Chris Sainato was born and raised in Albany, NY. He earned a BA in Studio Art from Union College in Schenectady, NY. While there, Chris began his classical training as an artist. Studying under Walter Hatke, Sandra Wimer and Fernando Orellana, Chris developed and refined his talents.
Chris' interest in art was always present. Growing up he was exposed to art through his mother, Lisa, an artist herself. It wasn't until high school though, when he began to channel his interest into creating designs. In 2009, while a senior at The Albany Academy, Chris designed apparel for both the football and lacrosse teams. While there, he also designed the artwork for the Academy hockey goalie, Ben Halford. His experience at the Academy sparked his keen interest in design. Later, Chris would go on to design masks for Colin Stevens at Union College, including the mask worn in the 2014 Division 1 Men's Hockey National Championship in Philadelphia, PA.
Chris' professional career as a graphic design started at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. As an intern, Chris created graphics for both print and web. His work there included house programs, promotional banners, posters, social media graphics, email graphics, event photography and more.
In the Spring of 2014, Chris held his first solo fine art exhibition in The Burns Art Atrium Gallery at Union College. The show, entitled Trademarc, created a narrative between corporate America and the viewer's ability to recognize logos, despite them being reduced to abstract forms. This show merged his love for graphic design as well as fine art. He currently has work in the Spa Fine Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY. Chris continues to fulfill commissions privately.
Now living in Stamford, CT Chris is a Graphic Artist for Vineyard Vines. Chris creates illustrations for Mens and Boys T-Shirts, Neckties, and Hats. Chris is responsible for countless top selling products. His career at Vineyard Vines has extended beyond the mens design team; his photography skills are used on occasion, most recently at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Chris has work on several collaborations collections including America's Cup, Kentucky Derby, Shark Week, and more.