Christina Katrakis

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Christina Katrakis-Kushch
Portrait of Christina Katrakis-Kushch
Christina Katrakis-Kushch
Christina Marie Kushch

(1980-12-16)December 16, 1980
Known forpainting, curatorship, philanthropy, coordinator Centro per I’UNESCO di Bologna,[1] producer in Hollywood MO’z art pictures[2] and Visionairemedia[3]
AwardsThe Zone series of paintings have been awarded "The 2010 Highly Commended Artists" to participate in the «2010 Freedom to create Exhibition»[4]

Christina Katrakis (December 16, 1980) is an International curator, writer, sculptor, painter, an American artist, сoordinator Centro per I’UNESCO di Bologna,[1] producer in Hollywood MO’z art pictures[2] and Visionairemedia[3] Has USA citizenship.

Early life and education[edit]

Katrakis was born in 1980, December 16, in Kyiv, in a family of Anatoliy Kushch-Katrakis and Helen Pilkevich-Kushch. Her father is Ukrainian sculptor, author of many historical monuments in Ukraine, United States, Iran, Lebanon and Poland,[5] residing in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her mother is Ukrainian ethnographer and an art historian.[6] She officially took the double second name Katrakis-Kushch because of Greek legacy of her ancestors, who were Pontic Greeks, migrated long ago to Ukraine, according to her father.[6]

Katrakis founded the International Academy of Arts in 2005[7] which is now based in Munich, Germany.

In age of 10 (in 1991 year), Katrakis went to the USA with her parents, when her father received an order for a monument creation in Chicago. Her parents returned to their homeland, but Christina stayed and went to English International institute for foreign languages in Washington (1992–1993). In 1993–1994 she studied at Catholic school of St. Nicholas in Chicago and in parallel – in a specialized school "Glenn Eco". In 1994–1998 she returned in Kyiv, where she studied at the Shevchenko State Art School. In 1996–1998 she studied courses of Arts, Art History and Anatomy in Italy and France (Lorenco di Medici' Academy in Florence and Sorbonne Academy in Paris). In 1998–2000 she studied at the National Academy of fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv. In 2000–2002 she studied at the Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, USA. She also studied at the renowned National Academy of Art of Ukraine, as well as in various art schools in Europe and in the USA. She passed a terminal MA degree from the University of Memphis, where she teaches drawing, figure structure, watercolor and oil painting.[8] She spent several years at the University of Memphis as a teacher and lecturer, and building a national reputation as an artist: her works are owned by Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Angelina Jolie, among others.[9]

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 ( 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 sculptor Anatoli Kushch (Katrakis), comes from a family of Cretan artists as well as his cousin Manos Katrakis famous Greek actor.[10]

Life and work[edit]

Katrakis had a son, who died when he was only 8 days old, from a heart disease, caused by a Chornobyl disaster[11] and another baby, who was unborn, for the same reason.[9] In one month after, she drew-up a cycle of paintings named "Zone", inspired by this horrible events.

Katrakis also known not only as a painter, but also as potter, sculptor, writer and documentary maker.[12] It started in 2002, when she had presented several projects during her study at the ASU.[12] In 2011 Katrakis photo series "Tree of Life" appeared in "The picture of the World. Free look" exhibition hosted in Kyiv, Ukraine.[13] In 2011 was a productive for Katrakis – she took part in 6 exhibitions around the world, including opening of own exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine.[8][11][13][14][15][16]

Katrakis made a film "UltraViolet Light" presented in 2014 at the RAR Gallery.[17] In 2014, Katrakis was at the Maidan of Independence in the heart of capital of Ukraine, during disturbances in Kyiv in the Second Maidan revolution, approved by a photo.[18]

Christina Katrakis is married to Roman Kudlay, producer, top-manager and international project’s coordinator. Together they have a son Mark Roman Kudlay, born on July 15, 2015 he’s an USA citizen.

Works as producer in Hollywood MO’z art pictures[2] and Visionairemedia[3]

Producer of the Visionairemedia documentary film "Believe", directed by Mary Lambert edited by Shawn Thompson exacutive director Jerome Gary[19][20]

In 2019 Christina Katrakis was appointed the official UNESCO coordinator and international projects’ curator of the Centro per I’UNESCO di Bologna. This official title was granted to Christina Katrakis by the UNESCO Ambassador Maurizio Aronica himself. She is from now on, leads international projects of the Centro per I’UNESCO di Bologna, including the upcoming UNESCO art show “Bridge for Art» which will take place in the historical Palazzo Torfanini in Bologna in April 2020. [1] The work on the “Bridge for Art” UNESCO project for UNESCO Center in Bologna has come to an end on May 5th 2020.

Participation in exhibitions as a painter[edit]

  • 2002 Exhibit after Minoan culture, as a senior graduate, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA[12]
  • 2004 "Moments of life", "Elisavetgrad" exhibition, Kirovograd, Ukraine.[21]
  • 2008 Personal exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine, Europe.[22]
  • 2010 "Neo-Symbolism: Bridges to the Unknown”, Chicago, IL, USA.[23]
  • 2010 “Prism Art Exhibition”, Memphis, USA.[24][25]
  • 2011 “The Little Prince”, The Chocolate cake Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine, Europe.[14]
  • 2011 “The picture of the World. Free look”, The Chocolate cake Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine, Europe][13]
  • 2011 "The Zone", New York, USA.[11]
  • 2011 "11th European festival of the Nude Photography: Glances at the body”, Europe.[8]
  • 2011 Personal exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine, Europe.[15]
  • 2011 “Arising” exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine, Europe.[16]
  • 2013 “Art World”, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, Europe.[26]
  • 2013 “Moments of Time”, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, Europe.[27]
  • 2014 “Ultra Violet Light”, with Igor Kalinauskas.[28][29]


  1. ^ a b c "Centro per I'UNESCO di Bologna". Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "MOz Art Pictures - Christina Katrakis". Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Visionairemedia - Christina Katrakis". Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Freedom to Create - The Zone". Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Anatoliy Kushch". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Sculpture is a hard work". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "About the Founder". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Learn more about the artist". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Ukraine Nightmare". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "konshu - Christina Kush-Katrakis". Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "I've painted "Zone" after my son's death". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c "Kushch to present multi-dimensional senior art exhibit, featuring Minoan culture". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "The picture of the world. Free look". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Brad Pitt's favorable person had brought an Exhibit to Kyiv". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Hollywood artist Christina Katrakis Opens Her Art Gallery in Kyiv". Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Opening of 'Growing up' exhibition". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  17. ^ "The last film of the muse, lover and colleague of many of geniuses was filmed by Ukrainian team". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  18. ^ "Ukrainian Artists of the 21st Century – Christina Katrakis". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  19. ^ "Mary Lambert - Believe". Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "VisionaireMedia - Mary Lambert - Believe". Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Moments of life". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  22. ^ "Ukrainian from Hollywood brought her paintings in Kyiv". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  23. ^ "Neo-symbolism: Bridges to the Unknown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  24. ^ "January midsouthmusts" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  25. ^ "Painful 'Prism' – Touched by Tragedy of Chernobyl, artist's work radiates power". Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  26. ^ "American, who was a prototype for a Liberty Monument in Kyiv: I have to carry it bravely". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  27. ^ "'Moments of time' Exhibition". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  28. ^ "Igor Kalinauskas – BBC". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  29. ^ "Ultra Violet light project – Dali, Picasso, Warhol and I". Retrieved March 25, 2015.