by  Madi Ellis    


I am Cristi López, a Chicago-based artist and Gainesville, Florida native. I am an artist specializing in drawing, painting, and illustration. I explore the material potential of the human body to communicate psychological states.

My work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and is in private collections across the United States. I am currently an Artist in Residence and Instructor at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

I am available for freelance work– contact me at

Selected Awards & Recognition

Artist in Residence 2016 – 17, Lillstreet Art Center

Amy Tan Private Collection

Muddy Colors IMC 2017 Scholarship Honorable Mention

Supersonic Art Blog Feature

Best of Ringling 2015 Junior Award

Photo of the Day chosen by Vogue Italia, May 15, 2012


Ringling College of Art and Design, BFA with Honors, 2013 – 16.

The Illustration Academy, Summer Workshop, June – July 2014.

The University of Florida, Drawing Major, 2011 – 13.


You Are Beautiful: Chicago Billboard Miniatures with Matthew Hoffman, Galerie F, Chicago, IL, December 8, 2017.

Cultural Traffic, Art Basel, Miami, FL, December 8-10, 2017 .

SoFar Sounds Live Painting, Chicago, IL, August 30 & November 18, 2017.

Draw! Draw! Draw! at Galerie F, Chicago, IL, August 19, 2017.

Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, IL, May 6, 2017.