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Maria Kreyn is a Russian born artist, educated in drawing at SORA (School of Representational Art), and at the University of Chicago (in math and philosophy). Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the United States and Europe, and has traveled to multiple museums in China.

Reprising art historical conventions of the Baroque and Romantic periods, Maria’s paintings can be best described as a re-mix of familiar pictorial tropes and iconographies that communicate through a combination of allegory, masterfully rendered figures, and mysterious scenes which are neither of a specific time nor place. Kreyn’s compositions are not strictly traditional. While deriving their technical foundations from old master works, she reframes these techniques and expands their pictorial vocabulary into a realm of stirring emotional narratives, unique personal histories, and surreal fictions. From a predominantly female, even androgynous, perspective, Kreyn tells a story of human intimacy and ceremony, investigating the liminal state of connection and detachment. 

Maria lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 


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University of Chicago, (mathematics/philosophy), class of 2009

School of Representational Art, Chicago, 2005-2006

Angel Studios, Toronto, 2004



Solo show. Fabien Fryns Chapel (Fabien Fryns Fine Art), Marbella, Spain “How to Become a Cloud” 

Solo show. Welsh Chapel (Heist Gallery), London, UK. “Polyphony” 

Group show. Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC. “Summer of Love”


Solo show. Booth Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, "May you live in interesting times”

Fair. Bombay Beach Biennale. Bombay Beach, CA


Museum group show. NuMuseum Los Gatos. "Et Arcadia in Ego.”


Group show. Elga Wilmer Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, "60 Americans,”


Group show. Leila Heller Gallery: Southhampton Art Center. 'Close Up: Contemporary Portraiture’

Group show. Lyons Wier Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, "Voyeur,"

Group show. Leila Heller Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, "Look at Me," curated by Beth DeWoody, Paul Morris


Curated. Mark Miller Gallery, NYC, "Compulsion,"

Three person group show. Highline Loft, Chelsea NYC, “Incarnations"

Museum group show. Tianjin Art Museum, ACOPAL, Tianjin, China

Museum group show.Hubei Provincial Museum, ACOPAL, Wuhan, China

Museum group show. Zhejiang Provincial Museum, ACOPAL, Hangzhou, China

Museum group show. Shanghai Art Museum, ACOPAL, Shanghai, China


Solo show. End of Century Gallery, New York City, solo show, "However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light" 

Museum group show. Beijing World Art Museum, ACOPAL, Beijing, China

Museum group show. Dalian Modern Museum, ACOPAL, Dalian, China

Group show. Freight + Volume: NYC, "Double Dirty Dozen" 


Museum group show. Butler Institute of American Art Museum: ACOPAL

Solo Show. Pan Galleri: Oslo, Norway, "Messengers"



Group show. Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC. “Summer of Love”

Group show. Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. “Painting Now”


Group show. Booth Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, "Psychological Realism”

Museum group show. Cal Lutheran University. CA. "Et Arcadia in Ego"


Group show.The Lodge Gallery, NYC. "Point of Origin"

Group show. Untitled-Space, NYC. "In the Raw"

Group show. Stephanie Chefas Projects, CA. “Selfie"


Group show. Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC. “Magica Sexualis” 

Group show. Q Art Salon. Santa Ana, CA. “Drawn In II” 

Group show. Portraits, Inc. NYC. "Blue Drawings"

Group show. Sirona Fine Arts, Hallandale, Fl. "Artist's Gaze"

Fair. Art Palm Beach, SIrona Fina Arts


Group show. Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. "Giants Among Us"

Group show. CO exhibitions, Minneapolis, MN, "Effigy and Exile"


Group show. Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, "Women Painting Women" 

Fair. Dacia Gallery, NYC, Fountain Fair

Group show. Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, "Starter Kit”

Group show. Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA, "Figured Out”


Group show. Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, “Crucifixion"

Fair. Broadway Gallery, Miami Basel, Fountain Fair, Verge Fair

Group show. 25CPW Gallery, New York City, "Converge"

Group show. Corey Helford: Los Angeles, "Motion"

Group show. Milavek Hakimi: NYC, "Drawn In”

Group show. Corey Helford Gallery: Los Angeles, "Hookers"

Group show. The Cell: Chelsea, New York City, "Line" 


Group show. National Arts Club: New York City, NY, "ACOPAL"

Two person show. Art Cube Gallery: Laguna, CA, "Double Vision" 



Mark Miller Gallery, "Compulsion," co-curated with Dina Brodsky



Fabien Fryns Chapel Residency, Marbella, Spain


Eileen Kaminsky Foundation Residency, MANA Contemporary 



ABC created a TV show about “Alone Together” — Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch 



Vanity Fair on Art: Feature article written by editor Nick Foulkes

BA High life - British Airways in flight magazine feature

Russian Art + Culture magazine review:

Wall Street International magazine: 

Schön! Magazine: 

Fad Magazine: 

Country & Townhouse magazine: 

London GO on London Live: Television interview with Luke Blackhall


The Blue Review exhibition review: 

Whitehot Magazine solo exhibition review:


Juxtapoz Magazine:


Whitehot Magazine feature:

Bombay Beach Biennale:

New York Times:

LA Weekly:


Whitehot Magazine by Donald Kuspit:

Figurative Artists Handbook:

ArtWeek interview:

Klassik Magazine Interview:

Cultural Studies Center interview:

Beautiful Savage Magazine Interview:


New Museum Los Gatos: Et Arcadia in Ego


Juxtapoz Magazine:

Female Gaze

WhiteHot Magazine:

Huffington Post:

Booooooom online magazine feature:


Huffington Post feature, "Figurative Artists Rule Again: 3 of the Art World's Greatest” :

The Moth magazine feature. Ireland. Summer 2015

Juxtapoz Magazine print feature:


Poets Artists Magazine. “The Power of Drawing.”

Huffington Post Feature: art_b_6140078.html

Fine Art Connoisseur:


Art Studio America Book feature alongside Marina Abramovic, John Currin, Alex Katz, and others

Press release:

New York Natives: Stuart Braunstein, video interview and feature in New York Natives:

WOW Talk at Apple Store, Soho, NYC:

Combustus Magazine. Interview:


Vincent Zambrano, Video interview:

American Artist Magazine feature: Article "25 artists of tomorrow," American Artist, September 2012

ArteFuze interview:

New York Times, Ken Johnson, group show review:

L Magazine, Paddy Johnson, group show review, 2012:

American Art Collector magazine feature: ”Of the earth,"


Vincent Zambrano, video interview, "Messengers"

ArteFuse: About messengers, solo exhibition :