Born in Missoula, Montana in 1982, Christian Ives is a contemporary oil painter and live performer. He achieved his two BFA’s in Art Education and Studio Art from the Montana State University in 2007. During that time, he studied painting and drawing in Italy and Wales, where his style of art became more expressionistic and slightly more abstract. He continued studying and working on paintings with artists while living in Portland, Oregon for several years, and continued traveling around Europe and the US to study art. Currently Christian lives in Missoula, where he works on larger oil paintings and paints live with local band Monks on Fire.