Katia Baskina Is an expressionist painter who was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the States when she was 19 after living in South Africa for 5 years. Katia graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and has a Master’s degree in Special Education from the College of Notre Dame. Katia has been painting for about 18 years. Her main influences are Surrealism, Art Nouveau and Impressionism and her favorite artist’s are: Gustav Klimpt, Salvador Dali and Vincent Van Gogh. Katia uses bold, expressive brush strokes and bright contrasting colors to create her striking expressive images. Katia is proficient at painting fantasy and realistic scenes, portraits, landscapes, and murals. Katia draws her influence from everyday events and people as well as world mythology and history. In the last few years she has become greatly influenced by Baltimore history and folklore. Katia has been showing her art at local galleries, bars, and restaurants for the past 10 years and has been a prominent member of the local artist community. In August of 2015 she opened up a gallery called Escape Artists Gallery in historic district of Baltimore. Since then the gallery has become a Pop Up gallery that curates shows at local art venues and raises money for local and international non-profits. Katia currently has work on display at Mount Vernon Market, 36 Pop, La Cakerie, Brexton Hotel, and the gift shop at Baltimore Museum of Industry. Katia has also been working closely with the local community organizations to further promote local artists in the community as well as providing art education to inner city youth in Baltimore. She is also an art educator working with children with Autism and teaching art classes at local non-profits part time.