Born in New Orleans and raised in Slidell, Christopher received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and his MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. He returned to New Orleans in 2006, taught a little, exhibited a little, discussed a lot of art, and kept making as many things as he could. As for his studio practice, there is a bit of a ridiculous devotion to craftsmanship. Who else would deem it necessary to build a guitar from scratch so they can learn to play?
Chris has exhibited his work in solo and group show in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Chicago, Atlanta, Mobile, Pensacola and New Orleans. More recently, Deris has had the fortune to collaborate on a couple of large scale sculptural installations in the city: Paper Machine in the Lower Ninth Ward and Minds in the Making at Scale Workspace.