The foundation of the International Academy of Arts – was Christina Katrakis’ life long dream. Katrakis’ personal vision of the academy and teaching philosophy, are based on Plato’s Academy and on the educational method of Socrates. Thus Katrakis’ goal was to make sure, that the classes would be personal and open minded, because for her – “live discussion is the vital mortar, which binds the educational system”, states Katrakis.

In 2005, Katrakis founded The International Academy of Arts, its first branches functioned in the USA with the summer program in Greece under the name of Kallista Academy of Arts. Recently, in 2014, the academy reopened in a new permanent location. Now based in Munich, Germany, academy once again opened its doors under a new name of – The International Academy of Arts.

Katrakis holds MA, BA, BFA and MFA in studio arts, fine arts and art history. She studied in Sorbonne, Paris, France, Lorenzo di Medici, Florence, Italy, Kyiv National Art Academy (historical branch of the renown St. Petersburg Academy of Arts) and completed her degree and thesis in the USA, The University of Memphis and subsequently taught there in the department of Fine Arts. In 2011 Katrakis won the award of UN in the field of Culture “Freedom to Create World Prize”, and became an ambassador of good will in the field of culture for the UN. She held a number of high curatorial positions in the museums, galleries and cultural foundations world-wide.

Christina Katrakis is not only the president and the founder of The International Academy of Arts, as a professor she leads the program of all base-core courses in the Academy’s permanent location in Munich, Germany, as well as the art history and the studio arts programs of academy. In addition, Professor Katrakis heads the permanent International Summer Program in Greece, Milos.

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