Kristina Varaksina

Russian-born Kristina Varaksina has resided in the USA since 2010 and currently lives and works in New York. Varaksina’s focus is to capture human emotion and the psychological impressions of her subjects' mind – permitting the characters to project their internal reality. Works undertaken are keen to explore a female and child perspective, evoking their thoughts, dreams and hopes. As Aesthetica magazine suggest ‘Varaksina's personal works are etherial, projecting the psyche onto the corners of a room... Through a conscientious attention to light and a soft palette these allegories come to life and absorb the viewer into their microcosm’. 



MFA 12/2013 Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Major: Photography! !
MFA 07/2005The Ural State Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. Major: Graphic Design and Advertising.

Communication Arts 55th Annual, Best Creatives in Photography category
Digital Photo Pro’s 2013 The Face 1st Place
Photographer’s Forum magazine 34th Annual College Contest 4th place
PDN Faces Contest, 1st Place in Personal category
APA National Award 2013 1st Place Student work
APA 2013 EP Education Grant Award Winner
Digital Photo Magazine the 6th Annual Your Best Shot photo contest winner
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2012 – Best in Show single image
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2013 – Best in Show Portfolio, 1st Place single image
CMYK Magazine – 100 Best Young Creatives of 2012 picture of the day – 3 times/ 3 images Best Picture in Hairdo Photo contest
Moscow Social Advertising 2008 Award
Ekaterinburg Photo-cross 2006 First Prize

Exhibitions and Art Fairs
AAF New York March 2014
Solo Show at 625 Sutter gallery San Francisco March 2014
APA SF Something Personal 2013 Exhibition
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2012
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2013

APA SF Something Personal 2012 Exhibition

Digital Photo Pro’s, December 2013 The Face contest
PDN magazine, September 2013
Creatives Quarterly, October 2013
Digital Photo Pro Magazine, March 2013
CMYK magazine, October, 2012


2007-2010 – art-director at Young and Rubicam Russia, then at Scholtz & Friends Russia.!
2006-2007 – art-director and photographer at In-Formation Advertising Group. !
2002-2005 – graphic designer at Vandals Branding Design, then at Voskhod Advertising Agency. !