Christian R Lassen Biography
Artist Christain Riese Lassen has been recognized through out the world for more than 20 years for his unique art and vison. Regarded as the premier marine artist of our time, his majestic paintings inspire appreciation and awareness of Mother Earth. Raised on the island of Maui, the self taught artist and avid surfer found his original influence in nature and from the ocean and has translated this intimate knowledge into enchanting and popular works of art that have brought us closer to marine life than ever before.
"The thing about art and surfing is; a wave is like an empty canvas. I try to so something new and different with each; every time"
Christian was selected by the United Nations as Goodwill Ambassador for 1998, International Year of the Ocean, Mr. Lassen created the painting "Sanctuary" for the United Nations commemorative stamp for "Ocean Preservation". Mr. Lassen has also partnered with the Walt Disney Company incorporating Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, into 3 original Lassen art works and related projects.
Seavison, a non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving the marine environment and wildlife, is of paramount importance to Mr. Lassen stating, "I believe in making a difference through my art. In my work, I seek to act as a messenger, alerting people all over the world to the deterioration of the global environment and to the need for greater understanding and respect for the world’s diverse cultures."
Additionally, Christian Riese Lassen has been recognized on TV, magazines and film, with appearances in Life Styles of the Rich and the Famous, 20/20, Baywatch, CNN, ESPN, Travel Channel and numerous others in the US and in Japan. Mr. Lassen, a published poet, writer and musician, studies the martial arts of Judo and Tae Kwon Do while keeping his surf skills sharp by skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding.