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A. Christa Barry Floum
nee A. Christiana Columba


A. Christa Barry Floum was born just six years after the death of her genetic precursor, Claude Monet and spent her first eight years breathing the same artistic air as her other guide in her art life, Paul Klee. Each can be seen engendered in her work throughout her long career through her own revolutionary art contribution to the world's great search in painting and the plastic arts are apparent in her fearless explorations beyond even these two masters.
Born in Milan, Italy in the Fascist turmoil then engulfing the Old World not more than five hundred feet from the Castello Sforzesco and Michelangelo's last Pieta, to an aristocratic family she showed an early and persisting talent in drawing and later painting particularly with the use of colored pencils and pastels which she had amalgamated into much of her work. Many of her later paintings, watercolors, pastels and even prints incorporated the use of her beloved colored pencils.
Immigrating after the war with her mother and two sisters and one brother to Atlantic City, New Jersey as her mother became a war bride after the death of her father, she spent the next ten years in little theater and then taking private lessons in painting from a local artist, Hilda Robins, and marrying and having a child named Lorraine. It was not a happy union and she soon divorced and moved to Philadelphia, PA where she met her current husband of almost fifty years, Robert Floum. He was a newly minted artist himself and soon discovered her incredible talent.
In 1967 she started her professional career by entering Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the oldest and most prestigious art school in the country with the sponsorship of Hobson Pittman, Lou Sloan, Leon Kelly and Marshall Glaisser, four internationally known artists and studied for five years and subsequently received her high school diploma and her Bachelors degree in the fine arts at the same time. She then moved on to the University of the Arts and received her Masters of Fine Arts two years later.
During this time she conceived her beloved son, Steven Andrew, now Steven Andrew Floum, MD, married Theresa Lieu and later gave Christa her three grandchildren, Ashley, Nichol and Mathew. Additionally she had been gifted by her older daughter, Lorraine, with her beloved grandson, Ryan Mitzel.
All through this very busy life she continued to produce many works of art, a sample having been shown in a one woman show in Long Beach, CA from August 1-31, 2011. She had won many prizes, particularly at the Academy of Fine Arts shows both local and international and is represented in collections in from Philadelphia, New Jersey to Italy and Japan. She worked up until her death producing new and revolutionary work in her little studio in San Pedro, CA. Impressionist Claude Monet date of death is December 5, 1926
Post Impressionist Paul Klee date of death is June 29, 1940

Christa, like Dylan Thomas, had the motto:
"We will not go gently into that good night".


Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 1, 2011
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