Cristina Rivera Lucioni was born in South America, Chile. Cristina is one of six children, she arrived in Australia at an early age. During her teenage years she spent her free time painting in oils in a makeshift little studio set aside in her parents garage, school lunch times were usually spent in the 'art room' learning and experimenting with colors and subject matter.
During the first year of university Cristina was introduced to Australian artist Mr Dudley Drew. She recalls taking one of her oil paintings to show him, Dudley looked at the painting and stated,
"That is a beautiful drawing Cristina. I will teach you how to paint."
The journey had now begun. Cristina was a student of Dudley Drew for over seven years.
Whilst Cristina worked as a Health Care Manager she balanced her two passions of helping people and being a mother of three, Cristina continued to paint, always feeling best when her easel was up in a corner of the dinning room ready to go.
Cristina made the decision to become a full time artist once she realized that painting was no longer a want, it had become a need and most certainly a big part of the person she is today.
Passionate about creating a mood within her paintings that conveys emotion to the viewer, she regularly paints portraits of children and other subjects going about their lives. Often her paintings will portray an experience and feeling gained when out and about, deciding to paint that moment in time in hope the viewers will relate to the painting.
Her preferred mediums are oil paint and pastels. She is fascinated by the "delicate dance of light and shade," color and tone. Considering herself to be a tonal painter. She has been inspired by various artists past and present; Dudley Drew, Margaret Ollie, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Sidney Nolan and other international artistas: Carlos Catasse, Camilo Mori, Marie Bracquemond, Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Chris Saper, Ariane Beigneux and others.
Cristina regularly attends specialist tutors to further her technical knowledge and understanding. She is a member of the Victorian Art Society and The Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia INC. She has also exhibited her work in various art shows and has had many private sales through commissions. Her art is also represented in various private Collections.