Chris Corales Memorial
Chris Corales 1969-2018
It is with profound sadness that we share the sudden passing of our dear friend Chris Corales, an extraordinarily gifted artist, a loving husband and father, and an overall generous and genuine human being. Chris’s art, born from found, antiquated and discarded materials took on remarkable new life teeming with poetic possibilities. He continually showed us incredible meaning and beauty in what was regularly cast aside or overlooked. His art helped him travel throughout his life, touching many creative communities from Pinole, CA where he grew up, to San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, and finally to Toronto, Ontario where he settled and began a family with his wife Adelina Vlas and their son Nikola (Niko). There was a purity to Chris, a heightened sensitivity which provided deep insight and strength that seems to exists less and less in this world...as well as an infectious smile and excellent taste in music.
Chris’s passing has left a deep void in many of the artistic communities he took part in, most especially with his friends and family. We would like to come together and help celebrate his life, as well as support his wife and young son through this difficult time. After a private family service today in Toronto, memorials are being planned for June in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
In order to help facilitate these gatherings, plus provide future support for the family to weather unexpected expenses that come from sudden loss, we have created this fundraiser to help Chris’s friends and family find solace through the love and support of our amazing community. It is our hope to pay forward the generosity and compassion Chris regularly displayed to others throughout his tragically short life.
If you wish to browse his latest showings or purchase his work, here are links to his pages at both Gregory Lind Gallery and Fleisher/Ollman.
It’s been now a month since Chris’s death and the reality of his loss is starting to sink in for Niko and I. Every day is a new challenge and we are doing our best to face it.
We look forward to seeing and meeting as many of you as possible in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Please know that your thoughts have been sustaining us every day. We feel your love and we count on it to help us through these difficult times.
Niko and I are also grateful for your financial support which in the short-term will enable us to travel and participate in the memorials, and in the long-term will help us find our footing in this new reality.
We send you our love and gratitude,
Adelina and Niko
Getting GFM money to someone outside the US was proving to be a bit of a challenge (long story), so we decided the best way was to have Chris' mother, Janet, be the one to send Adelina the funds you have all raised for this.
I am very grateful for Janet (and her husband, Clay) for being willing to provide the solution to this problem. If anyone has any questions whatsoever re: this, please feel free to contact me.
We want to let everyone know that the dates of the memorials in Philadelphia and San Francisco have been set:
Sunday June 10th at 4pm
1216 Arch St. Flr 5a
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sunday June 17th at 3pm
3030 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Please contact me through this site for any additional information about the memorials.
Chris will forever be in our hearts.
Thank you everyone for your incredible generosity and support.
When Scott and I started this, to be honest I had no idea what to expect, but frankly this has gone beyond my expectations. I'm humbled, and joyous.
Thank you to each and every one of you for the donations, for sharing this, for the love and concern being shown for Chris' family.
After a bit of time has passed, I will get a statement from Adelina on her current situation, and her plans. Feel free to contact me though this site if you have any questions whatsoever. More to come soon
THANK YOU, SO MUCH.