Cris Woloszak Fine Art: The Process

Each one-of-a-kind Cris Woloszak work emerges in layers, from the precision machine tooling to the hand-painted details.

Cris’ years as a burgeoning artist were spent immersed in hot rod culture, where he developed an eye for the play of candy paint on metal. This evolved into Cris’ distinctive technique for artwork using metals, glass, and a range of unique media.

Now, as he enters his 15th year in fine art, he does so with an exceptional new collection that showcases his faculty for balancing vivid color with the living qualities of light.

Disney Fine Art

This talent has caught the notice of collectors around the world as well as Disney. Cris has been a licensed Disney Fine Artist for several years, entrusted with creating original collectibles of Disney art. Cris’ work continues to inspire loyal collectors and attract new ones.

Cris’ years as a burgeoning artist
were spent immersed in hot rod culture,
where he developed an eye for the play of
candy paint on metal.

“Aluminations” Metalwork

Cris’ metalwork begins as a trick of the eye. They appear backlit, with patterns swirling under the surface. This effect is the result of the layering techniques Cris has refined over many years.

Cris’s manipulation of metal starts with an untarnished piece of aluminum substrate, which he grinds to achieve his signature sheen. Strategically placed grooves angle the light and create a 3-D reflective effect.

This reflective glow is tinted by gravity-fed layers of transparent candy colors. By using high-end automotive paints atop his well-honed skills in metalworking, Cris is able to create the eye-catching reflective surface that is characteristic of his “aluminations.”

This becomes the background for artwork. Cris hand-paints or airbrushes images from Disney, aquatic life, or his Fire Heart series. The paintings are then clear-coated over many layers and polished to a flawless finish.

Most recently, he has brought this technique to stained glass illusionary and abstract artwork. Under his expertise, he has developed a new way of layering a mixture of glass, lucite, and propriety composites to form a 300-pound block, which is then hand-formed in sections. This intensive but intricate technique gives each sculpture a unique strata pattern and color profile. The result is an expression of the inspiration behind each piece.

Cris’s manipulation of metal starts with an
untarnished piece of aluminum substrate,
which he grinds to achieve his signature sheen.

Jaws of Fire Collection

The Jaws of Fire reflect Cris’ love of marine life. With each meticulously sculpted shark, ray, and fish, Cris hopes to heighten awareness of the beauty of our oceans.

Each sculpture begins as a fiberglass blank. The surface is smoothed by a time-consuming sanding process that often takes all day. This is necessary to ensure that each coat of candy paint lies flawlessly.

Only on a perfectly prepped surface can the design begin. Cris outlines the flame design on each piece by hand, ensuring that each piece is a true original.

Between the base coat and final clear coat, there can be 40 or more layers of paint. This can sometimes take several weeks, especially for detailed commissions from art galleries and individual collectors. This labor-intensive sequence is how Cris achieves the depth and rich candy hues that are sought after in his work.

Transparent candy color is layered over and over, and layers of silver paint or metal flake sparkle from beneath the transparent candies. Multiple layers of clear coat intensify the depth and create a glossy finish that brings the creature to life under ambient light.

“It is this process of love, labor, and light
that has elevated Cris Woloszak’s
custom painting to fine art”.