American sculptor Christopher Slatoff was born April 27, 1953 in Oakland, California. His father, Howard Slatoff, was an abstract painter, art professor, Dean of Men and Chairman of the Art Department at California State University Hayward as well as professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where Christopher became his assistant. Slatoff followed in his father’s artistic footsteps, however, he chose sculpting as his passion.
Slatoff studied in both the United States and France, ultimately earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from California State University, Long Beach—and subsequently, exhibiting his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions with prestigious U.S. galleries, museums and universities. Slatoff is known for his extraordinary ability to capture the physical form with all the depth of human emotions. “The profound emotional impact that Chrisotpher Slatoff’s work exudes reaches the visceral meaning of life itself,” says Elaine Adams, Director of American Legacy Fine Arts.
Among his significant public art commissions are Sheltering Wings for the San Diego Port Commission at Shoreline Park in Coronado, and seven monumental sculpture projects in Japan, Holland and the Canary Islands. Pepperdine University commissioned Slatoff in 2010 to create a life-size bronze of university founder George Pepperdine; and in 2011 the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels selected Slatoff to sculpt a unique work to commemorate Cardinal Roger Mahony’s 25 years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Slatoff chose to depict the Cardinal’s patron saint, Joseph, and his loving relationship with a four-year-old Jesus, titling the bronze, Adoption.
In 2012 Slatoff created his emotional depiction of a 7-foot Crucifix for Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center—modeling the image of Christ as if still alive on the cross. The bronze is suspended 25 feet above the Altar, adding increased impact to an already powerful image. Most recently, he unveiled a commission of the University of Southern Californa’s founder, Judge Robert Maclay Widney. The Sculpture, an 8-foot bronze, stands at the foot of the Widney Alumni House. Also noteworthy is that Slatoff is the official sculptor of the Via Dolorosa Society, for which he is sculpting 60 life-sized figures to be cast in bronze and installed at Mission San Luis Rey in San Diego County. His Pieta can be seen at the Mission San Diego and at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena where Slatoff is an Artist in Residence and teaches at their summer programs in Orvieto, Italy.
In 2007 the world-renowned author Ray Bradbury began collaborating with Slatoff to create a sculpture depicting Bradbury’s real-life boyhood recollection of his father carrying him home from the circus. The sculpture, Fr. Electrico (The Illustrated Man), has received wide acclaim and a documentary is under production about the making of the heroic-size 8-foot version of the sculpture. In 2008, Slatoff was awarded the coveted Gold Medal for Best Sculpture, selected by his artist peers at the California Art Club’s 97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art for his work, Fr. Electrico (The Illustrated Man). Christopher Slatoff teaches sculpture at The Getty Museum, California State University, Long Beach and Art Center at Night at Art Center College of Design. Christopher Slatoff is a Sculptor Member of the California Art Club and Chairman of the Sculpture Committee.