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Hoboken Girl {of the Week}: Christina Assuncao of Xina Paints

by Jennifer Tripucka
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Local artist Christina ‘Xina’ Assuncao started her professional painting career as a print designer for Ralph Lauren. After 5 years, Christina left the fashion world to build something bigger, with a lasting impression. Her mission: to transform spaces through art into inspiring places to grow, learn, and teach. Christina runs Xina Paints, a large scale art company based out of Hoboken & NYC.

Xina Paints has completed projects for Fortune 500 companies, famous art galleries, and private clients. She’s a pretty impressive Hoboken girl, that’s for sure…which is why we named her our first March 2016 Hoboken Girl of the Week!

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Of course, we had to ask her our HG of the Week Qs…you know the deal. So without further ado, here’s Christina {or should we say Xina?}:

What is your favorite restaurant in Hoboken?


Zafra! The food is amazing, the staff is wonderful, and if you bring a bottle of wine, they’ll make you the most amazing Sangria! Their yucca fries and media noche sandwiches are my weakness.

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What is your favorite boutique in Hoboken?

Cornerstone Pets! I have a chubby yellow lab named Sherman, and we can’t walk by without going in and seeing what new toys and treats they have. The staff is also so sweet!

What do you love most about Hoboken?


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There is so much to love! I love that everything is walkable. I love the community, that you cannot leave your apartment without running into 10 people you know. I love how dog friendly it is. And I love how green it is for a city. I love strolling down Bloomfield and Garden. The list is endless.

How long have you lived and/or worked in Hoboken?

I’ve lived in Hoboken for just over three years. Both myself and my other half, John, are small business owners here and we can’t imagine being anywhere else!

What is your favorite outdoor place to spend time in Hoboken?

Elysian park

^The beautiful Elysian Park

EASY! The Stevens Institute Lookout. I love to walk my dog through Elysian Park and then up through Stevens. Everyday we sit out on the lookout and watch as Hoboken and NYC start their days. I also love to get take out and have dinner up there on the Adirondack chairs.

What is your favorite place to workout in Hoboken?

Hudson River CrossFit. I am super addicted to HRCF. The community is amazing, the workouts change everyday so I never get bored (and they’ll kick your butt into next week), and the coaches are fantastic! It is also a super dog- and baby-friendly place, which I adore.

Where do you go out with friends in Hoboken?

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I love going to Bin 14 for a glass of wine, their back patio is so beautiful and cozy, especially this time of year. I also love the cocktails at the new La Isla uptown, a mojito and a cuban sandwich.. dreamy.

What is something you think needs to come to Hoboken?

More parking? ha! If that can’t be done, I’d say artwork! I’d love to see see some more murals and colorful outdoor artwork around our parks, schools and the waterfront. Also, a Trader Joes would be nice! {We’d have to agree!}


Interested in seeing some of Christina’s work? You’re in luck. Head down to Boutique Realty in their Red Bank location for the opening party of her “Navesink” Art Collection, which is her take on growing up DTS. She was raised in Monmouth County, and during that time, Xina was inspired by maps, nautical charts, and old sailboats. These inspirations are visible in “Navesink” — her beautiful 10-piece collection that celebrates life on the water. The event is April 9th from 5-11PM and April 10th from 11am-5pm {Boutique Realty, 16 West Front Street in Red Bank, NJ}.

For more info or to see her work, follow Christina on IG: @xina_paints

Want to be featured as Hoboken Girl of the Week? Email us and share your {or a HG-of-the-week-worthy-girl’s} story!

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