Artist Portfolios > Chris Guarino

“Green Eyed Witch”
Digital Photograph, Handmade Frame
36”x 24.5”
“The Dragon”
Digital Photograph, Handmade Frame
36.5”x 24”

Born in a small town on the outskirts of Chicago, Chris Guarino grew up drawing, playing
in the ruins of old factories, and exploring the sewers and storm drains near his home.
Years later, Chris began to show his work in Chicago, making a name for himself in the
art community in Bucktown and Wicker Park. He became a resident artist at The
Aesthetic Eye Gallery in 2001, where his work was shown and sold on a monthly basis.
Longing to see what the world had to offer him, Chris traveled to London when he was
nineteen and began working in a bronze foundry part-time, and showing his work around
Camden Town where he lived for four years. London changed Chris in ways he cannot
quite put into words, except to say that the age and immense history of the place and it's
many graveyards and old churches haunt him in a way nothing else has.
Seeking yet another change, Chris moved back to the States in 2005. This time to the
historic Capital Hill neighborhood of Denver, CO. There he joined up with several
galleries, learned to weld, and perfected his life casting and sculpting talents under his
mentor David Parvin. Since then he has participated in countless group and solo shows
in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, and was most recently invited to show his work at
Strychnin Gallery in Berlin Germany.
As a Special Effects Artist, his work can be seen in the films “Ink” (prosthetic sculpture
for the main character), “The Enemy God” (prop design and fabrication) and the
upcoming “Decay” (SFX makeup design and application, and set and prop design), as
well as in the traveling “Squirm Burpee Circus,” where he works on prop design and
Now an international artist, Chris's work has appeared in several art publications
including being named 5280 Magazine's Reader's Choice for Top Local Artist, and the fantasy art publication "Spectrum 18."
Chris has now in Austin TX. where he lives and works out of his home
studio as a sculptor, life caster, and gets involved in any artistic project he can get his
hands on.