Craig Kindel was born in Colorado Springs and raised in Los Angeles as well San Diego, where he currently lives with his wife. As the youngest of five, his creative process began early through observing his artistic mother and musical siblings. "Being the youngest, all my family ever wanted for their birthdays or Christmas was my artwork. I connected making artwork with giving love from the beginning. Today, I teach my students that there's only one way to do art - you give it all, then simply do what you can."
Kindel's painting process is nontraditional and creative: instead of painting directly onto a canvas, he applies oil paint to the back side of a rectangular piece of acrylic glass, reverse glass painting. Thus, he renders his designs in reverse. The final results are paintings whose colors shine through with vibrancy and electricity. Kindel seeks inspiration in myriad subjects, from the local cityscape to the meditative powers of the Buddhist religion. Many of his paintings are also abstract, focusing on the interactions and playful tensions between color and form.
Having successfully mounted over one hundred exhibitions, Kindel has also designed local interiors at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Sally's Seafood Restaurant, Greystone, "E" Street Alley, Portobello, Papa Jack's and many other business and private homes throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, and New York.