Christine's highly realistic oil paintings are like snapshots taken from an imaginative world that is narrated through props, things, and figures.
"I am continuously drawn to realism, even after I had attempted to abandon it for some time. I have now understood that it complements my voice and instils in me a sense of creative curiosity. More so, contemporary realism attracts me because it takes traditional ways of painting and applies them to current times through a fresh lens".
"I have used different media over the years. Nowadays, I choose to work in oil because of its luscious texture, forgiving yet defying qualities, and slow-drying nature".
"I really hope that my work touches people in one way or another. Paintings, as visual cues, are particularly powerful to connect people as many times they touch upon different parts of the experience and journey of being human. I just hope that my work assists such beautiful experience of interaction and connection".
Christine Porter Lofaro commenced her artistic formation at a young age. She attended Art classes at the Malta Government School of Art and also at the Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce in Valletta. She continued to develop different styles and techniques under the private tuition of Mr. Harry Alden, who was one of Bridget Riley’s students.
Along with 18 years of teaching experience, Christine holds an honours degree in Art and a Master’s degree in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta. In 2016, she obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (UK) with research on studio spaces and creativity. Christine is a full-time artist and a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.
In 2019, Christine has been added as a member of the International Guild of Realism. Founded in 2002, the guild recognizes talented contemporary realists, while also building bridges between collectors and artists working in this field. In 2021, the artist was also appointed judge for The Sovereign Art Foundation, Students Prize, Malta & Gozo.