Kalina Ivanov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1979, during the height of communism, she escaped with her parents and landed in New York.
Kalina's design philosophy is to immerse herself in the script, fully embody the characters and reveal their history through color, texture and architecture in a visually original way.
In addition to THE CONSPIRATOR, Kalina's projects as production designer include the critically acclaimed film GREY GARDENS, for which she received an Emmy and Art Director's Guild awards, the Oscar nominated LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and films such as MADE OF HONOR, MY SASSY GIRL, SMOKE, UPTOWN GIRLS, BROWN SUGAR, SWIMFAN, MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM, HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, RABBIT HOLE.
Kalina received her BFA from NYU/TSOA - Design Department and her MFA from NYU/TSOA - Film Department. She graduated with honors from both.
Her designs have been exhibited at Lincoln Center.