Christina Lihan is an artist creating architectural reliefs by intricately hand cutting paper. Formally trained as an architect, she has turned her talents from the built form to sculpting paper into architecture. Her works are sculptural, three-dimensional reliefs of skyscrapers, cityscapes, historic buildings, and European and American landmarks. She carves, cuts, scores, bends and folds watercolor paper by hand to form facades that come alive with shadows, texture, light and details.
Ms. Lihan received her Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and went on to get her Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University in N.Y.C. She has done architectural internships in London, Italy and Paris. Upon graduating from Columbia she received a fellowship to study in Czechoslovakia where she studied socialist housing. These buildings influenced the way Ms. Lihan looked at building facades, the repetitive, monotonous rhythm of hundreds of soviet-built housing “cities”. Moving to Paris for two years to work as an architect, she reveled in the wealth of historic architecture of the city.
Through her time living in N.Y.C., London, Paris, San Francisco, Italy and South Florida, Ms. Lihan has gained an architecturally rich palette of experiences that influence her work. Her exhibits have been in the Design District in Miami and in midtown Atlanta. She is part of architects’ and private collections in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Manhattan and San Francisco.