Cristina Córdova Description
We were first introduced to her work over ten years ago when she exhibited with Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago at SoFA in 2005. The expressions and mastery of materials engaged us and the subject matter was mythical, archetypal. The human figure is key to her work which has been described as "a compelling strain of magical realism ... laden with ideas of creation, crucifixion and the difficult nature of existence.” She is interested in the internal struggle of her characters and creates symbolic representations of that struggle, constantly challenging herself to extend the boundaries of what can be done in the clay medium, often incorporating other materials as well.
Córdova was born in Boston Mass.in 1976. Her parents were Puerto Ricans completing their studies in Medicine at Harvard University. They returned to Puerto Rico when she was 6 months old. She holds a Masters degree from the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a B.A., magna cum laude from the Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico, the Fuller Craft Museum, The Mint Museum of Craft and Design – to name a few.