Painter and teacher, born in Glasgow. He attended the School of Art there, 1961–3, then moved to London to take up a postgraduate course at Central School of Art, 1963–6. He went on to become head of fine art at Chelsea School of Art. A Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Bursary awarded in 1966 enabled Cina to travel in America for several months, where the work of artists such as Barnett Newman and Frank Stella made a major impression. Over the following years his work was to pass through a series of phases, with influences from Surrealism and Pop Art. A notable series was the MH paintings of the 1970s where a unified surface is crossed by thin vertical and angled lines. The careful arrangement of colours and forms in a Cina picture can give it a lively surface, similar to the work of the Russian artists Kandinsky and Malevich.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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