Contemporary abstract artist, Christine Matzke was raised in New Orleans where her father worked as an artist and musician. Her formative years immersed her in the creative community of artists working, on Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Art and creativity as an essential component of life was first developed for Matzke during these years, and continues into the present.
While art was very intrinsically a part of her life, a passion for dance took prominence as the artist’s main creative outlet for many years. She devoted herself to studying classical ballet. During this time, under the tutelage of Harvey Hysell, and Vincenzo Celli, she received extensive training in the Cecchetti method. She has performed with the New Orleans City Ballet, Ballet Hysell, and the Cincinnati Ballet in NOLA, companies.
In abstract painting the artist discovered a means to merge her love of art and dance. Inspired by her father’s abstract art and her classical dance training, where she honed an ability to visualize an inner dance, Christine Matzke’s abstract paintings translate inner movements to music, and life experiences into dynamic interactions of color and motion on canvas.
While residing in Texas, Matzke continued to develop her creative expression through abstract painting, and handmade jewelry. Her paintings have been exhibited in group shows in San Marcos, at Jo’s Coffee, and in an “Art by Healer’s” presentation. In the Austin area, Matzke has been represented in select group shows at Halcyon Café, Pump Project Studio, and Café Java among other establishments. The artist’s works are held in private collections through out the continental United States.