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Katie Lokotska

Since the first day she held a pencil in her hands, Katie never stopped drawing and developing her love for graphic art. She was raised in a family that was sensitive for art and with a penchant for creativity. She began to learn to draw at an art school and then studied art for a year in the Art Department of her high school. She was then admitted at the National University of her native city and graduated from the Fine Arts Department in 2016. In addition to her higher education, Katie taught art and began her career as a freelance, working in design and illustration, keeping up her work as a visual artist at the same time.

When the Ukrainian artist was young, she loved to draw and used pencil, ink, pastel and even watercolours to make her first works. Katie is fascinated both by the works of the English illustrator Herbert Railton (1857-1910) and the American artist Franklin Booth (1874-1948) and mainly produces portraits and urban scenes. During her last year at the university, she tried her hand at oil painting and practiced it with great intensity. Since then, Katie has been making figurative works that are steeped in realism. She sketches each character on the canvas first and then covers it with umber or ocher sands, before applying colour.

Katie is enthusiastic and loves to experiment so as to develop her skills and discover new creative perspectives. Thus, the artist commits to giving a body to the textures and nuances, whether it is with urban landscapes, portraits or floral motifs, in order to produce something that is as luminescent as it is intense.