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Born in a small town on the outskirts of Chicago, Chris Guarino grew up drawing, playing in the ruins of old factories, and exploring the sewers and storm drains near his home.  Years later, Chris began to show his work in Chicago, making a name for himself in the art community in Bucktown and Wicker Park. He became a resident artist at The Aesthetic Eye Gallery in 2001, where his work was shown and sold on a monthly basis.  
Longing to see what the world had to offer him, Chris traveled to London when he was nineteen and began working in a bronze foundry part-time, and showing his work around Camden Town where he lived for four years. London changed Chris in ways he cannot quite put into words, except to say that the age and immense history of the place and it's many graveyards and old churches haunt him in a way nothing else has.
Seeking yet another change, Chris moved back to the…

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  • Joined March 6, 2009

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Sculpture, photography, digital art, life casting, plaster, metal work

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About

Born in a small town on the outskirts of Chicago, Chris Guarino grew up drawing, playing in the ruins of old factories, and exploring the sewers and storm drains near his home.  Years later, Chris began to show his work in Chicago, making a name for himself in the art community in Bucktown and Wicker Park. He became a resident artist at The Aesthetic Eye Gallery in 2001, where his work was shown and sold on a monthly basis.  
Longing to see what the world had to offer him, Chris traveled to London when he was nineteen and began working in a bronze foundry part-time, and showing his work around Camden Town where he lived for four years. London changed Chris in ways he cannot quite put into words, except to say that the age and immense history of the place and it's many graveyards and old churches haunt him in a way nothing else has.
Seeking yet another change, Chris moved back to the States in 2005. This time to the historic Capital Hill neighborhood of Denver, CO. There he joined up with several galleries, learned to weld, and perfected his life casting and sculpting talents under his mentor David Parvin. His work has been shown in fine art galleries from San Francisco to Berlin, and featured in numerous publications and motion pictures. In 2009 he was named as 5280 Magazine's Best Local Artist. In 2011 his work was chosen to be included in the fantasy compilation book "Spectrum 18," and in 2013 he was given the honor of casting the face of World War II Veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient George Sakato for The International Life Cast Museum. His sculptures and life casts have been commissioned by large corporations, as well as private collectors, and adorn the homes of professional athletes and fellow artists alike. Chris currently works out of his studio in Chicago, IL.

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