ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christina Katrakis is an internationally renown artist. She served as the ambassador of good will in the "Freedom to Create" World Prize Project. Katrakis also works as a producer, art director, director and scriptwriter in a number of documentary films as well as the Hollywood productions. She is a TV personality, anchorwoman and public persona. Katrakis holds the highest terminal degree in arts (MFA), she is a professor of arts and art history, private art collections and museum curator, writer. Katrakis is an international project coordinator and a "Freedom to Create" World Prize winner (Main Prize - commended artist). She is a political, social and cultural advisor and a chief international adviser to the minister of culture.

Christina Katrakis studied in some of the best art schools in Europe and in the U.S. (She holds a terminal MFA degree from University of Memphis, where she taught drawing, figure structure, watercolor and oil painting, Sorbonne in Paris, France and Lorenzo di Medici Academy in Florence, Italy, she also studied at the renowned National Academy of Art of Ukraine.

Trained in the rigorous classical tradition, Christina's artistic gaze blends the old with the new, the immediate and recognizable with the unusual and the ironic. Her art reflects her extraordinary personal and intellectual background, experience. Hence one may encounter a touch of Proustian memory of her formative years (the gritty post-Soviet reality, the ideological divides, and the family moments), the mythic transcendental Mediterranean luminosity of Greece, Italy and the Caucasus, and post-modern if not outright surreal discourse of contemporary American culture.
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Artistic Statement
My career defies convention and in corporates business,thearts,philanthropy and other fields to produce a multi-disciplinary and diverse world-view. I have proven communication and organisational skills,developed in complex environments populated by competing egosandsignificant financial risks. I am seeking opportunities to apply my creative energies to help organisations put their best feet forward and to maximise their opportunities.
    Chief International Advisor of the Minister of Culture (executive, curatorial, managerial activity in all governmental and ministerial international state projects: shows, concerts, cultural exchanges, cinema, education)
      Political Nomination
      Latest Prize Awarded
      "Freedom to Create – The Zone" – prize winner of Freedom to Create World Peace Prize,on the world tour (Egypt, New York, Paris, Bosnia, Chinaetc ), 2011. The position of the ambassador of the good will in the field of culture 2011.

        Workpermits & languages
        Fluentin English
        Greek
        Ukrainian
        Russian and Polish
          Working knowledge
          of Italian and Spanish
            Old languages:
            Ancient Greekand, Old Slavonic.
              Growing up in Europe, I was immersed in the past; living in America I confront modernity. It would appear that I live in the crack between two mutually exclusive worlds: the world of Proustian memory, prescribed canon, rigid formalism, and immutability; and, the world of relativism, eclecticism, mutability, and irreverence to tradition. Yet straddling these two worlds comes natural to me: I am fascinated by the interdependence between the old and the new, between antiquity and modernity, the European and the American, the timeless and the immediate, and the personal and the political.

              I am also intrigued by certain aspects of the post-modern condition: the arbitrary historicizing of the past, compression of the time-space continuum, mythification, sense of fable and play, subjectivism, and irony all inherent in the contemporary cultural milieu.

              I am at once a detached observer and an engaged participant of the world, with its kaleidoscopic images, events, cultural idiosyncrasies, personalities, inherent absurdities and powerful character-molding impressions. My recent art is an excursion into memory, experience and personal sensibility. It comprises of Felliniesque snapshots, often presented in complementary series or tableaux.

              On the one hand these images are immediate, descriptive and even humorous; on the other they are exploratory, introspective and subliminal. They seek to capture the intensity of a moment, a universal condition or a psychological nuance. I'd like to believe that my paintings are like visual Chekhov stories with an edge, little vignettes of reality that may engage the viewer both esthetically and emotionally. Of late, I have also confronted personal loss, pain and brush with tragedy. A fellow artist once said that my art is like a knife plunged into a heart that loves it. I do not think that I myself could describe it any better.

              I address not only the formative memories, images, characters and emotions that shape and define me today but also the prescribed roles that people must play within society. I seek to survey the boundaries imposed by gender, power, sexuality, complex, fantasy, longing and desire. As a woman I choose to uphold a feminist perspective when it comes to gender issues. Yet I grew up in a patriarchal society and was reared as if I were a boy (albeit with imposed girlish sensibilities). I learned to understand and prize the delicate equilibrium between the two colliding polarities, male and female. Mostly I paint people I knew. My rare self-portraits really portray a mental state, feeling, emotion rather than the physical self not unlike the portraits of Khalo.

              Often I find myself questioning and even de-constructing the well established stereotypes and iconic images of our time, including works of art. They shaped me as a person and as an artist, thus it is them that I question and explore. The bulk of my work speaks to the inner child within the adult, that which lies hidden, that which absorbs, processes and translates the experiences, eventually shaping the emotive self.

              I began painting and drawing when I was two years old, and never stopped since. They say we all are artist at two, but some of us "grow up". I believe that a true artist must never lose the child within. Always question, forever search and yarn for more. Art became my voice. Art is my life. It was never a job, it was always a calling. Without it I am but a silent cripple. Through my artwork I cry and mourn, I laugh and breathe. I consider myself a very fortunate individual for I was given a language of zoographos (Greek: the "writer of life" artist). And thus with each new series of works, with each new painting, I continue to map out my life, to write my story, one canvas at a time.
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                EMPLOYMENT
                2020
                President
                Art4changes Charity Project (art4changes.com), USA
                2020
                President & Professor
                Fine Arts, Art History and Art Therapy in Art Market School, USA
                2014 - present
                Coordinator
                The Orion Project–managed a $600 million investment project involving development of the resort, marina, town, community, facilities, retail & investments, island with in an island project, Gran Turksand Caicos Islands.
                2013 - 2014
                Chief Manager
                The Orion Project–managed a $600 million investment project involving development of the resort, marina, town, community, facilities, retail & investments, island with in an island project, Gran Turksand Caicos Islands.
                2014 - present
                Producer
                The Orion Project–managed a $600 million investment project involving development of the resort, marina, town, community, facilities, retail & investments, island with in an island project, Gran Turksand Caicos Islands.
                2011 - 2013
                Various Curatorial Projects
                Forbes Private Collection, Kiev 2013; International Educational Cambridge Scholarship Project; St.Sophia Center & Museum Project, The Vatican; Vornov's Museum of Art ($50 million investment); TEDEx Forum Vatican 2013; Christie's Fine Art Show & Auction, (Moscow, Kiev, London); Andy Warhol Art Show, the private collection of Lord Book at z, London and Kiwi Group, Florida; Private philanthropic projects (Kievshow & presentation) for Mr.Kaplan–the Chair man of the Gentlemen's Night Out Charitable Foundation; Trustee of the Albright Foundation & Ambassador of Special Wishes Foundation, London; "Shine" (Global Chernobyl Fukushima project), Japan–Ukraine
                2010 - 2011
                Owner / Curator
                Katrakis Gallery / Mironova Gallery
                2005 - 2014
                International Co-Curator & Manager of World Fairs
                Art Berlin, 2014; Berlin Alternative Fashion Week, 2014; Art Moscow, 2011; Art Huston, 2011; Art Monaco, 2011; Art Slick Paris, 2010
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                PHILANTROPY
                2020
                President
                Art4changes Charity Project (art4changes.com), USA
                2010 - 2015
                President
                "It's a Small World "Philanthropic & Cultural Foundation, (Europe - USA), main branch in Gdansk, Poland & Chief Curator of the Philanthropic Program of the International Academy of Arts, Milos, Greece. Numerous philanthropic projects with Green peace , UNICEF, Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Children International Heart Foundation (USA), Chernobyl Children International Project (USA), UN Mission, UNEP, UNESCO, St. Jude's (USA), Hope for Haiti (USA), Help for Africa (USA), Maple Hope for Ukraine (Canada), Fight and You Shell Prevail (London), IFAK Fundraiser (Canada), The Waris Now (Canada, London, Berlin), Beautyina Time War (Berlin), Angel of Hope (Ukraine & Greece), No Manis an Island (Ukraine) ,Cooking with Kokkalis (Greece).
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                TEACHING
                2020
                President & Professor of Fine Arts, Art History and Art Therapy in Art Market School, USA
                2014 - 2018
                Professor and President of the International Academy of Arts, Milos, Greece
                2010
                Painting, drawing and art history, MBG Art Center, Memphis
                2010
                Painting, drawing and art history, MBG Art Center, Memphis and Brooks Museum of Art, USA

                2007
                Ledandtaught art history study tour to Greece for ASU and MBG
                2005 - 2006
                Teaching (professorial level position, instructor) drawing, figure structure, theory (art & history), painting, and watercolor, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA
                2003 - 2004
                Art & History (drawing, painting & theory) adjunct instructor, Arkansas State University, USA
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                EDUCATION
                2005
                MFA (PhD equivalent) Studio Art & History University of Memphis,USA
                2005
                Master of Arts & History Studio Art Arkansas State University, USA
                2002
                Bachelor of Arts & History (Magna Cum Laude) Arkansas State University,USA
                1998 - 2000
                BFA Ukrainian National Academy of Arts, Kyiv.
                1996 - 1998
                Art history,anatomy courses in Europe(Sorbonneand Lorenzodi Medici).
                1994 - 1998
                Secondary Degreein Artand Art Education Shevchenko Ukrainian National Academy of Arts, Kyiv (Gold Medal– Summa Cum Laude).
                1993 - 1994
                St. Nicholas Catholic School, Chicago, USA
                1993
                Glenn Echo Art School, Glenn Echo, Maryland, USA
                1992 - 1993
                English International Language Institute, School of Diplomacy, Washington DC, USA
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                PERSONAL
                Comes from a family with a rich heritage and background: maternal grandfather – last king of Georgia and Armenia (Bagrationi and Dadiani royal lines) and royal prince of Lithuania ( Yagailo Gedimin royal line) – Simon Bagration Dadiani Gedimin Pilke, his grandmother on paternal line was Isabella de Savoy from royal family of Savoy kings of Piemonte and Sardinia. Maternal grandmother – the countess of Poland and Ukraine, granddaughter of countess Evelina Hanska the wife of Honore de Balzac. Paternal line: Father a renown sculptor Anatoli Kushch (Katrakis), comes from a family of Cretan artists as well as his cousin Manos Katrakis famous Greek actor.
                Citizenship
                USA citizen, EU residence permit (in process).