Katerina Belkina is a Russian contemporary pictorialist photographer and painter. She digitally manipulates many of her photographs to appear as paintings and often uses herself as the model in her work. Her artworks have been published and exhibited internationally.
Early on, Katerina knew about her exceptional talent to see the world through different eyes. Born in Samara in the southeast of European Russia, she was raised in a creative atmosphere by her mother, also an artist.
Her photographic work is strongly influenced by the painting. It focuses entirely on portraits, self-portraits, and lately in scenarios that illustrate fairy-tales. Katerina allowed herself to be inspired by the tales to create her interpretation of them. Her images, as far as their permanence is concerned, are to be situated between the written and the oral tradition. On one hand, they obviously visualize the story, on the other, they do not limit the viewer in his /her imagination.