Christian Alderete was born in Covina, California on August 9, 1979 to parents Elisa and Arthur. He is the middle son of five children in a family that was established in Boyle Heights and later moved to Monterey Park when Christian was young. While living here, Christian attended private, Catholic schools for eleven out of the first twelve years of his schooling.
As an artist, Christian made his start as a graffiti artist at the age of fourteen. It was because of various laws that were changed and his graduation from high school, that Christian needed to find a new medium to express his art, so he applied as an artist intern for a non-profit organization in Hollywood. He worked there for four years and made his way to lead artist/community coordinator/agricultural coordinator.
After September 11, 2001, the economy took a downturn and grants for art related projects saw a decrease in their numbers. Despite this, ELACAMP was established in 2002 to beautify the community through murals, community events, tree plantings and neighborhood gardens. Christian played and still plays a big role in the doings of ELACAMP as it continues to spread aesthetic pleasure throughout Southern California.
Prior to high school and through May 2010, Christian attended multiple community colleges before being accepted into The Roski School of Fine Art at the University of Southern California. His emphasis for his upcoming university studies is painting and he plans to graduate in three years and obtain a degree to compliment his artistic talents.
As for his artwork, Christian mostly taught himself various techniques and disciplines. It was not until he was at community colleges that he took some formal art classes. Throughout his years, he has painted over five dozen murals in Los Angeles County and has obtained awards and recognition from Gloria Molina, Disney and Mayor Villaraigosa as well as countless schools in the Los Angeles area. Christian also obtained Neighborhood and Enrichment Mural Program Grant in Pasadena in the year 2009, Beautification Grant in Los Angeles in the year 2008.
Christian plans to expand his art and utilize his talents to help the community and give beauty to those around him. His admission to USC is just one testament of his hard work, talent and dedication and he plans to use these things to optimize his artwork.