Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand
Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand is a Sicangu Lakota and Cherokee artist that hails from Taos, New Mexico. Her passion for community and social justice has led her to speak on matters of equality and cultural representation in pop culture. She has spoken on such matters at colleges, schools, conventions, and art festivals. She studied Media Arts and Animation for four years at the Art Institute of Colorado and is an entrepreneur with big dreams. Kristina has started two businesses, Bad Hand Illustrations in which she works freelance in illustration and as a graphic designer specializing in branding, product and logo design, and áyA Studios LLC. a publishing and media company that focuses on the empowerment and enrichment of independent artists. She has 10 years of experience in after-school and summer programs. Most notably for her work with Pop Culture Classroom in their comic-based literacy curriculum and as a Community Liaison with Jeffco Indian Education; providing social-emotional, cultural and academic support through arts to American Indian students K-12.
Kristina grew up traveling, singing and dancing with her family at powwows. She spent most of her high school career independently experimenting with mixed media, participating in youth art shows, painting murals and doing set design for her high school drama class. She entered the realm of comic and book illustration in 2013 and has been published seven times since. She remains strongly connected to her artistic network and community and can be found helping out with special events and story-based learning projects.