“Which Side Are You On?”
New York City
Christopher Cardinale has been working as a muralist and teaching artist since 1996. His first community murals were painted on a fleet of garbage trucks for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon moving to New York City in 2000 he began contributing to the radical political comics magazine, World War 3 Illustrated and shortly afterwards became a lead muralist with Groundswell. Christopher illustrated two books for Cinco Puntos Press, “Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush,” by Luis Alberto Urrea and the award winning, “Which Side Are You On? The story of a song,” by George Ella Lyon. In 2018 he created a three thousand square foot mural for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that focused on breaking down stigma around mental illness. He’s currently working on a graphic novel biography of Dorothy Day, the iconic human rights activist. Christopher continues to collaborate on murals with young men jailed on Rikers Island and students in NYC Public Schools.