Christopher Chiappa was born in 1970 in West Chester, PA. He went to the Rhode Island School of Design before receiving a BA from Middlebury College in 1993, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1998. He currently lives and works in Long Island City, NY.
Chiappa held his debut solo exhibition, titled It Feels So Good To Be A Lie, at Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY in 1998. Subsequent solo exhibitions include As Funny as Brain Cancer, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (2000); It’s Much Worse Than You Think, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (2002); High Fructose Corn Syrup, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2010); Gott Ist Tot, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2012); and Christopher Chiappa: Hermit Crab, Isolation Room/Gallery Kit, St. Louis, MO (2013); Stasis Horror, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2014-2015); and LIVESTRONG, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2015-2016).
His work has been shown at galleries and institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Museums of Bat Yam, Bat Yam, IL; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, NC; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY; James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Modern Art, London, UK; Modern Collections, London, UK; Exit Art, New York, NY; and François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Chiappa has received reviews in publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Frieze d/e, The L Magazine, Lodown Magazine, ARTNews, and TimeOut New York.