Christopher Puzio
b. 1971, Paterson, New Jersey

Christopher Puzio is a San Diego artist who works in multiple mediums - primarily metal, to create dramatic sculptural and environmental elements. Puzio received his Master's degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, where he focused and developed his passion for contemporary metalwork and design. His work has been featured in Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s exhibition “Here Not There: San Diego Art Now” and Art San Diego |  Contemporary Art Fair, in addition to numerous other exhibitions and shows nationwide. Puzio is a faculty member at Woodbury University School of Architecture San Diego Campus and University of San Diego, and lectures widely on the topic of art, craft and design.



“My work is principally a study of geometry, pattern and structure found within nature. This overarching curiosity for the natural world continues to be a primary interest and theme within my work. As an artist, I intend to build upon the traditions of metalwork and craft while developing a language of making that incorporates contemporary methods and design technology. The environments and objects that I create ultimately exist to inhabit and shape the space around us. My hope is that they inspire a heightened sense of curiosity and wonder”
 

























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Education
Boston Architectural College, B. Arch. 1996
Cranbrook Academy of Art, M. Arch. 2002

Residency
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 2018

Solo Exhibitions
Material Reconnaissance, Sasaki, Boston, MA 2019
La Jolla Duomo, Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA 2016
Pattern & Structure, San Diego Central Public Library, San Diego, CA 2015
Spatial Effects, Unisource, San Diego, CA 2012
Sketch, Prototype, Test, Agitprop Gallery, San Diego, CA 2010
New Work: Big Beaver, Luis De Jesus, San Diego, CA 2008
Holy Ghost, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 2007
Recent Work, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA 2007

Group Exhibitions
Quint |Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA 2018
Quint |Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA 2015
San Diego Art Institute, Winter Exhibition, San Diego, CA 2014
Object Object, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA 2014
Quint |Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA 2013
Public Art Matters, Woodbury University, San Diego, CA 2013
Quint |Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA 2012
Optional Features, Art San Diego 2012 | Contemporary Art Fair 2012
Gothic, Orange County Center For Contemporary Art 2012
MOveMENT, The Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco (MAG) 2011
So Say We All, Habitat House, San Diego, CA 2011
MATTER, The Bakery Gallery, San Diego, CA 2011
New Contemporaries IV, San Diego Visual Arts Network 2011
Sculpture in the Garden, San Diego Fine Art Society, Cuyamaca College 2011
Mockups, WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2011
Here Not There: San Diego Art Now, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art 2010
Coffee and Donuts, The Bakery Gallery, San Diego, CA 2010
Chair For The Page, Guggenheim Gallery Chapman University & LA Forum 2010
Otra/Another 2009, Woodbury School of Architecture, San Diego, CA 2009
Local Forms that Function, Design Within Reach, San Diego, CA 2007
Juried Biennial, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA 2007
Group Design Show, Spacecraft Gallery, San Diego, CA 2006
Literary Print in the 21st Century, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum 2004
Detroit Design Show, Detroit Artist Market 2003
Critical Mass, Detroit Museum of New Art 2003
Degree Show, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2002

Public Art Projects
LAX 5959 | Los Angeles, CA | commission 2019
Jefferson Stadium Park | Anaheim, CA | commission 2019
Groundswell, Bloc: Lane Field South | San Diego, CA | commission 2018
Cerritos Trees, City of Cerritos, CA | commission 2016
Hilton Harborview Hotel | San Diego, CA | commission 2016
San Diego County Library | Alpine, CA | commission 2016
North Park Post Office | San Diego, CA | commission 2015
HUB Hillcrest | San Diego, CA | commission 2014
La Jolla Crossroads | La Jolla, CA | commission 2014
Dudley Square Municipal Facilities | Boston, MA | short-list 2014
Ocean Discovery Institute | San Diego, CA | short-list 2013
You Are Here | San Diego, CA | commission 2013
Tom Ham's Lighthouse | San Diego, CA | commission 2013
Higuera Garage, Culver City, CA | commission 2013
Steelhouse Offices, Culver City, CA | commission 2013
The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine | commission 2012
Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs | Artist Registry 2011-12 2011
San Francisco Arts Commission | 2011-12 Bay Area Artist Registry 2011
John Wayne Airport, Orange County | Terminal C, short-list 2011
San Diego County Operations Center, awarded commission 2010
City of Greeley Public Art, sculpture on loan 2010
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters, short-list 2010
San Diego International Airport | Terminal 1, short-list 2010
Miami-Dade, Jackson South Community Hospital, short-list 2010
Alameda County Arts Commission, site-specific artist registry 2010
Ocean Beach Comfort Station, short-list 2009
Woodbury School of Architecture, San Diego, CA 2009
Boomerang for Modern, San Diego, CA | commission 2007
Extraordinary Desserts San Diego, CA, commission 2005

