Speed Painting by Katia Von Kral
Art by KVK Katia Von Kral
In the past couple years I was fortunate to team up with another artist to learn the craft of speed painting. During a speed painting event, I paint a portrait or requested piece in 10 minutes or less to the sound of lively, familiar music! The work I speed paint is generally auctioned or sold immediately after, and has collectively raised millions of dollars for charities all over the country. Some shows are for pure entertainment, enamoring audiences at festivals, parties, holidays, or any other special event.
For over twenty-three years, Katia Von Kral has been quite successful in sharing her artistic talents. At an early age, patterns, color, texture, design and intriguing subject matter became her inspiration and continues to incorporate all these elements in her work today. Her natural talent that emerged at this young age progressed over time as she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Arizona State University and catered professionally to high-end residential and corporate markets in both Arizona and California. Kral’s art and story has been featured on television and in magazines such as Phoenix Home and Garden and So Scottsdale. She has had the privilege to do custom artwork and murals for well-known celebrities and large corporations including Google, Pulte, and Del Webb. She also had the opportunity to facilitate the restoration of the 1926 Historic Civic Plaza in downtown Phoenix.
Kral is most recognized for doing large originals in her own mixed-media/collage style that she displays at public and private exhibitions, auctions, and her studio. In addition, she allows her past, present, and future pieces to be available as affordable, limited edition giclees in all sizes and printed on different mediums. In her original mixed-media pieces, she includes repurposed materials which usually involve an actual envelope, a bird image, and many other charming collaged articles that create everlasting interest and symbolic meaning. Her work can be displayed beautifully in many settings because her subject matter and designs cover a wide range to suit many decorative purposes.
From Kral’s 1997 collections to her “Solfege Family Collection” (once featured at the world renowned Musical Instrument Museum gift shop) and “Cowboys and Instruments Collection,” she has been fortunate to gain many opportunities being showcased in retail stores throughout the West. These popular series’ also awarded her the chance to be the featured artist of the annual Festival of the West in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013.
Recently in the summer of 2016, Kral added another dimension to her artistry when Tribute Art Live asked her to come alongside to learn the craft of speed painting. With this skill, she creates famous portraits or familiar scenes, to the sound of lively music in ten minutes or less. These performances are live and in front of large audiences. Sometimes these events are for pure entertainment. Generally, these events are for charity fundraisers where an auctioneer sells the work immediately after the show. Collectively, she has participated in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for several local charities, as well as national ones, at venues like the Celebrity Theater and the Scottsdale Culinary Arts Festival. Her favorite speed painting show thus far is the “Highwaymen Show,” which makes up portraits of all four country singing outlaws to the sound of their legendary music.
Kral’s love for country and western things stems from her affinity for the outdoors, camping, fishing, riding horses, and other childhood memories with her family in Idaho, Montana, and Nevada. She also enjoys travelling and is greatly inspired by music (especially country music, country dancing, and country musicians). You will see that in all her work exists some kind of musical suggestion, even if the subject matter is different. Above all, faith, love, and helping others are most important to her.
So far, Kral has managed to keep her dream alive but not without a fight. The painful condition, called endometriosis, affects over 176 million women worldwide, including Kral. 30-40% of these women cannot have children and suffer from extreme pain. Therefore, a part of all the proceeds from her art sales is donated to support the Endometriosis Association, a charitable organization dear to her heart. You can read more about endo and her story by visiting her website at artbykvk.com.
If you have a charity and are interested in receiving donations through the sales of her artwork or live speed painting events, please do not hesitate to contact her. She welcomes custom artwork on canvas, large murals, and any other idea that you may have in mind. Also, you may contact her for wholesale and licensing inquiries. Shop art, order products, or contact her direct at 480.420.4ART (4278) or firstname.lastname@example.org.