Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist and writer. Through unconventional ways of seeing the world, social justice, queer counterculture, and punk rock, Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect. Her obsession with making art [and her emotions] publicly accessible began in her hometown of Miami, FL, 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, Chartpak markers, acrylic paint, Gel Pens, white-out, (and sometimes Photoshop). Today Road works as a freelance illustraor, aside from her personal goals in art and publishing. Taking both writing and visual elements a step more seriously, her diagram of lifestyles and beliefs remain in tune to the Greenzine’s foundations.
Road graduated from the the Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration. Although, at a private art school in a red state, she was fairly infamous, as the teenage punk feminist who changed her name to a Green Day song and spent most of her time protesting the representation of gender and race in art, fudging assignments for the sake of organizing demonstrations, or working on Green'zine, on the Greyhound (or in the closet). Now, Road has over ten years of independent publishing under her belt, along with years of creating countless illustrations for a slew of magazines, record albums, event posters, and social justice organizations. Aside from creating art; Road has been providing lectures on her experience as an artist and author since first touring with her art in 2005. Having toured nationally and internationally on her own, with Sister Spit: The Next Generation (an all queer spoken word performance tour), and Race Riot! (A national tour hosted by The People of Color Zine Project, and various zine writers), she has cultivated a performance trajectory with a consistent show of defiance. She performs at bookstores, record stores, music venues, basements, college campuses, and beyond. Her most recent notable presentations have been held at The New Museum, The Latina Health Summit, Fed Up Fest: Chicago's Queercore Fest, La Mama Theatre, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Hampshire College, University of Illinois, and Evergreen State College.
In early 2006, Road released her first illustrated novel, INDESTRUCTIBLE (Microcosm Publishing), a 96-page narrative about high school; and has gone on to publish a collection of postcards entitled DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK (Microcosm Publishing, 2007), BAD HABITS (Soft Skull Press, 2008), an Illustrated story about the routes one takes when healing from an abusive relationship, and SPIT AND PASSION (Feminist Press, 2012), a coming-out memoir about Cuban identity, Green Day, and living in the closet. 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.
FED UP FEST Queercore Festival and Art Exhibit
Friday, July 24-
Sunday, July 26
@Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Chicago IL
FUF is a 3-day all ages, DIY Music and Workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. Ill be showing work at the Art Exhibit! For more info please visit fedupfestchicago.tumblr.com/ and their event page on Facebook.
ABC NO RIO ZINE LIBRARY BENEFIT
Monday, August 17
@ABC No Rio 156 Rivington St, New York, NY
Music by Aye Nako and Try The Pie, Zine reading by Cristy C. Road and more!
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