Christopher Magadini was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and raised in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Phoenix. He received his bachelors degree at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
After graduating, Christopher worked as a freelance illustrator in Stockholm, Sweden and Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1975 Christopher moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to begin teaching illustration, drawing and painting at Northern Arizona State University. Three years later he became a student again, with a full fellowship to Syracuse University in up state New York, he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree.
Later, Christopher moved to the New York metropolitan area to futher his career as a free lance illustrator. After securing work from Field & Stream, he quickly became sought after by such notable publications as Reader's Digest, Audubon, Home Mechanics, Popular Science, Guideposts, and The Wine Enthusiast. He has also created illustrations for numerous books, stamps, prints and plates.
Christopher has taught drawing and design at Marymount College in New York. He has also been a guest lecturer in Manhattan at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts.
Currently, Christopher is concentrating on plein-air and studio landscapes. When painting he adheres to a simple principle "I follow my heart." states Magadini. "A painting may be simple or complex, loose or highly rendered, but for me what is essential is how it makes me feel when I look at it. I'm careful to select a subject that inspires me, then through my choices of color, shape, light and shadow, I refine the features that I feel are important."
"When individuals express an appreciation of my artwork, I feel I've found kindred spirits with whom to share the visual world."
Christopher Magadini lives in New York state and summers in Saranac Lake, New York.