Artist Bio

Katia Von Kral Katie Kral profile picFor over nineteen years, Katia Von Kral has been quite successful in sharing her artistic talents for all to see. At an early age, patterns, color, texture, design and intriguing subject matter became her inspiration and she continues to incorporate all of these elements in her work today. KVK’s natural talent that emerged at this young age progressed over time as she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Arizona State University and catered professionally to high-end residential and corporate markets. Her art has been featured on television and in magazines such as Phoenix Home and Garden, she has done custom artwork and murals for well-known celebrities and large corporations including Google, Pulte, Del Webb, and she also facilitated the restoration of the 1926 Historic Civic Plaza in downtown Phoenix.

Famous for doing large originals in her own mixed-media/collage style that can be seen at public and private exhibitions and auctions, KVK now makes her past, present, and future pieces available as affordable, limited edition giclees in several sizes. Each piece is unique and original in its own right since they are personally embellished, signed, and numbered by the artist. Art by KVK can be displayed beautifully in many settings as her subject matter and designs cover a wide range to suit many decorative purposes. In her works, KVK also uses repurposed materials and usually includes an actual envelope, a bird image, and many other charming collaged articles that create everlasting interest and symbolic meaning in her pieces. From her amazing 1997 collections to the present “Solfege Family Collection” (once featured at the world renowned Musical Instrument Museum gift shop) and Cowboys and Instruments Collection, she is gaining recognition as one of the most collectible artists of the 21st century.

The Cowboys and Instruments Collection, along with many other country related pieces, are featured in retail stores throughout the West, and gave KVK the opportunity to be the featured artist of the annual Festival of the West in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013. KVK’s love for country and western things stems from her love for the outdoors, camping, fishing, riding horses, and from other childhood memories with her family in Idaho, Montana, and Nevada. She also loves travelling and is greatly inspired by country music, country dancing, and country musicians, as you will see that in all of her work exists some kind of musical suggestion, even if the subject matter is different. It is also not uncommon to catch KVK admiring the rodeo scene as she is fascinated with those barrel racers, bull riders, and bronc riding folk. Faith, love, and helping others are most important to KVK.

In addition, KVK’s repertoire of abilities also includes professional training in makeup artistry. She is certified by the Joe Blasco Makeup School in Hollywood, CA.  KVK learned the craft of beauty makeup, as well as special effects makeup including prosthetics. She has done makeup for several famous athletes and acclaimed actors. Her work has appeared on popular stations such as FOX, CBS, ABC, and ESPN.  KVK still enjoys accepting makeup opportunities for film, television, print, weddings and special events.  Whether a job involves painting or makeup, KVK’s goals remain the same- produce quality work and exceed her client’s expectations.  She hopes that you enjoy her work as much as she loved creating it!

So far, KVK has managed to keep her dream alive but not without a fight. The auto-immune disease, called endometriosis, affects over 176 million women worldwide, including KVK. 30-40% of them cannot have children and suffer from EXTREME pain! Therefore, a part of all the proceeds from Art by KVK sales is donated to support the Endometriosis Association, a charitable organization dear to KVK’s heart. KVK has also worked with the Boys and Girls Club. She loves kids and it is her passion to care for them whenever the opportunity arises.

Much of the artwork KVK creates is available on decorative gift items such as pillows, blankets, coasters, mugs, note cards, clothing, and much more! Decorating any environment KVK style is a beautiful way to enhance your décor and to invest in your future. KVK welcomes custom artwork on canvas, large murals, and any other idea that you may have in mind. You can view and purchase all of her works at www.artbykvk.com.Order products or contact her direct at 480.420.4ART (4278) or artbykvk@gmail.com.