I draw the world not as it is, but how I wish it could be. I use symbols, icons, and patterns with cross-cultural significance combined with color psychology to help soothe, heal, and reinvigorate weary idealists.
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Kristen Palana artist
Kristen Palana

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American Equilibrium by Kristen Palana. 2023.
The Way: Gaia Protection Meditation by Kristen Palana. 2022
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As an educator, I’ve taught at universities on four continents, including at The American University of Rome, where I co-founded the Film and Digital Media BFA. From 2016–2019, I taught for universities and NGOs in Myanmar. When not making fine art, I work as a designer and educator for United Nations and international organizations including WHO, UNICEF, WFP, GIZ, UNDP, UNFPA and create multimedia programs for students from all walks of life. Former and current students include refugees, diplomats, undergraduate and graduate students, and those with no formal education living on under $2 USD a day.

18 x 18 in. | ink and acrylic on vellum | 2024

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Voice. Throat Chakra Meditation | 12 x 12 in. | acrylic on canvas | 2021

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