Public Collections
Daimler Chrysler Collection

Private Commissions
Alexandria Real Estate Equities HQ | Los Angeles, CA | commission 2019
Culture Yard | Irvine, CA | commission 2019
SLS Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | commission 2019
Fort Stockton | San Diego, CA 2018
LOT Cinema | La Jolla, CA 2015
Dolgen Residence | San Diego, CA 2015
Kassel Residence | San Diego, CA 2015
Kilroy Realty Corp | San Diego, CA 2015
Parallel Capital Partners | San Diego, CA 2015
Search Optics | San Diego, CA 2014
Shaughnessy Residence | San Clemente, CA 2014
Hubbard Residence | La Jolla, CA 2014
Segal Residence | The Cresta | La Jolla, CA 2013

Bibliography
Galerie, The Creative Minds Issue, Spring 2019
Modern Luxury, Society & Culture - Groundbreaking Art, January 2019
San Diego Union Tribune, 2018 What San Diego’s Art Scene Aspires to Be, December 2018
Pacific San Diego, Anticipation Swells, December 2018
Voice of San Diego, Unmasking Public Artists, November 2018
SDVoyager, Meet Christopher Puzio, August 2018
Modern Luxury, 7 Top Art Influencers, December 2016
San Diego Home / Garden, Take A Cue, October 2016
Interiors California, Shape-Shifter, April 2015
San Diego Home / Garden, Stars of San Diego, January 2015
Pacific Magazine, RE: Creation, By Patricia Dwyer, April 2014
New York Times, The 28-Year Plan, By Sarah Amelar, March 19, 2014
Molecular Aesthetics, Peter Weibel, editor, MIT Press 2013
ARUP Connect, Controlled Randomness 2013
San Diego Union Tribune, Island Arbor Dedication, 2013
Riviera Magazine, Art Power, 2012
San Diego Home & Garden, Architectural Digress, 2011
San Diego Union Tribune, Museum of Contemporary Art: 'Here Not There' 2010
Riviera Magazine, All’s Good in the Wood, 2010
San Diego CityBeat Magazine, Mix, Shake, Serve 2009
San Diego Union Tribune, Ghost Rider & Friends, By Robert L. Pincus, 2008
Riviera Magazine, Designers in Residence, 2007
San Diego CityBeat Magazine, Straight and Simple, 2007
306090 05, Teaching + Building, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003
Hyle 9, Philosophy / Chemistry / Art, University of Karlsruhe, 2003

Lectures
Designers In Real Time, San Diego State University 2014
Recent Work, SDMA Contemporary Art Committee 2012
Shop Life, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA 2012
My House, Dwell on Design Conference / Dwell Magazine, Los Angeles, CA 2009
Holy Ghost / University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 2007
Constellation of Elements, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 2006

Teaching
University of San Diego:
ARTV 105 Introduction to Sculpture 2014
ARTV 369 Intermediate/ Advanced Sculpture 2013
Woodbury School of Architecture San Diego:
AR.384.D1 Design Studio 3B: Structure, Systems, Space & Form 2014
ARCH.281.D1 Design Studio 2A: Program And Spacecraft 2013
ARCH.3708.D1 Furniture Design 2013
ARCH.281.D1 Design Studio 2A: Program And Spacecraft 2012
ARCH.3703.D1 Material Production Studio 2012
ARCH.281.D1 Design Studio 2A: Program And Spacecraft 2011
ARCH.3703.D1 Material Production Studio 2011
ARCH.491.D2 Design Studio 5A: Contemporary Topics Studio 2010
ARCH.384.D2 Design Studio 3B: Structure, Systems, Space & Form 2010
AR.487.D2 Design Studio 5A: Design Build Topics Studio 2009
AR.384.D1 Design Studio 3B: Structure, Systems, Space & Form 2009
AR.3734.D1 Material Production Studio 2008
AR.370 Fe Studio: Metal Shop 2007


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