Born in Milano, Italy, Cristina Metelli studied at art school as a teenager, before immigrating to Adelaide, Australia where she continued her artistic education, earning an Associate Degree in Visual Art from Adelaide Central School of Art.
Cristina’s artwork has been extensively exhibited and collected in Adelaide, interstate and overseas.
Her art practice is based on painting and sculpture, often inspired by the diversity and beauty of nature, occasionally bringing to public attention pressing environmental issues.
Her ephemeral sculptural works of sea creatures in metal wire have been selected numerous times as finalists in the internationally recognised Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Adelaide, while her piece ‘Reusable’ was awarded best 3D winner of the environmentally-oriented Consumed Art Prize, City of Sturt, Adelaide in 2014.
With her ceramic sculptural work she won the Sculpture Award at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Portrait Prize, Adelaide in 2013, and in 2016, one of her ceramic pieces was selected for The Heysen Art Price For Landscape, Adelaide.
Interested in working with different media and genres, Cristina has also produced illustration work for Dovelight Enterprises and for a chain of discotheques in Milano, Italy. Between 2011 and 2013, she was short-listed for the commission of public artwork by the City of Onkaparinga and Glenside Mental Health Facilities.
She has been featured in numerous publications in The Advertiser Newspaper, South Australia, and World Sculpture News Magazine, Japan.