Crissia Vaughn is a photo-realist oil painter in the final semester of her BFA at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. For the past three years, Crissia has been building a series of large-scale self-portraits deriving from her spearfishing dives. She is a rare hunter in a society where the majority of resources needed for survival are mediated through capitalism. Driven by the awareness that hunting is an essential process at every level of the natural food chain, Crissia uses photorealism as a medium to reconnect her audience with the harvest by transporting them directly into her hunt. Crissia takes inspiration from paleolithic cave paintings, the earliest documented form of painting that honored the hunt and the animals on which the painters depended. Her current body of work is thus a contemporary continuation of this same process.
Completed her BFA in Painting at the University of Hawaii at Manoa - May 2021.
2019- Received the John Young Scholarship in the Arts.
2020- Received the Yoko + Mark Radke Award For Excellence in Drawing and Painting.
2021- Received Oustanding Undergraduate Student in Painting
November, 2021- Zatara Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
June, 2021- 34th Women’s Works Annual Show, The Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, Illinois.
June, 2021- Art Night, Protea Zero Waste One Year Anniversary, Kailua, Hawai'i
May, 2021- Open Sea Leather Co., Honolulu, Hawai'i
May, 2021- Turning The Key, Downtown Art Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i
March, 2021- Something Fishy, Downtown Art Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i
2016-2017 Ai Love Nalo, Waimanalo, Hawai‘i
Selected Online Exhibitions:
November-December, 2021- Biafarin International Smart Online Group Exhibition
May, 2021- University of Hawai’i at Manoa 2021 BFA Show, Honolulu, Hawai'i
2021- Horizons Undergraduate Journal Vol. VI