Katia Lifshin (b.1993, Israel) is a Ukraine-born Israeli artist who primarily focuses on themes
such as family bonds, childhood memories, identity and friendship through her practice. She
relocated to the U.S in 2012, studied painting and sculpting at Pima College, Tucson, Arizona. Returning to Israel in 2018, she now lives and works in Tel-Aviv.
"I use old monochromatic photographs as a guide and inspiration to my work. Relying on
photography to capture a moment creates a fragmented piece of it, open for interpretation. I
use this opening to create new meaning for the old photographs, and recast them as colorful
oil paintings. I utilize the photographs as a reference, modifying them to my own personal
narrative. I often focus on themes such as family bonds, childhood, identity and friendship."
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background in the arts.
My name is Katia Lifshin, I'm a 28 year old artist from Tel Aviv. I was born in Ukraine and my
family immigrated to Israel when I was 4. I studied art at Pima College in Arizona, and I have
participated in exhibitions across the U.S and Israel. Currently I live and work in Tel Aviv, Israel
What kind of work are you currently making?
My current series of works is about love and games. I paint scenes and portraits of
young women and girls that capture the state of mind of being in love and the struggles that
come with it. These works, like the subject itself, are very whimsical and playful, and on the
other hand do have a dark side to them, metaphorically speaking and through their colors as
What is a day like in the studio for you?
Music is a must for me when I'm painting, so that's the first thing I do when I start my day in
the studio, and I like working late at night.
What are you looking at right now and/or reading?
I’m reading The Garden of Eden by Arnset Hemingway, and I also bought myself a birthday
gift recently: an art book with the works of Lisa Yuskavage, I love her! She definitely had an
influence on my work, particularly in terms of color.
Where can we find more of your work?
I will be participating in a big project in Israel very soon, please stay tuned on Instagram to
find out more!