Christopher Keene was born in London, Ontario in 1948. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design (R.I.S.D.) where he received his B.F.A. degree and then completed his M.F.A. studies at Syracuse University. He taught at Sheridan College for one year before striking out on his own. His bronze sculpture works have been exhibited in galleries in NYC, Los Angeles, Toronto and the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Larger outdoor bronze sculpture commissions can be seen in Ottawa, Canada and Los Angeles, CA. For several years Chris created stunning visual effects and digital characters for the Walt Disney Company’s feature films divisions in Burbank, California. His work is prominently displayed in several live action and feature animated films including two that were nominated for an Academy Award (Best Visual Effects). Keene returned from LA to Toronto in 2011 to return to his artistic roots, but soon opted for a less hectic pace of city life, to a home in Muskoka where he resides to this day.
As well, foundry costs for bronze sculptures had risen dramatically over the years so Keene turned to acrylic paints on canvas as his creative medium. The abundance of wilderness and animal life around him soon became the driving influence in Chris’ work. Many of the artist’s early paintings display the innocent interaction of wildlife with humans, however currently; his paintings are focused on social issues capturing a grittier reality of life.