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Art Collectors Reviews of Chris Fabbri artwork

“Whenever I’m lucky enough to come across something exceptionally cool or moving,
I like to share so others can experience it too…this dude is a painter from Cali
who lives by the beach & paints everyone and everything you could possibly imagine,
and he paints on obscure surfaces like metal, wood, sheets, telephones, floor mats,
cardboard and anything he finds intriguing! I love his work
because it’s “insinuated images” and everything is so unique and cool!”
-Marnie Baca, CA, art collector, June11, 2017

“Perfect Artist, Perfect Friend!!!
Greetings and love from Slovakia”
-Alzbeta Pavcova, Artist/Art Collector, Apr12, 2017

“One of my friends is a painter by the name of Chris Fabbri.
Check out his work. He mainly does portraits of pop culture icons,
but he also dabbles in scenic art and still life.
He not only paints on traditional canvases,
but he’s also done work on cardboard and records as well.
His style is planted firmly in reality, yet there is a tinge
of surrealism to his work. I’ve spoken to him
over the years and he’s a nice fellow as well!
-Steven Emanuel, FL. Jan15, 2017

“Of all the artists I had curated, Chris Fabbri is the one that deserves an award
for having the hardest working most frequent exhibiting art career,
and that’s not even mentioning his photography and DJing! So here’s some art by
the artist you’ve probably all seen before all over the Bay Area and beyond.”
-Rik Verlin Livingston, ZonoArt, SF Artist, Dec16, 2016

“Awesome painting” -Cane Fite, DJ Hurricane, Art Collector, Dec15,2016

“Very cool! the highly intuitive way you do faces and portraits,
not to mention some of the pop culture ones like Godzilla with an acoustic guitar.
I think the faces are your strongest work here. Again, good job!”
-Eddie Rifkind, SF Artist, Sept26, 2016

2016 Bill Ortiz, pencil and acrylic on cardboard 8 1/2"x11" •

2016 Bill Ortiz, pencil and acrylic on cardboard 8 1/2″x11″ •

“the subtle use of color and details are really wonderful-
specially the shirt and trumpet. I really love it! Thanks man”
-Bill Ortiz, Santana trumpeter, SF art collector, Aug24, 2016

2016 Prince, acrylic on cardboard 12"x12" •

2016 Prince, acrylic on cardboard 12″x12″ •

“Thank you very much Chris Fabbri! I love this acrylic portrait of Prince.
I think it is really special that Chris painted on the back of a Prince album cover.
It’s an original painting and it’s unique.” -Peter Cabrera, LA art collector, May17, 2016

Alive Magazine June 2014 feat. Chris Fabbri
Alive Mag

“Top5 East Bay Artist” –ALIVE East Bay California magazine page 47, June 2014

Marcus Thompson Timex Social Club, Chris Fabbri painting

“The art of Chris Fabbri is simply fabulous. Chris was easy to communicate with.
I sent him photos via email and after a few questions, he took it from there.
He kept me updated via facebook with photos of the progress he was making
on my project. Chris is an exceptional artist and I highly recommend him.”
-Marcus Thompson, Timex Social Club, Mar26, 2014

Chris Fabbri art studio Beastie Boys 2014

“Chris Fabbri painting the Beastie Boys and he has some beautiful pictures to sell.
Check out the live painting video”
PollyBlogStew.org, Jan13, 2014


Sherri and Chris 2014 (1)

“Prolific and versatile, bringing us multicultural progressive realism,
Chris Fabbri celebrates the present while reviving the past.
For decades, his drawn and painted portraits are created
by applying oil and acrylic paint to canvas, paper and wood,
inspired by focusing on photo shoots of Northern California.”
-Sherri, ChrisFabbri.com website editor, Aug26, 2013

Bernie

“Fabulous paintings, good for your eyes” -Bernie Garcia, LA art collector, Feb1, 2013

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“Although from Boston, Chris Fabbri has quickly made
the Bay Area his stomping grounds; his work has been displayed
and shown in many different galleries in the last 10 years
and has not failed yet to disappoint. A “jack of all trades”
of sorts, he works with many kinds of materials in many
varieties of subjects but it seems as if the work that
resonates the most is his work in digital prints.”
-Rene, ArtSlant.com f8 Icon SF Nov.21, 2012

AuntyMary's cafe Oakland, feat. Chris Fabbri paintings

“The vibe of the space felt good.
The walls were decorated with interesting art by East Bay artist Chris Fabbri”
OurOakland.net April 2011

2009 Dom Eusebius Wagoner, Bernard Johnson, Thomas X. Davis, first three Abbots of New Clairvaux, acrylic on canvas 36"x24"

