In 1936, Christopher Lantz was born in Santa Fe’s La Fonda Hotel where his parents were both artists in residence. As a child he grew up in such varied environs as Santa Fe, Guadalajara Mexico, and the streets of New York City. During his unusual childhood, he came in contact with many artists, including the poet Witter Bynner, Frieda Kahlo, and later even made a habit of stopping in for coffee in Jackson Pollock’s studio, where he would watch Pollock dripping paint on his famous canvases for hours on end.
As a young man, Christopher was more interested in music. Christopher composed his first symphony at the age of 16. This symphony was later performed for Igor Stravinsky when Christopher was 19 and studying under Milton Babbitt. By the time he was 23, he had conducted his own symphonies with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He currently holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a PhD in acoustical physics from Stanford University. He has composed and conducted both his own and others’ contemporary and classical music in the United States and Europe.
During the 1970’s Christopher Lantz began incorporating color and abstract painting into his musical scores in an attempt to solve the two dimensional limitations of traditional music. By the 1980’s, he had expanded his ‘art scores’ technique to the degree that traditional notation was no longer incorporated. Christopher Lantz has returned full circle to painting works of art which are free from any notational significance, yet still retain the sense of timbre, rhythm, texture, and melody of music.
Christopher’s current paintings are composed of purely contemporary visual forms. With the loss of one eye, the painting size had to be reduced in size for the artist to view his work.