Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and currently living in Stockholm, Sweden, Christopher Williams acquired a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from the Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He currently works as a Creative Arts Therapist and Visual Artist, using expressive modalities such as art, music, drama and movement within special education, rehabilitation and psychiatric settings.
Christopher has a personal passion to develop the Arts as a form of therapy within Sweden and its neighboring countries. He has exhibited his work internationally and collaborated with several brain injury programs to allow the Arts to transform human connect and engage in positive communication. Christopher has exhibited Internationally and has collaborated with several charity organisations to assist in building self-esteem, self-image and enhance the quality of life of other disabled individuals. He has also single-handedly developed and implemented Arts in education programs to assist International educational development right here in Stockholm, Sweden.
“To create Art is something extraordinary. To experience the power of intrinsic motivation and the subsequent impact it can have on a life… I have always, even in my youth, embraced what art can cultivate as both a form of expression and communication. It is particularly appropriate to note that there is no such thing as a solitary endeavour on the journey of becoming.”
In 1987, I was diagnosed with refractory epilepsy as the result of a non-malignant brain tumour. Over time, the seizures dramatically increased in frequency and intensity. The hospital became a second home, and school became more of a torture chamber than a foundation for educational pursuit.
I soon began to gasp the idea that my love for the arts can be a cure for my shattered life and seemingly eternal suffering, I became more devoted to my studies of the arts. I strengthened my ability to map out a composition visually and musically. It is there that I developed a diverse avenue of signature artistic styles, such as photo-realism, colorism, fantasy art, stippling illustrations, and others.
Throughout this journey, I never underestimated that the only thing getting me through my exhausting battle with epilepsy was my ability to project my emotions into my art. As I continued with critical examination of my craft, I learned that art had been used for centuries as a therapeutic tool, and realised it had become my therapeutic intervention.