patch of weeds along a busy road or city sidewalk often escapes
attention, yet close-up these 'urban wilds' demonstrate an amazing
variety of shapes, colors, textures, and patterns.
Christos Hamawi is
professional artist born and raised in Massachusetts.
His work revolves around the beauty, defiance, and determination of
nature and the importance of diversity, unity, and community in our
lives. He started painting at the age of 12 while visiting his
Croatian relatives in the Istrian region of western Croatia.
He spent a lot of time along the Adriatic coast,
which is where he first developed a fascination for nature, art,
and history. He
studied art in New York, at Hofstra University,
where he earned a B.A. in Art History, Film, & Fine Arts with studio concentrations in painting, photography, and cinematography.
He worked briefly in the field of film and animation after
college, but quickly redirected his focus back to painting and Fine
Arts. In 2011 he began working with mosaics and started
designing public art projects. From 2012 to 2016 he got
involved in arts education and served as an artist in residence and
instructor for Boston Public Schools, where he involved hundreds of
students in several permanent public art projects. His studio, Bluebrick Studios,
was named after the blue brick walls that lined
his original studio in Boston's South End.
Christos's painting is currently focused on contemporary portraits of nature and unconventional urban landscapes.
paintings, murals, and mosaics
often inspired by grasses, stones, leaves, trees, branches,
wildflowers, 'weeds', and anything green
and growing right through the asphalt in the city. He often finds
his subjects by walking around urban environments and observing how
nature digs its way back in and holds on. He sees endless natural micro-worlds constantly seeding and spreading along every city sidewalk around the globe.
by the obsession to control and contain nature and yet despite all
those efforts, it always finds a way to overcome. "Nature is determined
and defiant. In even the harshest of urban environments you'll
find delicate green shoots crushing right up through concrete,
baked by the hot sun, deprived of water for days on end, and yet
Christos's public art projects are largely community based and centered on
themes that resonate strongly with him: multiculturalism, diversity,
unity, nature and the environment, preservation, and conservation.
You might find
him painting out on the street, working on a public art project, installing artwork in an abandoned retail space, or teaching in a classroom.
currently working on several new paintings as well as new mixed media public art projects.
Christos also just recently completed a 3 year artist in residency
program for the Josiah Quincy School in Boston, where he provided instruction in Art and
through a grant from Edvestors and The Boston Public Schools
Arts Expansion Initiative.
Xtos.net is the domain name used for artwork
that is created, displayed, or installed in the public realm. Xtos is an abbreviation for Christos, using the Greek letter Chi (X) as when spelling the name
Christos's family heritage is primarily Greco-Croatian. His father is a Greek immigrant born and raised in a Greek neighborhood of Khartoum in what was then known as The
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and his mother is a Croatian immigrant born and raised in Zagreb.
His parents met while attending school in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia. His father was studying at Haile Selassie University and
his mother was attending a French school due to her father's assignment as an economic advisor for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. After
his parents married they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts
so his father could attend graduate school at MIT. Christos was born and raised
outside Boston shortly thereafter. His last name, Hamawi,
is the legacy of a distant ancestor (presumably) from Hama,
Syria, a 3000+ year old city with a small Greek Orthodox community.
His most recent Greek ancestors (dating back to the mid-1800's) are from the islands of
Crete, Lesvos, and Serifos and
his Croatian ancestors are primarily from Zagreb and Zagorje.
Public Art Installations, Collections, and Projects
Quincy School & Community Center, Boston MA: "Community
Fabric" Glass Mosaic
Mural. Spring 2016
Quincy School & Community Center, Boston MA: "Patterns of Diveristy" Ceramic/Mixed Media Mosaic
Mural. Fall 2015
- Boston City Hall: "Inner Strength" Oil on Canvas 6ft x 3 ft. Permanent Collection, 5th floor
- Boston Children's Hospital: "Feeling Grounded" Acrylic on
Maple Panel 6ft x 3ft. Permanent Collection, Main Entrance
- Northampton Square, Boston MA: "Natural Distractions"
A Selection of Custom Prints Permanent Collection,
Jook Sing Cafe, Boston MA: "Golden Bamboo" 25ft long Mural in
Chinatown Winter 2015
Quincy School & Community Center, Boston MA: "Dragon of the Earth" Mosaic
Sculpture. Spring 2014
Quincy School & Community Center, Boston MA: "The Living Seasons" Mosaic
Mural. Fall 2013
Elementary School, Hyde Park Boston MA: "Natural Portals" Acrylic on Steel Panels Fall 2012
Westin Copley Hotel, Boston MA: "Rising Above" 75ft+ Mural
for corporatate hallway Spring 2010May
Art Commission: Public/Street Art Project "Urban Wilds" Copley
Square Fall 2009
Art Commission: Public/Street Art "Urban Renewal" Summer St. (Downtown)
Art Commission: Public/Street Art "Urban Oasis" Mass Ave &
Harrison (South End) Spring 2009
Exhibitions and Showings
Art Windows" - Exhibition of nature paintings in Downtown Crossing. Boston, MA.
