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A family portrait of my grandmother as a child with her family.

They all look so sad here…I could not resist drawing what I saw in the photo…disconnect…My grandmother had a very long and unhappy childhood…she is 68 years old now.

As a child my grandmother grew up in one of the richest families in Puerto Rico. Her father was a well known and respected chef in Puerto Rico. He had all his children’s clothes handmade and their toys handmade as well. This was in the 40’s…but despite it all, the family decided to come to new york city…things went sour from that moment and they seemed to have fell from grace…

Media Used: collage, found materials, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, oil pastels, gouache, various media on bristol paper 14 × 17



I am a graphic designer and fine artist. I am an obsessed designer and compelled artist. I enjoy painting, drawing, creating my own textures and images for my designs. Through my art and designs I hope to awaken raw emotions from the viewer.


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  • Cara Schingeck
    Cara Schingeckover 4 years ago

    Christina, the story along with your artwork say so much. With your words I was still attracted to this image for these reasons- the eyes which you have painted each one looking in so many different directions-for me it caused me to think about this family even without reading your story about why? why does the family look in so many directions even the little one in the arms of the one with the flower so bright red, which I also wonder about and this, Christina, is what makes for me the brilliance of your artwork-this portrait…I am interested in so many aspects, so many elements that you have created that I want to know more I want to understand for myself, to reconcile it for me in my world and that is exceptionally well done fine art for me personally, art that holds a viewer and does not let them go…just now I see the heart in the hand, the yellow rose on the shelf…it is a painting that can be viewed for a very long time and holds many mysteries which is in my opinion the best art.

  • thank you so much cara for your beautiful comment…makes me a little teary eyed actually…to recieve such a great compliment, and to have someone appreciate my piece in such a lovely way…

    this piece was very intimate for me, i will give away some of it’s secrets…the flowers….the bright yellow flower on top represents my great-grandfather, great-grandmother, and great-uncle who have longed passed…I don’t remember them really, but I thought it was fitting to represent them how they were and how it is now. My grandmother is the little girl on the far left with the yellow flower on her neck, thus representing her connection to her father, mother, and brother…my great-grandmother is the woman in the middle holding the baby in her arms with the red flower. The red flower in her hair representing her beauty that she was famous for when she was younger, and the flower in her hand representing the heart of a family and what binds them together…

    again thank you Cara :) fills my heart with a little bit of pride…. :)

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 4 years ago

  • oh my goodness, thank you so much for the feature! really awesome! :)

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • Cara Schingeck
    Cara Schingeckover 4 years ago

    Christina, to follow up on your breathtakingly honest reply to my comment earlier today of this work of art, I must say I am profoundly moved by your continuing story that relates to this painting. Thank you so much for sharing with me and explaining the symbolism of your art. It removes questions yet adds so much more depth in a way that is difficult for me to explain from my own viewpoint or personal perspective all I can say is thank you and that I truly admire your family now that you have shared what you have about your history and heritage

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 4 years ago

    Once again, as usual in your work, I was attracted by the color language of this picture..the delicate greys and browns expressing the sadness, and the vivid red of the flowers as a focal point of the destiny : hope and desillusion mixed all together… tha’ts beautiful !

  • thank you so much for your wonderful comment! i truly appreciate it…I’m glad you can look so deeply into my piece. again my heart swells… :)

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • thank you. :) truly an inspired piece for me…. :)

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanalmost 4 years ago

    Powerful, yet tragic and inspiring. You capture the dark side of all families. A fav

  • Thank you for your insights Joseph, it is truly appreciated. :) My grandmother as well loved the honesty of this piece, even if it was about her family…

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    Featured Work FEBRUARY 21st, 2011

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  • Thank you Mary for this wonderful feature! :)

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much for you beautiful comment! I am glad you can enjoy so much. :) :)

    – Christina Rodriguez

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    MedILSover 3 years ago


  • Azellah
    Azellahabout 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Please enter this work in the BSBA Best Of Features Challenge by clicking the image below :)

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