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 degree in Graphic Design and took several painting elective classes. Katia has been painting for about 18 years. Her main influences are the Expressionist and Impressionist movements. Her favorite artists are Gustav Klimpt, Salvador Dali and Vincent Van Gogh. Katia uses bold, defined 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 every day 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. She is the founder of the Escape Artists gallery as well as one of the member artists at the gallery.