Christian Vassell, a “Painter’s Painter”


Christian Vassell, 20, is autistic but has not allowed his disability to define him. Now a student at the National Institute for Artist and Disabilities (NIAD), located at 551 23rd Street in Richmond, Christian has continued to blossom into what NIAD calls a “painter’s painter”. His paintings were placed in a room at the ArtpadSF – San Francisco’s premier art fair – and became a huge hit to visitors.

p1″>Vassell’s recent work of abstract paintings filled with bold colors had independent curator Anu Vikram select him to be featured in NIAD’s recent exhibit “Hand to Hand”.

Continuing to grow as an artist, Vassell has begun to create clay creatures, based on numerous wildlife books he has seen. According to NIAD, just like all of Vassell’s other works, his new clay sculptures have become extremely popular.


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