Kinga Araya was born in Poland. As an art history student at the Catholic University in Lublin (KUL) she defected in Florence, Italy in 1988, literally walking away from the trip. Araya immigrated to Canada in 1990 where she pursued her education and launched her career as an artist and art historian.
Araya earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Ottawa and Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) from York University. At Concordia University in Montreal she obtained a PhD in both Art History and Visual Arts.
After teaching art history and studio arts for fifteen years in North America, she moved to Rome, Italy in 2010 to pursue her artistic and academic research projects.