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Christine Nalina Das

Christine Das was born in Penang, Malaysia and educated in Convent Green Lane. She obtained her formal arts education in graphic design at the Sain Academy of Arts in Penang. In August 2013, she won Marie Claire’s Woman of Style and Substance 2013 award for her artistic contributions.
 
As a child, her artistic flair became evident when she used to doodle while lying on the floor under the dining table, having learnt the hard way that doodling on walls had consequences. Years on, this passion transformed into a livelihood, as she tried her hand at book illustrations, displays, murals, graphic design and animation. A proud moment for her was when she was part of the backdrop crew for the Hollywood production “Anna and the King”, that was filmed in Malaysia in 1999. It was her first taste of realism painting on larger backdrops under scenic artists Peter Collias and Matt Connors and it marked the start of her love affair with painting. In 2007, she took a big step after 18 years of being a graphic artist to become a full-time visual artist. And she hasn’t looked back since.
 
Christine made her mark in Singapore in early 2013 and is now represented by Maya Art Gallery. One of her artworks became part of an Installation project by Wei Ling Art Gallery at the recent Basel Art Exhibition in Hong Kong. Since her debut, she has participated in numerous local and international group art shows. Two of her figurative works have also been selected for the International Contemporary Artists 2013 Publications.
 
Das draws inspiration from Spanish modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi, whose masterpieces include the famous La Sagrada Familia and many other unique architectural wonders in the city of Barcelona. Exposure to his out-of-the-box designs gave her the courage to explore art that is imbued with her own identity. Her local inspirations are Dato Chuah Thean Teng &  Syed Tajudeen.
 
Christine Nalina Das currently resides in Subang Jaya, Selangor and continues to produce her work at her studio. 

19th May 2011

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Magazine issue 13



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