Public Mosaics by Kristina Young seen at Ca’ Momi Osteria, Napa, Napa - ‘Athena’ Mosaic Pizza Oven
Public Mosaics by Kristina Young seen at Ca’ Momi Osteria, Napa, Napa - ‘Athena’ Mosaic Pizza Oven

‘Athena’ Mosaic Pizza Oven

This mosaic was installed on an Acunto Napoli pizza oven for Italian clients who were opening a new restaurant in downtown Napa. It is in the center of the open kitchen where guests can watch Chef Dario create and cook their dinner one pizza at a time.

They wanted a red octopus on the oven, to represent the sea and the opposing forces of water and fire. The octopus was also an important symbol for the clients, to show the many people involved and deep passion for their work in food and drink (they also make wine and beer) all connected at the center by love and family.

The mosaic surface is 60sf and we used over 20,000 tiles to create the image. I selected a number of different kinds of tile - glass, ceramic and smalti (a traditional Italian mosaic material) to achieve the layered shading and complex patterning on the octopus’ skin.

While working on this project, I read "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery and learned so much about these incredibly smart and myterious creatures.

Meet the Creator

Kristina loves to collaborate on site-specific murals and mosaic installations. By working with each client to personalize the imagery, color palette and composition for each project, she creates customized work for private residences, commercial venues and public spaces.

The Backstory
Originally from the East Coast, Kristina grew up splitting her time between the US and Canada, where her extended family still lives. She received her BFA in Painting from Richmond College in London. She went on to study art history at University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and illustration and design at California College of the Arts (San Francisco).

Since 2000, when she settled in California, she dove into work as an arts advocate and eventually as Executive Director at Arts Council Napa Valley, elementary school art teacher, gallery manager and curator.

During this time, she also kept a working studio and showed her work in numerous exhibitions throughout the Bay Area. Her work is represented in the di Rosa collection (Napa) among many other private collections. Today, she continues to create paintings, mosaics and large-scale murals for private and commercial clients while maintaining her commitment to arts advocacy on the local level as Curator for the City of Napa’s ARTwalk sculpture program and Chair of the Public Art Steering Committee for the City of Napa.

Available for commission/custom work