Natalia Koren Kropf
Painting / Sculpture / Prints
I refer to life as to a process. I prefer printmaking media for its technical complexity and visual simplicity - a print on a clean paper, where less implies more, where simple becomes capacious. To me prints are like poems - they are hand-printed notes on current thoughts, potent fragments of feelings and sketches of my surroundings. The layering of prints brings forth multi-layered thoughts and memories. I combine prints into one composition to convey the challenges and joys in the life of a contemporary artist. I believe that the silent power of formal elements, such as color, lines, and movement, is capable of transforming the viewer into the realm of physical harmony, emotional balance, and transcendental attunement. My classical education provides a sound foundation for my work with reference and reverence to masters that are influential in forming my own aesthetic. Such artists include Henri Matisse, Joan Mitchell, Henri Moore, Helen Frankenthaller, Hokusai, and, naturally, the Russian Constructivists.
Natalia Koren Kropf is a New York-based artist, working in drawing, printmaking, collage, water-based painting, ceramic sculpture, and photography. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalia is a classically trained artist who is inspired by the multi-faceted art life of New York City. Finding her own lyrical voice in its cultural polyphony remains a reoccurring theme in her art, that she refers to as visual poems. The artist's works were exhibited at various venues, including New York University East Galleries, Parsons School of Design Gallery, International Print Center of New York, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, CT; Silvermine Artists Guild, CT; Monotype of New England; Lynn Art Museum, MA; Arts Club of Washington DC; New York Public Library, Art Students League of New York. Natalia Koren Kropf’s works are in private collections in Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland, Russia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Japan, Lesotho and throughout the United States. Natalia enjoys teaching fine art to children in her private studio. She also conducts community art workshops for adults in New York Public Libraries. Natalia Koren Kropf is a member of Monotype Guild of New England, Pushkin Society Artists Guild and National Association of Women Artists where she serves as the NAWA President.