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Christopher Volpe paints at the border of representation and abstraction. Though rooted in landscape, his atmospheric paintings combine the traditional and the contemporary to express intangible feelings and ideas.
Having earned a graduate degree in poetry from the University of New Hampshire, he wrote professionally and taught American literature, writing, and art history until discovering and embracing painting for its immediate potential to express deeply embedded individual and universal experiences of reality. Christopher exhibits his work in galleries, alternative art spaces, and museums throughout the northeast.He has been featured in Artscope magazine and Art New England and has received grants and awards from MassMoCA, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He teaches classes and workshops out of his studio in Lowell, Mass. and at Montserrat College of Art and Castle Hill Center for the Arts and conducts workshops throughout New England and abroad. Raised in Oyster Bay, Long Island, he now lives with his wife and son in Hollis, New Hampshire.
He is a writer for Art New England and has taught at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Chester College of New England, Franklin Pierce University, and the University of New Hampshire.