Katrina Pallon is a visual artist whose strong imagery and conceptual vocabulary inspired distinctive paintings and drawings using a variety of mediums. As a multi-dimensional artist, her creative spirit and unique aesthetic eye has also led her to pursue photography and handmade masks. Pallon has carved a name for herself in the Philippine art scene for her creative pieces that embody the beauty of Pan-Asian culture. Influenced by her solo sojourns across the continent, Katrina injects her work with exotic imageries and breathtaking patterns that immortalizes the mystical quality that form the essence of the East. She also works as a freelance illustrator, book and graphic designer.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Philippines- Diliman, Katrina Pallon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication. Known for her maximalist style heavily influenced by the intricacies of Viennese and French art nouveau, her paintings, illustrations, and photographs reflect her strong affinity for elaborate designs and love for elevating even the simplest of subjects through her meticulous attention to detail.
Specializing in portraying cultural hybridism that weave into the unified fairy tale that denotes the history of Asia, Katrina fuses feminine subjects that enthrall viewers for its dark, melancholic, and almost ethereal figures depicted amidst a backdrop of stunning oriental motifs and exquisite blooms crafted in warm and vivid tones.
Katrina has actively exhibited under private art galleries and public group exhibitions in venues around the metro including Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, LRI Art Pavilion, Artasia Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, Secret Fresh, Art Elements Asian Gallery, and Art Underground. She has also recently launched an adult coloring book in Singapore and in the Philippines which was well-received by the public in both countries.
Residing in Sta. Ana, Manila, Katrina Pallon shifts from becoming a hermit in the studio and a relentless driver braving the streets of either Manila or an obscure Asian town to search for the perfect cup of coffee. She is an avid martial arts enthusiast with training in Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do.
“If Katrina, painter,is fascinated with anatomy and thoughts of suicide, she tries not to show that she’s morbid about it, though she may be telling us life is a matter of life and death. As far as her art is concerned, life is a jungle of intense experiences glossed over by bright colors, including primary ones, and voluptuous images o fbeautiful women – her subjects look a lot like a certain Katrina Pallon – butwho can blame her? She’s telling us that it is no accident that women – Eve’s daughters – happen to be the most attractive of the flora and fauna in that mysterious jungle.
There are peacocks inher world (as there are skulls), exotic blossoms blooming in the thick of the forest’s loveliest foliage, as well as on the coats of the women; there are pink flamingos and white cockatoos; and the most recent addition, silken lanterns glowing with an incandescent light, as if in an attempt to help the onlooker look for those hidden messages. Those large and lush flowers are also the painter’s way of hiding the wearer’s silhouette, forcing the viewer to trace where the blooming background ends and where the robe begins.”
(Jullie Yap Daza, Philippine Panorama, 2013)