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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. 

Inquiries

For availability of original works, terms of sales, commissions, or to collaborate please contact:

info.mkreyn@gmail.com

EDUCATION

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

School of Representational Art, Chicago, 2005-2006

Angel Studios, Toronto, 2004

HIGHLIGHTED EXHIBITIONS

2018

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”

2017 

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

Fair. Bombay Beach Biennale. Bombay Beach, CA

2016 

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

2015 

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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" 

2011

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

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

FURTHER EXHIBITIONS

2018

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

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

2017

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

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

2016

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

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

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

2015

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

2014

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

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

2013

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”

2012

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" 

2011

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

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

CURATORIAL

2013

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

RESIDENCY

2017

Fabien Fryns Chapel Residency, Marbella, Spain

2014 

Eileen Kaminsky Foundation Residency, MANA Contemporary 

TELEVISION

2016-2017

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

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

2018

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: https://www.russianartandculture.com/heist-gallery-presents-maria-kreyns-polyphony-

Wall Street International magazine: https://wsimag.com/art/37855-maria-kreyn-polyphony 

Schön! Magazine: https://schonmagazine.com/interview-maria-kreyn/ 

Fad Magazine: https://fadmagazine.com/2018/05/02/maria-kreyn/ 

Country & Townhouse magazine: https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/culture/an-artist-with-a-millennials-eye-and-old-masters-hand/ 

London GO on London Live: Television interview with Luke Blackhall

2017

The Blue Review exhibition review: https://thebluereview.net/may-you-live-in-interesting-times-reviewed-by-lauren-amalia-redding-60a10c4f3e83 

Whitehot Magazine solo exhibition review: https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/by-maria-kreyn-evan-kitson/3743

Artzealous: http://artzealous.com/sneak-peek-booth-gallery-presents-maria-kreyn/

Juxtapoz Magazine: https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/sculpture/maria-kreyn-and-ronit-baranga-at-booth-gallery/

Artcritical: http://www.artcritical.com/listings-week

Whitehot Magazine feature: https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/maria-kreyn-s-breakout-moment/3679

Bombay Beach Biennale:

New York Times: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/california-today-bombay-beach-biennale.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com

LA Weekly: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/bombay-beach-biennale-is-a-radical-art-fest-in-a-post-apocalyptic-beach-town-on-the-salton-sea-8139477

Vice: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/the-art-biennale-held-on-the-shores-of-a-toxic-lake

Whitehot Magazine by Donald Kuspit: https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/donald-kuspit-on-contemporary-physiognomists/3611

Figurative Artists Handbook: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s_ss_i_0_7?k=figurative+artist%27s+handbook&sprefix=figurat

ArtWeek interview: http://www.artweek.com/interview/fine-art/shes-had-her-work-featured-catch-find-out-more-about-her-style-and-her-multi#

Klassik Magazine Interview: http://www.klassikmagazine.com/maria-kreyn/

Cultural Studies Center interview: http://www.nccsc.net/studio-visits-allison/studio-maria-kreyn

Beautiful Savage Magazine Interview: http://beautifulsavage.com/design/interview-painter-maria-kreyn/

2016

New Museum Los Gatos: Et Arcadia in Ego

Metroactive: http://www.metroactive.com/arts/Et-in-Arcadia-Ego-NUMU-Los-Gatos-Group-Show.html

Juxtapoz Magazine: http://www.juxtapoz.com/news/painting/et-arcadia-ego-new-contemporary-at-new-museum-los-gatos/

Female Gaze

WhiteHot Magazine: http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/nude-opens-tuesday-in-tribeca/3405

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/whos-afraid-of-the-female-gaze_us_57238117e4b0b49df6ab19bc

Booooooom online magazine feature: http://www.booooooom.com/2016/04/29/artist-spotlight-maria-kreyn/

2015

Huffington Post feature, "Figurative Artists Rule Again: 3 of the Art World's Greatest” :http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malcolm-harris/figurative-artists-rule-a_b_8722502.html

The Moth magazine feature. Ireland. Summer 2015

Juxtapoz Magazine print feature:  http://www.juxtapoz.com/tag/maria-kreyn

2014

Poets Artists Magazine. “The Power of Drawing.”

Huffington Post Feature: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malcolm-harris/women-in-art-5-rising art_b_6140078.html

Fine Art Connoisseur: http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/Figurative-Artist-Included-in-Cutting-Edge-Contemp/17756905

2013

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

Press release: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d193206edc/files/

http://www.thamesandhudson.com/asalist.html

New York Natives: Stuart Braunstein, video interview and feature in New York Natives: http://newyorknatives.com/native-underground-maria-kreyns-different-strokes/#.Uo0Hn_buUfE

WOW Talk at Apple Store, Soho, NYC: https://soundcloud.com/wow-talks/artny-maria-kreyn

Combustus Magazine. Interview: http://www.combustus.com/13/maria-kreyn/

2012

Vincent Zambrano, Video interview: http://vimeo.com/53131095

Evolver.net: http://www.realitysandwich.com/maria_kreyn_art

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

ArteFuze interview: http://artefuse.com/2012/09/15-questions-for-artist-maria-kreyn/

New York Times, Ken Johnson, group show review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/arts/design/the-double-dirty-dozen-friends.html

L Magazine, Paddy Johnson, group show review, 2012: http://www.thelmagazine.com/newyork/with-genitals-maybe-less-is-more/Content?oid=2258142

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

2011

Vincent Zambrano, video interview, "Messengers"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB4DArnZDuc

ArteFuse: About messengers, solo exhibition : http://artefuse.com/2011/08/maria-kreyn-messengers-2011/