Katrina Davis-Salazar is a Chicago mixed media painter. Her paintings recognize that pain, joy, beauty, and conflict coexist simultaneously. She hopes her work represents the underdogs, the slightly marginalized, the hopeful, and those who need a voice.
Katrina's mother is from a small sea port in Mexico. Her father was raised on a farm in central Illinois. This mixed heritage also plays a role in Katrina's work, The juxtaposition of American pop-culture, rich colors and patterns, modern compositions, and a Latina sensibility, lends tension to Katrina's work.
Katrina has been drawing and painting since she was six years old. Creating art was always paramount in her mind. Her family was supportive of this. She received her BFA from University of Kansas in 1998, with an emphasis in painting. She completed her MFA from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003.
Due to a family illness, Katrina stopped painting in 2005. Working again since 2011, she still feels very new to the art world. Because of this, Davis-Salazar now paints frenetically, creating at least 50 paintings a year. After personal loss, Katrina was forced to change her approach to life and art. This forced change has shaped the body of her work.
Katrina currently lives and works in the Chicago area. She spends her days creating a large body of artwork, teaching art at a community college, and caring for her family, Katrina installed large public murals at Warren Township Public Library and Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth, IL. in 2014. Katrina is currently seeking gallery representation and has several upcoming group exhibits.