Aston Martin Turbine
Dissected 1:18 scale model car with stainless steel and aluminum
Metal-infused limited edition print of image above taken by still life photographer Dennis Blachut.
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Christopher Conte was born in Bergen, Norway where he began drawing at age 3. At age 6, shortly after moving to New York, he started taking college art classes at Hofstra University. In high school, he attended St. John’s University under an advanced placement program and was subsequently awarded several scholarships to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY as an illustration major. He also studied human anatomy at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital through a program sponsored by Columbia University. It was during this time when his mechanical illustrations began to take sculptural form.
After earning his bachelors degree, he entered the prosthetics field and began making artificial limbs for amputees. Along with a combined love for sculpture, medical-science, and biomechanics, the field enabled Chris to apply his natural talents to help amputees for 16 years as a certified prosthetist. Creating fine art sculpture never escaped his deepest passion and so in 2008, he became a full-time artist.
Christopher uses a wide range of experience along with diverse materials and construction techniques to create his unique one-of-a-kind pieces. The work is usually a combination of original cast components with found/recycled often antique parts using materials ranging from bronze to carbon fiber. Many of the exotic materials used in both the aerospace industry and the prosthetics field have found their way into his work.
While a strong connection with robotics and technology is present in all of Chris’ work, ancient techniques such as lost-wax bronze casting have become an integral part of the process as well as components of antique machinery such as watches and sewing machines. The process involved in creating just one sculpture can often take months, sometimes, in the case of a series, several years to evolve.
Christopher has exhibited at Last Rites Gallery (owned by the legendary tattoo artist, Paul Booth), Device Gallery, the National Museum in Washington DC and the Peabody Essex Museum. His sculptures have appeared on The Discovery Channel, Discover Magazine, The Learning Channel, MTV Networks in Popular Science and Wired Magazine. His work has also sparked the interest of the FBI, Lockheed Martin, and in 2008, Chris began working closely with former Northrop Grumman engineers and model makers. Christopher has also spoken publicly about his work, most notably at Material Fusion, an international technology and design conference in Sweden.
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