Lighting, installation and interior design artist, Christopher Trujillo has been recycling and reusing materials in his work for more than twenty years. He has become best known for his paper chandeliers – beautiful hanging light sculptures stunningly fashioned from recycled paper. His practice also involves transforming spaces for high-profile events, working with personal interior design clients, and developing public art projects.
At the core of Christopher ’s work lies a desire to stimulate thinking about the beauty of sustainable design. It is his mission to encourage and support eco-consciousness in his creative process, while demonstrating artistic and functional ways in which re-purposed materials can work cohesively with architecture and interiors. Clients have included Karl Lagerfeld, Anita Durst & chashama, Kelly Mac Real Estate, Arthur & Gabby Salzberger (New York Times), Carrie Mae Weems, Stephen Sills Associates, Presidio, and more. Christopher has also fashioned interiors, displays, and events for a long list of Harlem businesses, most notably The Cove, Harlem Bespoke, Nabe, Red Rooster, Sylvia’s, and Taste Harlem Tours.
One of Christopher’s proudest moments has been in archiving and restoring the sculptures of Raven Chanticleer, before securing a permanent home for the works in the collection of the Leslie-Loman Museum. Additional highlights have included founding Emergency Arts Studio, a collaborative space for artists, architects and “green-thinkers”; executing staging for Fashion Designer, Michael Jerome Francis, for BLACK DRESS, an exhibition presented by Pratt Institute in the Fall, 2014, and; working with Harlem community youth on public art projects on behalf of chashama in collaboration with Bank of America (with Boys & Girls Club of Harlem), Projekt Art (Deel Garden Sculpture), and SoHa Square. His work has appeared in El Decor ,Veranda, and the coffee table book, Steven Sills: Decoration.
Christopher held a chashama art studio in the Mink Building for more than eight years, and continues to live and create in Harlem. He looks forward to developing a practice in Santa Fe, his hometown, and developing future public art projects with the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling.