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Christina Katrakis studied at the renowned National Academy of Art of Ukraine, as well as in various art schools in Europe and in the U.S. A. She passed a terminal MA degree from the University of Memphis, where she teaches drawing, figure structure, watercolor and oil painting, She also teaches at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and at the Lorenzo di Medici Academy in Florence, Italy.
Trained in the strict classical tradition, Christina’s artistic gaze blends old with new, the immediate and recognizable with the unusual and the ironic. Her art reflects her extraordinary personal and intellectual background and experience. Hence one may meet a touch of Proustian memory from her training years (the gritty post-Soviet reality, the ideological divisions, 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.
These disparate attributes are resolved into a very personal yet Felliniesque reality that at once assures and confounds. On the one hand, her paintings are like mnemonic snapshots: immediate, descriptive and humorous; on the other, they possess the psychological and subliminal edge. “Although my paintings reflect my own private conscious-subconscious cosmos” she says, they are inclusive and thus eminently accessible to the viewer. They are like elements of a symposium, whereby ideas, impressions, and emotions are shared openly with a discriminating company. But ultimately each participant must reach his own conclusion.”