Kotryna Zukauskaite

We really admire the fantastic work of Lithuanian artist Kotryna Zukauskaite (aka Kata). Kata is a 27 year old illustrator currently working from  her hometown Vilnius, Lithuania, although she has previous lived and studied in London and Moscow.

Her geometric and textured work is heavily inspired by Eastern European posters of 20th century, especially Polish poster art, as well as the aesthetics of modern collages and infographics. Almost all her work is commissioned by clients and themes vary from science and technology, to corporate and institutional issues, book reviews, health care, travel & lifestyle. In the future, she hopes to illustrate more architecture and political subjects.

Kata is arguably most well-known for her editorial commissions (her impressive client list includes The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Stanford Medicine, New Scientist, Scientific American and many others). When working on an editorial piece, Kata aims to base the artwork on a particular (most often verbal) concept, and then express it in graphic manner by excluding everything that does not contribute to that concept. She believes pure geometry (isometry) is great when it comes to not overshadowing the concept itself. 

Kata is also a passionate city building game addict and a heavy coffee drinker. She loves a good read (ideally on a balcony) and listens to the Charlie Rose show, TED, or Neil de Grass talking on YouTube while she works. She comes from a family of scientists, so she says she definitely has a ‘nerdy gene’ in her blood. She says her head is full of random scientific and historic facts that are not connected in any logical order, but they certainly help to start a conversation. 

Kata’s geometric and textured work is heavily inspired by Eastern European posters of 20th century, especially Polish poster art, as well as the aesthetics of modern collages and infographics

Andrzej Klimowski & Danusia Schejbal

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