Christopher Oakley was born in Illinois, the son of an artist and a model. Though his mother painted as a hobby, Christopher’s father painted as a vocation while working as an art director and set designer for a television station in Chicago. A self-taught artist, Christopher created his first painting at age 11 and continued to paint and sculpt throughout his high school and college years. He also taught himself the art of animation and worked his way through graduate school at Columbia University as a stop-motion animator and director. In addition to countless television commercials, Christopher directed and animated two seasons of the “Penny” cartoons on TV’s Pee-wee's Playhouse.

At Walt Disney Feature Animation in the 1990s Christopher spent four years as an animator on the groundbreaking computer-animated film Dinosaur and another year helping to animate Genie from Aladdin in CG for an attraction in Disneyland Tokyo. He subsequently worked on CG character animation for DreamWorks’ Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Warner Bros.' Scooby Doo, and Sony’s Stuart Little 2 and Men In Black II.

Christopher was then recruited to raise the quality of animation in games at EA (Electronic Arts) Games in Los Angeles. While there, Christopher was a Lead Animator on the Medal of Honor games.

Throughout his animation career Christopher managed to find time to hone his painting, photography, and sculpting skills. In 2006, Christopher left EA to concentrate full-time on his art. He can be found every day in his studio, singing along to his iPod or listening to downloaded political and historical audio books as he celebrates his freedom to create works of art.

Christopher and his partner of over 20 years, Bruce Steele; his mother, Hannelore; and two cats recently moved from Los Angeles to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina.