Born in Armenia, Kristina Nazarevskaia was raised in Moscow and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before coming to America in the early 90’s. From Art History at Hunter College to Film Production and Art Business at New York University, Kristina’s experiences unified within her a profound need for and a unique language of self -expression.
Much of Kristina’s work (REFLECTIONS and DUALITIES series) is an examination of complex social concepts, seen through the eyes of an observer and expressed through the traditional tools of fine art. In her large-scale paintings Kristina often looks at the communicative and behavioral dynamics within societies and subsequent differences in expression of these behaviors.
In contrast, her works on paper — TUMBLED, ARCH and SPHERE series of watercolors and gouache on paper — often examine the relationship and the viewer’s perception of space, weight, color and line. For their approach and treatment of materials Richard Serra, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn and Franz Kline have all been quoted as major influences in her work
Paintings from the RAIN series were inspired in part by the great Italian writer, Italo Calvino and his classic story If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. The paintings, executed in method known as “action painting”, are created using a series of thin semi-transparent glazes and opaque pigments alternately applied and removed by the artist over the course of several months. The resulting works, featured in many films and TV series, including Sex and the City, White Collar, Gossip Girl, Price Check, Flesh and Bone, Back in the Day, among others, represent the artist’s unique visual interpretation of major literary and philosophical themes.
In 2012 after successfully completing a the Art Business program at New York University, Krisitna co-founded galleryIntell – a unique and first of its kind, premier art education and advisory platform that brings the best of the contemporary art to existing and aspiring art collectors through unique video interviews and exhibition recommendations. The platform’s advisors curate a wide selection of venues, with focus on Contemporary, Modern, Post-War art and Photography to help collectors develop comprehensive tools for building and growing revenant private and corporate art collections. You can find Kristina’s art criticism and exhibition recommendations here.