About the Artist > Press Excerpts
"The Advocate and Greenwich Time, September 12, 2004
"The Diet Show" marries a unique modernist language to conceptualism by way of a contemporary theme. Here Karpinskaia enters the largely unexplored territory claimed by an iconic post-feminist conceptual work of the last decade... Here, at last, we find a new form derived from the interplay between such opposites as personal/universal, private/public and fashion/art. the result is an authentic feminine response to both modernism and conceptualism that delivers new social relevance into the contemporary art scene... the bold visual language she has relentlessly developed ... arrived at a powerful insight. Karpinskaia, a native Russian with a string of advanced degrees, moves the tired masculine rites of conceptualism into a refreshing and bold feminine realism redefining the body as a source of inspiration."
by L.P. Streitfeld, "Silvermine pushes into New Directions".
The Advocate, May 15, 2005
"Natasha Karpinskaia, a virtual fount of creativity and talent, just can't seem to stop making pictures.For years she courageously placed her development from art scholar to practicing artist in full view of the public.
Karpinskaia has you wondering if her meteoric rise as a self-determined artist can be genetic - something evolving out of the Russian soul, long repressed by totalitarianism yet refusing to swing to its opposite - American materialism. The result happens to be chairs that are so alluring in their charm that they insist on being more than an object, more than a symbol, but comand an astonishing presence all their own.
by L.P. Streitfeld, "Pull Up a Seat: Haviland Street Gallery has a Winner".
The Advocate, June 20, 2004
"This stunning exhibition bursts with vitality and color, a rewarding creative adventure for artist and viewer alike.... This lush series of animated pictures was produced over a short period of time. Surfaces throb with the vitality of a deeply embedded longing - depths of soul seeking communion with spirit. Working rapidly from the unconscious, Karpinskaia achieves multilayered narratives through multiple print runs.
by L.P. Streitfeld, "Chaos Meets Order in Karpinskaia's "Mini Pix".
Wilton Bulletin, November 2004
"Brilliant colors, lush surfaces and a sense of humor"have been the words to describe Natasha Karpinskaia's work... Ms. Karpinskaia starts with an idea and lets her imagination take over. It is an imagination nourished by years as an art historian in russia. She was a curator in Moscow's largest museum of Russian art, has a master's degree in art history from the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and another in English and French linguistics from Moscow University. She is completing her dissertation on American and Russian landscape painting for her Ph.D. at Columbia.
by Lois H. Alcosser, "Russian art historian, painter showcases 'wonderful side of life'.
Wilton Villager, February 3, 2006
"Her visual vocabulary draws on her academic knowledge of symbolism and its power to convey information emotionally as well as intellectually. Karpinskaia's most recent works are complex abstract monoprints: rich with layers of color and texture, the pieces invite extensive viewing and interpretation".