Cristina was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1976 where she lived briefly before moving to Moscow, then Paris. She received a DESS degree (equivalent to master’s degree in English-speaking systems) in International Relations/Political Prospective from Paris V University (while also spending time in New York and London). She is a cultural explorer, journalist, art critic, and entrepreneur. She co-founded Pipeline contemporary art magazine in Hong Kong in 2011 and was its Editor-in-Chief until its closure in May 2016.
After working as a strategy consultant for a communication agency in Paris, she moved to Asia as a Tour Leader with the Australian small adventure tour company, Intrepid, where she led cultural tours in China (from the Silk Road to Sichuan to Tibet), Mongolia, Russia, but also Vietnam, Cambodia, and Central Asia. She moved to Beijing in 2005 and volunteered at the second edition of the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF) in 798 art district as artist liaison and the occasional light engineer.
Her experience as an art exhibition organiser also includes producing and creating a participatory public art installation Sense Your Way (as an artist) in Chaoyang district Beijing and working in a gallery in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2009. As a writer, she has visited and written about multiple exhibitions in Asia (from all the regional fairs and biennales in Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, and Jakarta) and in Europe (Basel, Barcelona, Prague, Berlin, Kassel, Venice, London, Paris, and Lisbon). Her area of specialty is contemporary art with an edge for the under-covered, emerging practices, and photography. She currently writes for Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, and Ocula, among others titles.
Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva was the writer in residence in Altos de Chavón in 2017.