Cristina D’Alberto was born in 1978 and grew up in Domodossola, a small Piedmontese town near the border to Switzerland. The interest in ceramics was born during the last year of art high school in Novara, which led her to attend the course of Ceramist Modeler at the G.I.COVA Foundation in Milan.
In 1999 she moved to Faenza to continue her studies at the Gaetano Ballardini Art Institute where she obtained the Master of Arts and Majolica Art diplomas.
She participates in several group exhibitions in Italy, Germany, France and Austria.
In 2011 she won the First Prize at the international competition Generazione e Rigenerazione tra Coscienza, Conoscenza, Razionalità e Fede and the Presidential Plaque at the 57th Premio Faenza.
In 2013 she took part in the Keramik Symposium in Gmunden in Austria.
Since 2017 she shares the art studio with Daniel Wetzelberger at Deutsch Goritz in southern Styria.
In 2017 she was invited to an artistic residence in Schwäbisch Gmünd in the context of the Gioielli Gemelli jewelry project.
At the beginning of 2019 Cristina joined the Austrian collective SCHMUCKES composed of six contemporary jewelery artists, with whom she shared the Atelier-Galerie Schmuckes in the center of Graz.
She currently lives and works in Faenza, Deutsch Goritz and Graz.
My interest has always been directed towards the phases of the life cycle, towards the time and care needed to “do things well”. But it has also been directed towards the question of containing, of being contained and of what containing means as a function intended to offer a reassuring emotive environment.
The flower is an important element with a strong presence in my work, where it becomes the emblem of life after a long sleep, the reawakening of new and decisive energy, the courage to follow the path of evolution. At the same time, it expresses boldness and vulnerability, the amazing strength of new birth and the beauty of continuity.
In this way, the flower becomes the cell of the shapes it contains, shapes vibrant with an energy empowered to nourish and protect. It becomes a word in a story, a stitch in an embroidery. It is colour when it expresses emotion, it is white in its full luminous potential. And it is precisely for its qualities of whiteness and purity, in fact, that porcelain is my chosen material.
I have been working as a ceramic artist for a long time, mainly using porcelain. Making jewelry for me means using new materials, working in small dimensions, but what I particularly like is that jewels are personal objects, intended for one person only. One day they will be part of the "Private Space" of people.