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For a list of people with surname Katrakis, see Katrakis.
Christina Katrakis
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Christina Katrakis
Born (1980-12-16) December 16, 1980 (age 34)
Kiev, Ukraine
Nationality Ukrainian, American
Education MFA (terminal degree PHD equivalent in Arts) from the University of Memphis; M.A. degree began in Arkansas State University continued in University of Memphis, B.F.A. degree from Arkansas State University, B.A. degree from Arkansas State University, B.A. degree began in National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kiev. Edditional Education: Sorbonne, Paris and Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, English International Language Institute, Diplomatic institution of Washington DC
Known for artist, curator, UN amabassador of good will, political advisor, philanthropist, film maker, professor, IAA president, TV personality, model, singer, writer, symbol of Ukraine, public personality, royal princess & countess
Notable work(s) The Zone[1] ("2010 Freedom to Create Prize" global touring exhibition)[2]
Spouse(s) Roman Kudlay
Awards Freedom to Create – The Zone – prize winner of Freedom to Create UN cultural prize, the series of paintings The Zone won the UN Freedom to Create Prize and are on the world tour (Egypt, New York, Paris, Bosnia, China etc), 2011. The position of the ambassador of the good will in the field of culture for the UN.
Website
http://www.katrakis.com

Christina Kushch-Katrakis (Ukrainian: Христина Анатоліївна Кущ-Катракіс, December 16, 1980) — artist, philanthropist, ambassador of good will, political, social & cultural ministerial advisor, "Freedom to Create Global Prize" winner, international project curator, writer, art collections and museum curator, film maker, professor & IAA president, TV personality, singer, photo model, Symbol of Ukraine and public personality, royal princess and countess.

Christina Katrakis is an internationally renown American artist. She served as the ambassador of good will in the "Freedom to Create" Global Project (UN mission). Katrakis also works as a producer, artist, art director, director and scriptwriter in a number of documentary films as well as the Hollywood productions. She is a TV personality, anchorwoman, photo model, singer 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, and the president of the International Academy of Arts. Katrakis is an international project curator and a "Freedom to Create" Global Prize winner. She is a political, social and cultural advisor and a chief international adviser to the minister of culture of Ukraine.

Katrakis is a visual "Symbol of Ukraine", she was used as a model for the country’s Monument of Independence and the Kiev Founding Fathers Monument located on the main square of Independence (Maidan) in Kiev, Ukraine.

Katrakis is a royal princess and a countess, she 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 (YagailoGedimin royal line) – Simon Bagration Dadiani Gedimin Pilke, his grandmother on paternal line was Isabella of 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 Honoré de Balzac.

Katrakis knows 10 languages 8 of which she is fluent in: Fluent in English, Greek, Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. Working knowledge of Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Hungarian and ancient Greek.

Early life and family[edit]

Christina Katrakis was born on December 16, 1980 in Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, former Soviet Union. Her father is a renown sculptor Anatoliy Kushch(Katrakis), the author of many historical monuments around the world as well as various localities in Ukraine (e.g., Kyiv’s Independence Square). Of Ukrainian and Greek ancestry. Her great-great-grandfather Xenophon Katrakis was an icon and church painter from Crete, village of Kastelli, Hania.[3] Her mother Helen Pilkevich Kushch is an ethnographer and an art historian of Polish-Georgian descent.[4]

Christina is a survivor of the Chernobyl disaster. She was 6 when the nuclear reactor failed and staying in a village family's summer home some 15 miles away from Chernobyl. "We were evacuated a week later, but by then I was severely radiated and developed a tumor in my throat. I spent nearly 2 years recovering from the surgery, but the radiation affected my body forever," said Christina.[5][6] Later she created work "to confront issues that haunt her in memory of that event and the premature death of her first child." Her son Kimon lived only 10 days.

Personal[edit]

Christina Katrakis is currently married, her spouse is Roman Kudlay to whom she got married in 2014. She had a child from her first marriage Kimon Vassilis, the boy died. Christina has one older sibling, her half-brother Andrii Borysovych Nesterenko from her mother's first marriage.

