Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist and writer. Blending punk rock, queer counterculture, mental inadequacies, social justice, and occasional perverted bathroom humor- Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect. Her obsession with making art [and her emotions] publicly accessible began when publishing GREEN'ZINE in 1997- a fanzine which was originally devoted to the punk rock group, Green Day. The exclusivity of high art made her uncomfortable, as she fell in love with the xerox machine and the anti-authoritariun intentions of the punk rock community. Eventually, the zine transformed into a manifesto about being a hyper-sexual, queer, Latina, abuse survivor, and her journey towards self-acceptance. Her preferred mediums are Micron Ink pens, Sharpies, Chartpak markers, acrylic paint, and Photoshop. Today Road works as a freelance illustraor, aside from her personal goals in publishing. Taking both writing and visual elements a step more seriously, her visual diagram of lifestyles and beliefs remain in tune to the zine’s foundations.

C. Road graduated from The Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004, (despite many arguments about the representation of race and gender in art). Afterall, she spent most of 2000-2005 investing in political organizing and zine publishing, in various locations throughout the U.S. Since leaving Florida, her repertoire now consists of over ten years of independent publishing, and countless illustrations for a broad slew of magazines, record album art, concert posters, and social justice organizations. Aside from creating art; Road has been performing lectures and instructional workshops surrounding her work and identity in hundreds of settings ranging between The Portland Zine Symposium, The Latina Health Summit, Duke University, and New College of South Florida. Additionally, Road has been performing as part of SISTER SPIT: The Next Generation , an all-queer spoken word road-show.

In early 2006, Road released her first illustrated story, INDESTRUCTIBLE (Microcosm Publishing). It’s a 96-page narrative about her experience as a teenager in Miami, Florida; where Road tackles the themes of being Latina, class, gender dynamics between teens, sexuality, depression, and death; all beneath the topical umbrella of being a queer punk rocker in the mid-90‘s. In 2007 she completed a collection of postcards featuring art from 2001-2007, entitled DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK (Microcosm Publishing). In 2008, Road released BAD HABITS (Soft Skull Press), an Illustrated story about the revelatory and destructive routes one takes when healing from an abusive relationship; in order to reconnect to self. Through a slightly fictionalized autobiographical narrative, Road's protagonist tackles the concepts of reconnecting to her sex organs, stimulant drugs and manic depression, and her psychic connections to the well-being of New York City. Road just released SPIT AND PASSION (Feminist Press), a graphic novel about surviving the pre-teen closet and maintaining her Cuban cultural roots amidst a homophobic society and a newfound love for Green Day. She's currently working on a TAROT CARD DECK with author, Michelle Tea, and her punk rock band THE HOMEWRECKERS. She is a double Gemini and hibernates in Brooklyn, NY with her cat, Miss Chippy.

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QUEER PUNK PRIDE: EAT MY SPONSOR
June 6, 2014
@Silent Barn, 630 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Evade Corporate Pride and sing and dance to local queer punx Girlcrush, Homewreckers, Penguin, Public Hex, Little Waist + Zine Readings with SUZY X & EMMA CATERINE. Tabling with The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Support NY, Brooklyn Transcore & MORE! ALL AGES / 7PM / $5-$10 Sliding Scale.

QUEER PROPHECIES

June 19, 2014
@Sub-Mission Art Space, San Francisco, CA

Debuting at the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Prophesies is a prophetic window, a portal into manifold queer futures. With gender expression holograms, musical visions, and stories of our queer descendants, this is a night of performance and visual art exploring queer futures, utopias, and dystopias that resist assimilation and explore the queer unknown. Featuring work by Lex Non Scripta, San Cha, Cristy C. Road, Annie Danger, Star Amerasu, Nomy Lamm, Moon Ray Ra, and more! For More info visit http://www.queerprophesies.com

Y QUE? EXHIBITION
June 13 - Sept. 8, 2014
@Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

Curated by Mas Rudas Collective, Y QUE? Will exhibit work by young Latino artists. More info to come!

FED UP FEST
July 25 - 27, 2014
@TBA, Chicago, IL

FED UP FEST is a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. More details coming soon! In the meantime, please visit their website at http://fedupfestchicago.org/