About: Kristen Palana

Kristen Palana

University Students Taught Since 2000

Online Students Taught Since 2014

Dollars Raised Online For Good Causes

Life Purpose

In a Nutshell

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I’m an American/Portuguese multidisciplinary artist based in Malawi. After decades as a digital artist, in 2021 I reconnected with my fine art roots. Inspired by the lofty mission statements used by the world’s top organizations, my mixed media drawings are a call to action to visualize better outcomes for our lives, communities, and the planet. My earlier animations have screened at over 75 international film festivals, earning numerous “Best Animated Short Film” awards, including at the Cannes Short Film Festival, Italy International Film Festival, and Sunscreen Film Festival. 

When not making fine art, I work as a designer and educator for United Nations agencies and international bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The British High Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Food Programme (WFP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Public Relations Society of Malawi, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and The Australian High Commission. In 2022, m

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  • M.F.A., Graduation With Distinction. Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)
  • B.F.A., Graduation With Distinction. Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, (Boston, MA)
  • Diploma in Social Innovation. UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

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Featured Artist: Kristen Palana United Women's Art Movement publication 2023


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Artist Statement