Education[edit]

Her father's work brought her to the U.S., and Christina was educated at schools in Washington, D.C. (English International Language Institute, 1992-1993), Maryland (Glen Echo Art School, 1993) and Chicago (St. Nicholas Catholic School, 1993-1994). In 1994-1998 she studied at the Shevchenko State Art School, Kyiv (gold medal).

Then she studied at the renowned The National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture of Ukraine (1998-2000) and at courses on history and archeology (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), as well as at various art, art history, anatomy courses in Europe, where she taught drawing, figure structure, watercolor and oil painting (Sorbonne — Paris, France) and Lorenzo de' Medici School in Florence, Italy (1996-1998).[7]

Christina Katrakis received her B.A. degree from Arkansas State University (2002, magna cum laude), M.A. in Studio Art at Arkansas State University & University of Memphis (2003).

She later earned her M.F.A degree in Studio Arts from the University of Memphis (May 2005, Jed Jackson thesis director).

  • MFA (terminal degree PHD equivalent in Arts) from the University of Memphis
  • M.A. degree began in Arkansas State University continued in University of Memphis
  • B.F.A. degree from Arkansas State University, B.A. degree from Arkansas State University
  • B.A. degree began in National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kiev

Edditional Education:

  • Sorbonne, Paris and Lorenzo de Medici, Florence
  • English International Language Institute, Diplomatic institution of Washington DC

Artist[edit]

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

Katrakis is a renown American artist with more than 70 major art exhibits around the world and over 30 published international art catalogs of her work, vast museum, gallery and action representation, her works are part of the major celebrity and museum collections including UN collection:

Representation Auctions

  • Christie’s Fine Art Auction

Museums

  • Paris Museum of Modern Art (Paris, France)
  • Brooks Museum of Art (USA)
  • Benaki Museum of Art (Athens, Greece)
  • National Museum of Bosnia (Bosnia Herzohovina)
  • Xinyan Exhibition Center (Xinyan, China)
  • Cape Town Exhibition art center (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Museum of Modern Art ( Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • UIMA Museum of Modern Art (Chicago, USA)

Art Fairs

  • Art Berlin, 2014
  • Berlin Alternative Fashion Week, 2014
  • Art Moscow, 2011
  • Art Huston, 2011
  • Art Monaco, 2011
  • Art Slick Paris, 2010

Galleries

  • RAR Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Anna Tzarev Gallery, New York, USA
  • EichBlatt Gallery, Berlin Germany
  • Caelum Gallery, New York, USA
  • Haute Presents Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Depardieu Gallery, Nice, France
  • Dafna Gallery, Naples, Italy

President & Founder[edit]

Professor Christina Katrakis - The foundation of the International Academy of Arts – was Christina Katrakis’ lifelong dream.

In 2005, Katrakis founded The International Academy of Arts, its first branches functioned in the USA with the summer program in Greece under the name of Kallista Academy of Arts. Recently, in 2014, the academy reopened in a new permanent location. Now based in Munich, Germany, academy once again opened its doors under a new name of – The International Academy of Arts.

Katrakis holds MA, BA, BFA and MFA in studio arts, fine arts and art history. She studied in Sorbonne, Paris, France, Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy, Kyiv National Art Academy (historical branch of the renown St. Petersburg Academy of Arts) and completed her degree and thesis in the USA, The University of Memphis and subsequently taught there in the department of Fine Arts. In 2011 Katrakis won the award of UN in the field of Culture “Freedom to Create World Prize”, and became an ambassador of good will in the field of culture for the UN. She held a number of high curatorial positions in the museums, galleries and cultural foundations world-wide.

Christina Katrakis is not only the president and the founder of The International Academy of Arts, as a professor she leads the program of all base-core courses in the Academy’s permanent location in Munich, Germany, as well as the art history and the studio arts programs of academy. In addition, Professor Katrakis heads the permanent International Summer Program in Greece, Milos.

Katrakis works as an educator for over 15 years now, teaching in major USA and European universities and becoming the professor and the president of the International Academy of Arts.

