Christa Kieffer was born in Tubingen, Germany.
She studied extensively throughout Europe before moving to the
United States to attend the Art Center College of Design in Los
Angeles. After she won first prize in the Society of Illustrators
competition, Christa received a fellowship toward the completion
of her Masters of Fine Arts degree and went on to teach a special
class for gifted high school students.
commissions from various companies, including Simon and Schuster,
Caspari, the Royal Mail of England, Digitek corporation, Portal
Publication and the NFL, she decided to devote all of her efforts
to easel painting.
in oil on canvas Christa uses glazes to create a luminous quality
and adds a feeling of depth to her images of La Belle Époque,
the beautiful era. Drawing on her own European experiences
she is exploring this romantic and exciting time, concentrating
mostly on Paris, the city of light.
to paint this more gracious time when there seemed to be the perfect
balance of excitement and leisure, movement and tranquility, small
pleasures in the midst of architectural splendor. The streets
and thoroughfares offered the joy of unexpected encounters, movement
and variety to be viewed from an elegant sidewalk cafe or a stroll
down the avenue. Here was the human spectacle in all its exuberance
and yet the safety of community.
To me, the
transition of light is especially appealing. I get great pleasure
out of capturing the magical hour at dusk, leur blue,
when thousands of electric lights mingled with the traditional
gas lanterns and the light of the waning day, when the streets
filled with crowds of strollers and carriages and omnibuses, and
the anticipation of the coming night life was everywhere.
currently lives in a small community surrounded by Point Reyes
National Seashore in California. She is co-founder of Gallery
Route One in nearby Point Reyes Station. She travels to Paris
frequently, rising in the early hours of dawn to walk the boulevards
and photograph this magical city before it becomes partly invisible
with tour buses and the roar of contemporary traffic.