Kristen Palana is an American/Portuguese multidisciplinary artist based in Malawi.

Recent Design Clients Include:

World Food Programme
World Health Organization
the B-52s
Illustration from the Nthambi series created for UNFPA Malawi


I create award-winning mixed media fine art as well as illustrations, animation & video, and graphic design for UN agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Most of my work aims to promote positive social change.

copyright UNFPA Malawi


I’ve taught University undergraduate and graduate students since 2000, as well as offered art & design courses in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. I also teach online courses to thousands of students in 191 countries.

Free At Last Live Love Work Abroad


I specialize in taking complex information and making it understandable and applicable to everyday life. I offer custom art & design services, small group & private mentorship, and customized live in-person masterclasses and online training.

More Featured Projects

Illustration created for the book, "Lori Leak Travels to San Diego"
From the "Out There Doodles" Series
digital media accelerator graduates Malawi UNFPA
South African Merkaba. Healing Meditation | 18 x 18 in. | watercolor pens and acrylic on vellum | 2023

Masaki Watabe

Deputy Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Young Hong

Resident Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Chippo Mchenga

Data Analyst, UNICEF

Steve Rittler

Associate Professor of Animation, William Paterson University | SVA

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