Modeling[edit]

Christina Katrakis is a leading TV personality, anchorwoman, photo model, singer and public persona. She began her career as a professional photo-model in New York, at age 14. First modeling for Gap and Calvin Klein and later working in Paris in couture photoshoots for Chanel, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, among others. Katrakis works with a large range of designers, fashion homes and fashion magazines, doing numerous photo-shoots and advertisements.

Curator[edit]

Christina Katrakis curated and co-curated a number of international social, political, economical and commercial events and projects, such as: TEDx Forum in Vatican, Cambridge University Scholarship Project, Hope for Haiti fund raiser, St. Sophia Vatican Project, Lefkadia Project, UNICEF Projects and Mission, St. Jude's Project, Children International Heart Foundation Projects, Freedom to Create Global Peace Prize Project, National Democratic Institute Project, Chernobyl Children International Project, Help for Africa Project, Brigitte Bardot Foundation Project, Green Peace in Greece Project and Forbes Art Collection Project, among many others. Katrakis not only curates and advises public and political events, project and personalities, she also develops and manages major commercial projects, such as the Lefkadia - a Country within a Country Project and Orion Project on Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands.

Katrakis was a curator of the Voronov Museum of Modern Art, program manager in such museums as Brooks Museum of Art and the curator of the Forbes Art Collection Project. She curated a number of leading contemporary galleries both in the USA as well as in Europe. Was an international curator in major Art Fairs, fund Raisers and exhibits, including Christie's project in Eastern Europe, Art Berlin, Art Moscow, Art Houston, Berlin Fashion Week, Slick Paris, Ultra Violet Art & Film Project, Kings of Pop Art: Warhol, Indiana, Kennedy Art Project, among many others. She worked with Ultra Violet, Roger Ballen and Rauschenberg, and curated private collections and worked on projects with such major collectors as Dakis Joannou, Michail Nikolaev, Kokkalis, Igor Voronov, Lord Bookatz and Capeloutzos family, to name a few. Katrakis curated more than 40 international projects as a international project chief curator.

Writer[edit]

Katrakis is an author of 7 published books of prose and poetry, as well more than 70 articles, essays and short stories and more than 16 scholarly lecture presentations. A number of Katrakis' literary works were published around the world in different languages, among them: two books of poetry, a number of short stories, history and art history essays and catalogs. She continues her professional writer's career, actively developing film stories, writing scripts for film and television, publishing collections of short stories, critical essays, catalogs and articles. Katrakis' most famous works are "Pillow Book" and "Cartography of Love - Mapping it Out", both are selections of poetry. She is also known for her short stories such as "The Fields of Silver", "The Snow", "Ouzo in Paris", "Greek and other skeletons in Polish Closets" and "Katrakis Pot", as well as a number of scholarly essays, such as "Her Odyssey", "Ghent Altarpiece", "Modern, Post Modern, Pop: Regression or Exhaustion of Art?" among many others.

Music[edit]

Christina Katrakis is a leading TV personality, anchorwoman, photo model, singer and public persona. She began developing her professional vocal skills early in the childhood, first singing in the ethnic chorus and ensembles and training with the vocal teachers, later developing and studying jazz, blues and ethnic vocal in the USA. Katrakis began working as a professional vocalist with a number of music groups both in the USA as well as in Europe, such as Kitka and Deep Forest, specializing in the ethnic modern rhythms. Katrakis recorded vocals for numerous films and TV programs, both Hollywood productions as well as European Film productions. In her "Meet, the Ukrainian" TV show, Katrakis combines her ethnic-jazz vocal with TV programing, incorporating vocal and music into the show.

TV Personality[edit]

Christina Katrakis is an internationally renown American artist. She served as the ambassador of good will in the "Freedom to Create" Global Project (UN mission). Katrakis also works as a producer, artist, art director, director and scriptwriter in a number of documentary films as well as the Hollywood productions. She is a TV personality, anchorwoman, photo model, singer and public persona.

Katrakis is a leading TV persona, she is a creator, producer, script writer and anchorwoman of a number of TV projects, such as: "Culture Shock" and "Meet, the Ukrainian" TV shows.