2009 Dom Eusebius Wagoner, Bernard Johnson, Thomas X. Davis, first 3 Abbots of New Clairvaux, acrylic on canvas 36″x24″

“Artist Christopher Fabbri, is now showing his drawings and paintings in Vina,
for the wine tasting room of the New Clairvaux monastery.
The monks there commissioned him to paint portraits of their Abbots,
to be showcased for their new abbey which they are rebuilding with
sacred stones from a 15th century monastery shipped
over from Spain.” –TehamaCounty.com Oct.2011

2011 January front page, Red Bluff Daily News  Artist Chris Fabbri at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California

January 2011, front page, Chico, CA. Red Bluff Daily News, Artist -Chris Fabbri at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California. Inspired by his faith and family history, Chris Fabbri was spiritually drawn to the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina. Now, his art will be a part of it’s story. Fabbri, 37, of Walnut Creek, was commissioned in 2009 to create portraits of the first three Abbots, Dom Eusebius Wagoner, Bernard Johnson and Thomas X. Davis. The paintings, done in acrylics on canvas, are 36 inches by 24 inches, framed. When the abbey is finished being reconstructed from stones that meandered on an 800-year journey from the walls of a medieval Spanish monastery’s chapter house to Vina, Fabbri’s paintings may hang inside, he said. “The paintings were produced from me looking at tiny, tiny 2-inch black-and-white photos,” he said. They may either hang in the wine tasting room or be shown in a welcome area, but plans are still in the works. “Either way, I am happy because I know thousands of people of good faith will be seeing the paintings,” he said. Fabbri, who grew up in Boston, used to work with fourth-and fifth-graders with autism when he moved to the Bay Area. However, art and Catholicism are central to who he is. “I practice a process of Buddhist meditation and Catholic faith while making my artwork and living everyday life” he wrote on his website. “I make artwork simply for the reason to share with you a vision of hope and glory.” Some of his vast accomplishments include time as a digital sound musician and an assistant art curator. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Suffolk University, Beacon Hill, Boston. “Being a portrait painter has been a challenge for me these last few decades, growing up,” he wrote in a recent e-mail. “I’m trying to find good support and returning to my roots.” His mother was a nun in the Cistercian order before Fabbri was born, he said. His father was a distant cousin to Father Bernard. Fabbri’s pencil drawings of Thomas Merton and William Randolph Hearst are on display in the New Clairvaux Vineyard’s wine tasting room. Merton, a source of inspiration for Fabbri, quoted in a large panel on the opposite wall of the room. “In a world of noise, confusion, and conflict it is necessary that there be a place of silence, inner discipline and peace,” it reads. Fabbri hopes that what people will remember most about the work at the abbey are the Abbot’s smiles. -front page Red Bluff Daily News, Vina, CA. Mon. Jan.17, 2011

What do security guards do when they’re bored? Some sleep. Some read. Some watch TV.
Christopher Fabbri drew recreations of the Gardner art From 1994 to 1996,
Fabbri was a guard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum,
and he told me that his job was to stand in one position in a gallery
and when no one was in the room, he could draw with a pencil
to help pass the time. He drew what ever picture was closest to him.
I emailed Fabbri about his pictures. I liked the simplicity
of his drawings, and he gave me permission to share the Manet sketch.
He told me that he drew the work on the back of a donation
envelope, and you can see the seam on the surface of the paper.
I asked Fabbri why he drew those pictures. “Because I liked them,” he told me.
Fabbri is now a professional portrait painter, and you can see more of his work on his website.
-Ulrich Boser, Boston, MA. June 2009

Studio 2016, paintings from 2003

“Works by Fabbri, elected “best seller” on
PaintingsDirect.com, shouldn’t be overlooked.”
-NiteVibe.com SF Jan.2004

1999-2000 USA TODAY ELECTED A BEST SELLING PAINTER

1999-2000 USA TODAY ELECTED A BEST SELLING PAINTER

Christopher Fabbri is elected a best seller on PaintingsDirect.com
USA TODAY, newspaper Oct.1999

1999 A New Way, oil on canvas 14″x18″

1999 A New Way, oil on canvas 14″x18″

“…his fenced landscapes are psychological responses to the concept of distance,
has a realistic yet temporal approach. Areas of realistic colors
are heavily brushed to smooth the surfaces.
His paintings, inspired by memories of childhood vacations,
are neither realistic nor abstract but fall somewhere in between…”
-American Landscape, PaintingsDirect, Inc. NY Oct.1999

1995 BOSTON HERALD FEATURE PHOTOS BY LEO GOZBEKIAN, GALLERY 28 NEWBURY STREET, NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, BOSTON

1995 BOSTON HERALD FEATURE PHOTOS BY LEO GOZBEKIAN, GALLERY 28 NEWBURY STREET, NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, BOSTON

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