Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katrina Alexy has been making and teaching art in Los Angeles for over 25 years. She has an active studio practice in Los Angeles and recently, Morro Bay, California. She specializes in art created for community enjoyment created mainly from materials that might otherwise find their way into a landfill.
She has shown her artwork at galleries throughout California. Her permanent public art pieces can be seen at The Edendale Library in Los Angeles, The Graham Walkway off Firestone Blvd., the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset in LA, and Glendale Blvd. in Atwater to name a few. Her mosaic work can be seen at Disney Hall where she worked for 3 months on the massive Lillian Disney Rose sculpture, in Westwood, and most recently a mosaic celebrating the Echo Park farmers market made entirely from tiles that were scheduled to be thrown in a landfill. Currently Katrina is working on a large mosaic created from Franciscan tiles for a wall that sits on the former Franciscan Pottery factory site in Atwater Village, Los Angeles.
Katrina has been a guest artist/instructor at many institutions including The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Barnsdall Art Center,the Fowler Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, and The Pacific Asian Museum. She has taught art at many schools throughout LA including Community Magnet, Rosewood, 32nd Street, Dorsey, Adams to name a few. Katrina was an artist in residence with the state mental department for over ten years working with children and prisoners living at Metropolitan State Mental Hospital in Norwalk and UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute. For many years Katrina volunteer organized The Echo Park Arts Festival bringing schools and the community of local artists together and sat on the board of The Elysian Valley Arts Collective helping to produce the Frogtown Art Walk. She has received several grants from the State of California and City of Los Angeles to create artworks within various communities. She was a guest artist for the Gras Piloten Festival outside of Berlin creating site specific art with artists from around the globe.
Katrina has a BA from California State University Los Angeles and has studied fine arts at Chouinard, Art Center College of Design, and The School of Mosaic Art in Ravenna, Italy. She currently is the Arts Activist at Pilgrim School where she has worked as an art instructor and was the fine arts chair.
Katrina lives in Highland Park with her husband and two rescued dogs where she is active in the community and loves living near the subway. She looks forward to a more car-free Los Angeles in the future with a greener and cleaner Los Angeles River!
She likes to don large sunglasses with her nieces whenever possible.