Katrina Bello is an artist whose paintings and drawings are about a search for analogies between the natural world and the human condition. Rocks, trees, grasses and puddles are some of the imagery that are predominant in her works. She started drawing and painting at the age of seven in her hometown of Davao City where she was born and raised, and at age 11 started making her own charcoal medium from coconut shells and driftwood found on the black sand beach near her home. Lately she has been adding video, performance and installation to her practice as a way to engage more with her viewer.
As a teenager in Quezon City, Katrina studied Industrial Design as her major at the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She continued her commitment to drawing and painting when she immigrated to the United States and attained her BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has been exhibited in the Philippines and the United States and she keeps studios in Quezon City, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in Newark and Montclair, New Jersey.