Christina Kent is a figurative painter working primarily in oils. As a teenager, Kent painted obsessively, teaching herself painting in oils and acrylics by copying the work of her favorite painters. She traded in her brushes after high school for a more “practical” career path, but she continued to feel pulled towards making art. After pursuing a PhD in Economics at Stanford University, she realized she could no longer resist the calling to make art. She began pursuing art professionally in 2020, and in 2023 she was awarded the Emerging Artist Award by Pence Gallery.
Through her paintings she captures the beauty of everyday life onto the canvas in expressive brush strokes. Her subject matter ranges from the golden hills of California, to street corners in San Francisco, to contemplative portraits. While mostly self-taught, Kent has studied under painters including Catherine Kehoe, Claudia Rilling, Nicolas Uribe, and Adam Cohn. Her work can be seen at galleries in the Bay Area, California and is collected both in the US and internationally. Kent was born in Houston, Texas and now lives in San Francisco.