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 had solo and two-person exhibitions at The Painting Center in New York, Kai Matsumiya Gallery in New York, Boston Design Center in Boston, Massachusetts, dberman gallery in Austin, Texas and Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Group exhibitions in New York City include shows at The Painting Center, Park Place Gallery, Blackburn 20/20, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brian Morris Gallery and GRG gallery, in Massachusetts at Drive-By Projects, Geoffrey Young Gallery and Sampson Projects Gallery, and in Texas at The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, dberman Gallery and Conduit Gallery. His work is in the flat files of Pierogi Gallery, New York and 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” at the Teckningsmuseet (Museum of Drawings) in Laholm, Sweden. Since 2016 he has taught painting and drawing as Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Boston Art Department. In the spring of 2021 he joined The Painting Center in New York City as a member.