who is e n r i c o christion ?

Enrico Christion was born Eric Christ Susewitz in 1960.

At the age of 15, he began drawing caricature portraits of his teachers and classmates in his home tome Hartland, Michigan. Under the sponsorship of his high school art instructors Lula Nestor and James Patterson, he attended Eastern Michigan University in 1978, majoring in fine art.

In 1979 he was accepted at Parsons School of Design, department of illustration, in New York City..  While in New York he also worked as a model and studio assistant for fashion illustrator Antonio (Lopez).


In 1981, he migrated from copying what is seen with the eye to creating what can be visualized from within. Following the calling of a self-awakening, the young artist began a quest for personal truth, documenting these truths in his art. Christion worked on a series of color photographs that he transcribed as large-scale oil paintings from 1982-1984. This collection was exhibited throughout Dallas, Texas between 1985 and 1986 in various venues titled: “Cave Paintings, a Human Hunt for Spiritual Truth”. This body of work reflects a symphony of imagery, which illustrates subjectively the artist himself depicted as a symbol within the painting as opposed to a “self-portrait”.

James Patterson
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pen and ink on illustration board 1978

Illuminated Lady
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Photograph 1980/Digital Manipulation 2004

Flash Study 001
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Photograph 1981/Photomanipulation 2002

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