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Early on Katerina Belkina knew about her exceptional talent to see the world through different eyes. Born in Samara in the southeast of European Russia, she was brought up in an creative atmosphere by her mother, a visual artist.
Her education as painter at the Art Academy and from 2000 at the school for Photography of Michael Musorin in Samara gave her the tools to visualize her ideas. Exhibitions of her sublime, mystic self-portraits ensued in Moscow and Paris.
In 2007 Katerina Belkina was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize (comparable to the British Turner Price) in Moscow. Recently she got the Hasselblad Masters Prize. Currently she lives and works in Berlin.
Katerina Belkina is a Russian artist, trained in painting and photography, known for her mystical self portraits.... this series sees her emulating the masters.
Her works essentially focus on female portraiture. The viewer enters the inner world and sees the world of different state of mind through women’s eyes. In most of her feminine portraits something is conspicuously abstract and dramatic. Belkina is also a skilful digital artist and photo manipulator who manages to give a surreal touch to her works. She arranges several photographic elements into an image which is then manipulated, and sometimes enriched with traditional painting tools to achieve both lifelike and dreamlike atmosphere.