Katerina Stratos is a digital artist based in Los Angeles. She was born in Greece, then migrated to Australia as a child with her family and for the last five years has lived in the United States.
She has received a BA in Visual Communication Design, majoring in photography from the University of Technology, Sydney. Following several years working as a graphic designer and illustrator, Katerina attended the Australian Film, Television and Radio School where she completed a post graduate course in production design for film. This led to working with the director Baz Luhrmann, where she was introduced to concept art and the notion of previsualizing scenes to facilitate a distinct visual style. It is this particular combination of creative experiences that have brought her to her current practice, melding together photography, digital illustration, set design, graphic design, storytelling and film. She works as a freelance photographer, designer and concept artist, collaborating primarily with film makers to visualize their ideas in the development stages of their film projects.
Her art practice is focused on a strong sense of narrative and is heavily influenced by filmmakers such as Hayao Miyazaki, and the Australian artist and film-maker Shaun Tan, especial his visual book The Arrival. Katerina likes to create immersive worlds within her images — part graphic novel, part magic realism, part concept art from the worlds of film and gaming. She has a strong feminine perspective and is most interested in creating images with a strong female voice.