Katja Tapia was born in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with a BA in illustration and graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She wanted to find a way to focus less on graphic art and more on the ’hands-on’ painting process itself, she found herself exploring a new direction, abstract painting. Influenced by abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko, Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock and also Picasso, Katja eventually developed her own style of abstract painting. Her works bring out imagination, express emotion, movement and texture. Her compositions stir the observer’s creative point of view. She has a unique understanding of color that express her personal emotions and perspectives, yet invite the observer to come up with their own meaning.