia, and Valparaíso for three years and then established in Montreal in 2009, where I became a neuroscientist. While my science developed here, I learned and became a practitioner of stained glass art.

 

Eventually, my soul itched for the diversity of perspectives and the creative art process. In 2016 I founded The Convergence Initiative (CI), an independent Canadian international awarded non-profit organization dedicated to advancing (neuro)science education and knowledge through art, promoting the interaction between science and art. Today, parallel to my scientific practice, I teach neuroscience to fine art students and science communication to scientists in Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts. 

 

As a Science Communicator, I became interested in the crossover between science and art to explore the emotionality missed in scientific communication. In that context, I curate content, programs, and exhibitions for the Convergence Initiative and other organizations.

 

As an inter-artist, my art practice explores three topics:

 

Nature, in a classical depiction of aesthetics and beauty.

 

The Scientific Method, exploring the interpretations of the natural phenomena produced by the subtractive digitalization of the analogic realm and the consequences that this has to the approaching of truth. The marvellous observations and questions revealed by tools that behave like new senses. And the ethical flaws from a process unaware of the scientist and focused on the production of knowledge.

 

And finally, non-classical senses, particularly thermosensation.

 

I use art-based graphic design, digital and analogic illustration, stained glass, acrylic painting, digital photography and video, infrared cameras, poetry, and social commentary.