Kisa Kavass was born in Adelaide, South Australia to parents with deep roots in their Latvian and Russian heritage. At the age of five, her family moved over seas to begin a new life in the United States. Kisa lost her mother at the age of nine, but by then her mother had imparted in her an intense curiosity about the world and a fascination with nature. Her family’s travels took them around the United States and Europe before finally settling down in Nashville, Tennessee. Kisa gained degrees in both English and Art History from Vanderbilt University.
Fifteen years ago Kisa opened her portrait studio in a small historical town outside of Nashville, specializing in black and white portraiture printed in her studio darkroom. She has taught workshops on bookmaking, oil hand tinting and alternative polaroid film processes.
Her fine art work has been featured in Shots magazine and she has had photographs selected for many group shows around the country, including those juried by photographers Kim Weston, Susan Burnstine and Jack Spencer.
She focuses mentally, passionately and physically on her work and believes that all types of art are related to each other.