Sancho Smalls

Christopher Alexander Smalls

Christopher Smalls was born on the Island of Saint Helena in Beaufort, SC.  Surrounded by the rich Gullah culture and art of the coastal sea islands, Christopher developed an appreciation of the intimacy and instinctual beauty of visual art. He received his Bachelor's in Fine Arts concentrating in Jewelry/Metals at Winthrop University. It was there that his visual interests intersected with fashion and computer-aided design. After graduating, Christopher began his professional career as a fine jewelry designer and also formed C. A. SMALLS Design LLC. Now living in Charlotte, NC he uses photography as a creative conduit to stay connected to his life's purpose as a creator. In every piece, Christopher creates he hopes to find himself within the process and it’s through the presentation of the resulting work that he introduces himself to the viewer. In 2019 Christopher adopted the moniker, Sancho Smalls, which was the name his 4th Great Grandfather and two earlier ancestors.  For him, the name represents an acknowledgment of his ancestry and a future commitment as an artist.

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