Christopher is one of
nine children born into the Ashantey family, in the coastal Southern California
town of San Pedro. At the age of five, Christopher's family moved to a farm in
At that early age,
Christopher was awed by the wonder of nature. After moving back to California
at the age of ten, he began to spontaneously draw and paint. His gift was
recognized by the California Institute of the Arts (A Walt Disney School), which
offered him a scholarship from which he earned his Bachelor of Fines Arts
degree. Then enrolling in the University of California at Irvine he
received his Master of Fine Arts degree. To broaden his spectrum he
moved to Dakar Senegal, West Africa to study.
The fusion of
Christopher's ancestral legacy, handed down from his great-grandfather, the
first African member of his family to set foot on American soil, often spoken of
by his grandfather, along with the additional words of knowledge he imparted
allowed Christopher to bridge the gap between his Western education and His
African Art experience. Art has always been a part of Christopher's life. The
ability to create is a gift and a blessing from God available to everyone. Some
share as artists and others as recipients of the gift.
The works of Ashantey are
published internationally by Bruce McGaw Graphics, New York and the California
Institute of Arts, Valencia California.