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 Academy 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 und Paris. In 2007 Katerina Belkina was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize (comparable to the British Turner Price) in Moscow.
With the PAINT series, Belkina enters into an artistic dialogue with great painters from the past and confronts them by creating works of art emanating the style and feel of these artists. In a way, she borrows the brushes and eyes of these 19th and 20th century painters she so greatly admires, thereby trying to get as close as possible to them. At the same time, Belkina wishes to challenge her own artistry.
Marike Van der Knaap