Christopher Schade was born in Austin, Texas and was raised in Austin and in Quirihue, Chile.  Schade received his Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Texas at Austin in Plan II Honors Humanities and Studio Art in Painting and then received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University.  Upon graduation he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
He has scheduled solo exhibitions at The Painting Center and Park Place Gallery in 2020.  His previous solo and two-person exhibitions include Kai Matsumiya Gallery in New York, Boston Design Center in Boston, Massachusetts, dberman gallery in Austin, Texas and Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas.  In March of 2020 he will be in a group exhibition Love Match curated by Beth Kantrowitz and Kathleen O'Hara at Drive-By Projects in Watertown, Massachusetts.  Previous group exhibitions in New York City include shows at Blackburn 20/20, The Painting Center, Park Place Gallery, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brian Morris Gallery and GRG gallery, in Massachusetts at Geoffrey Young Gallery and Sampson Projects Gallery, and The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, dberman Gallery and Conduit Gallery in Texas.  His works on paper are in the flat files of Pierogi Gallery, New York and his work is included online in the White Columns' Curated Artist Registry and The Painting Center's Art File Gallery.  His work has been written about in Boston Art Review, Interview Magazine, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Dallas Art Revue, Austin American-Statesman and The Austin Chronicle. 
He is a founder of the Artist Lecture Series in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and has curated numerous group shows most recently “Prime Matter” which was up until January of 2016 at the Teckningsmuseet (Museum of Drawings) in Laholm, Sweden.  In the fall of 2016 he joined the University of Massachusetts Boston Art Department as an Assistant Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.