Chris Trian was born Christopher Triantafyllos in Hollywood, California.  His parents relocated to San Francisco where his father took up painting and his mother wrote short stories.  Chris traveled around Europe during his twenties and eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Painting from San Francisco State University.  Trian’s current work is in the Photo-Expressionistic style (a term he coined).  His process begins with a photograph and then deviates depending on emotional and aesthetic necessity.  Trian currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.