Chris Taylor was born in Tehran, Iran and moved and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Madrid Spain, Manila, Philippines, Muscat, Oman, Mexico City, Mexico, Brussels, Belgium, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras all before he was twenty. His work is a product of these experiences. It is best characterized by exercise in social practice in an attempt to find a critical way of working that engages wider audiences and situations beyond just art institutions, as a method for the dissemination of ideas and as a political statement.
From learning to blow glass upside down to reproducing a 16th century Venetian goblet, who’s technique was lost for over five hundred years, and then planting it in a cabinet next to the original in the collections room of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, he exploits the friction generated within a material and process that is a product of convention, tradition and history.
Chris has been awarded numerous awards, fellowships and grants from the National Endowment of The Arts, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation on the Arts and Rhode Island School of Design. He has been an artist in residence at the Glasmuseum in Ebeltoft, Denmark, The Tacoma Museum of Glass Tacoma, WA., Kitengela Glass Nairobi, Kenya, Shandong University of Arts and Design Jinan City, Peoples Republic of China, Nagoya University of Art Nagoya, Japan, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Chris has exhibited his work at prominent non-profit galleries including ArtSpace in New Haven, CT, Artists Space, New York, NewYork, Exit Art, New York, NY and Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.