Katrakis took part in more than 20 major international film and TV projects, working in the cinematography, international film industry and Television for over 5 years now in Hollywood as well as in western Europe.

Film making[edit]

Katrakis worked with a number of leading film directors both in Hollywood as well in Europe. She was a film artist and creative visual ideologist for the "Dark Path Chronicles" feature film and TV series by Mary Lambert, Hollywood, a co-producer, script-writer, story writer, creative ideologist and film artist in the film "Passion Creation" by Manfredo Leteo, Milan, as well as Mauro Calevi, Rome and Visionairemedia projects with Jerome Gary, Hollywood, to name a few. Katrakis is a creator, co-producer, creative ideologist and an anchorwoman in the popular TV series "Culture Shock". She is also a co-producer, creator, script-writer and an anchorwoman of the popular TV show - "Meet, the Ukrainian".

Katrakis took part in more than 20 major international film and TV projects, working in the cinematography, international film industry and Television for over 5 years now in Hollywood as well as in western Europe.

Philanthrop[edit]

Christina Katrakis - artist, philanthropist, ambassador of good will, political, social & cultural ministerial advisor, Freedom to Create Prize winner.

Christina Katrakis is an internationally renown American artist. She served as the ambassador of good will in the Freedom to Create Prize Global Project (UN mission). She is an international project curator and a "Freedom to Create" Global Prize winner. She is a political, social and cultural advisor and a chief international adviser to the minister of culture. Through her international mission of peace, help, healing and support - Katrakis changes lives, opens new opportunities and showcases those who need our care and help the most.

Collaboration[edit]

Christina Katrakis collaborates with a number of renown artists, personalities, actors, philanthropists and scholars. Be it the collaboration with such stars as George Clooney in raising money for Africa and Hope for Haiti campaign, or working together with Eli Hewson's and Bono's program towards a common goal of helping Chernobyl children, collaborating with such stars of medicine as Dr Bill Novick on helping to promote CIHF medical mission around the world, or supporting Brigitte Bardot fight for animal lives, or working alongside with Hollywood stars trying to raise money for the St. Jude's, or supporting National Democratic Institute's mission of democracy and human rights around the world, or participating in the Good Will Mission Program led by such stars as Angelina Jolie, aimed to help children around the world, or creating a one of a kind cinematic project with Italian film director Manfredo Leteo - connecting dance, art, music and cinema as one, or working with scholars such as renown Egyptologist Francesco Tiradritti on connecting history, archeology, myth and art, or working together with Hollywood film director Mary Lambert on developing scenes for her recent films connecting art and cinematography, just to name a few. One of Katrakis' most recent collaboration projects was with the an amazing artist and muse of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol - Ultra Violet.

Ancestry[edit]

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 of 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 Honoré de Balzac. Her father's family comes from the island of Crete, Greece the village of Kastelli, district of Hania. From a renown family line of Katrakis. Her father's first cousin was famous Greek theater and film actor Manos Katrakis, part of the family emigrated to Mani, Greece where Christina's cousin's come from, part to the USA and Black Sea region of Mariupol (where Christina's father was raised). Her great great grandfather Xenophon Katrakis was an icon painter.[4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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Memphis Flyer
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:05:08 -0700

An incident in Maidan Square in the central part of Kiev, Ukraine, February 18th triggered nightmares for former Memphian Christina Katrakis. She witnessed government forces and armed snipers gunning down young Ukrainian protesters demonstrating ...

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Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:03:40 -0700

Вам наверняка хорошо известен самый короткий еврейский анекдот, состоящий из двух слов: "Еврей – дворник". Правда, не спешите смеяться и воспринимать это в шутку. Думаю, вы очень удивитесь, узнав о том, что легендарный голливудский ...

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Вспоминаю смешной случай. Я только выиграла премию ООН "Freedom to Create" ("Свобода самовыражения") и приехала в Украину с филантропическими проектами. Они касались работы с детьми сиротами, онкобольными, а так же по ...
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