An award-winning illustrator whose work has been featured in such publications as WIRED, Newsweek, The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Harvard Business Review and Field & Stream, Bryan Christie grew up surrounded by his mother’s oil paintings, the smell of turpentine, the constant presence of her artist friends, a deep sense of the spiritual in the natural world and the chaos of our human sensibilities.
A gifted musician, Bryan played saxophone at LaGuardia High School of the Arts, gigged in Manhattan jazz clubs by the time he was 19, and then attended the Manhattan School of Music. Realizing that music was not the medium through which to express his muse, in 1997 he began working at his father’s studio as a scientific/medical illustrator. A year later he took a job as an assistant art director at Scientific American magazine, where he fell in love with science. Witnessing in the editors the same passion he had seen both in his mother’s art and his own music, he started to merge his artistic and scientific pursuits, coming to believe as Einstein did, that “all religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree… directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence …”.
In 2000, Bryan left Scientific American to pursue a freelance career, continuing to define his aesthetic by focusing on the essential structures of the body, and ultimately developing the look of his black and white anatomical work. Today Bryan continues to pursue both his fine art and information graphic art with the same commitment to beauty and innovation. He lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife and children.