Katina Riba

Katina Riba lives in Mexico City and trained there and in New York. In Valle de Bravo, Mexico she teaches and works with the artisan community to preserve ancient traditions and crafts. She has taught on short courses in London at the Tate Britain and National Gallery. She is an expert in "Guadalupe" the Mexican symbol of cultural unity. Katina has exhibited in the Museo del Carmen and Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico.

Describe your approach to teaching:

I awaken personal inner talent by encouraging students to learn how to feel and express using creative methods. I teach students how to connect colours with feelings and enjoy the process of creating.

What inspires your own work?

Mexico has an unlimited source of crafts, traditions and colours that nourish my imagination and my soul; this helps me to produce innovative and evocative work allowing me to connect myself with my Mexican heritage and identity.

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