Spring 2010 to Fall 2014
Distractions" Solo exhibition of nature paintings. Arclinea Boston
"SoWa Art Walk - Open Studios" Boston, MA May 2004, 2005, 2009
Community Health Men's Event" 2003, 2005, & 2006, 2010 Boston,
MA (silent auction)
"Boston Artists" Legacy
Gallery Boston, MA 2004-2005 (Consignment Artist)
Cyclorama Boston, MA 2004 (group show)
Assembly Required" Courtyard Gallery Boston, MA May 2004 (group
Dog and Pony Show" Courtyard Gallery Boston, MA February 2004
Art Show" Courtyard Gallery Boston, MA December 2003
Location" ICA New Group / Vita Brevis Foundation. The Institute
of Contemporary Art Boston, MA February 2003
Feast" Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA December, 2002 (group show)
End Open Studios" Boston, MA 2001-2004 & 2009
Press, and Honors
- WBUR / NPR Radio Feb. 4th, 2014 "Lessons From The Classroom: Visual
Arts At The Josiah Quincy School
Nov. 22, 2013 Quincy Elementary School unveils �Living Seasons�
State Banner June 29, 2013 "Gardner Pilot Academy raises money
to support school art programs"
End News May 8, 2013 "South End artist brings antiquity to youth"
(Living Seasons Mosaic Mural)
for the Arts - Boston Public Schools/ Josiah Quincy School, 2012
- Boston, MA
End News "Speaking up for urban nature" Westin Copley Mural and
Urban Wilds Series. June 2, 2010
Works Magazine "Out of the Ordinary " January 2010
New England Magazine "letter from the editor" (Public Art Projects)
Week National News Magazine "It Wasn't All Bad" Copley Paintbox
- Oct. 30, 2009
Globe - "Make more of the city a canvas for artists" Oct. 22,
2009 (Letters to the Editor)
Globe - "Painting Outside The Box" Copley Paintbox- Oct. 15, 2009
- Boston Courant "...Signal Box Plans" Sept. 11, 2009
Today "Getting to Know Your Neighbors - South End" August 24,
Globe "Style Spy - "Arclinea's Art in Design" August 1, 2008
Bostonian July 25 - 28th Impulses - Museums and Galleries, Exhibition
Homes July 26 - August 1, 2008 "Art in the Kitchens"
England Blade "Articles of Nature" June 18, 2008
Globe "A study in comfort, no clutter in sight" August 2, 2007
Newsweekly "BSC Opening" January 18, 2006
Media March 2004 "The Dog and Pony Show" - Review
Globe May 23, 2004 "Today, SoWa's out in the open"
- Boston Courant "Gateway Gala" March 28, 2005
Weekly Dig "Sowa Art Walk" May 2004
- South End News (Boston) "Stacy Bueschel's Courtyard Gallery" Dec.
Record Recognition from Rep. Peter King (NY) May 4th, 1994
Artist in Residence / Teaching
Artist at Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Chinatown Boston
Artist at Gardner Pilot Academy, Boston May 2013
Artist at Mountview Middle School, Holden MA Febrary 11, 2010
Square Neighborhood Assoc. Board Member, Volunteer Artist, and
Graphic Designer 2004 - 2015
Redevelopment Authority: Harrison/Albany Corridor Advisory Panel
(SoWa Arts District) 2009-2012
Avenue, Boston - Reconstruction Task Force Member 2005 - 2010
Community Health "Men's Event" art donor and/or art installation
volunteer Boston MA 2003 - 2012
of the South End, Boston: Cookbook Illustration 2005, 2006 (for
Sports Club T-Shirt Design for new South End Location 2006 (to
help support Washington Gateway)
Gateway Main Street, Boston: Neck Ties Event Artwork Donation
2005, 2006, 2011, & 2012
- SoWa Art Walk, Boston - Founding Member and Art Walk Poster Designer
for 2004, 2005