About Natasha Kornilova


Natasha Kornilova was born on May 28th, 1952 into the artists-architects family. She began to paint from her early childhood. As a child she took part in international contests of children art. In one of them which was organized by the “Shankar” magazine in Delhi she won the Jawaharlal Neru gold medal. In 1959 in children art contest in Warsaw organized by the Polish Radio Natasha Kornilova won the silver medal.


In 1970 Natasha Kornilova entered the Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine arts in Leningrad. She graduated from the Book Graphics Studio of Professor G.D. Epiphanov in 1976.


Since the very beginning of her career as an artist her work has been characterized by three “dimensions”. The first dimension is the surrounding world: her family, everyday life, the world of childhood, the process of creative search, contemporary city. All this the artist tends to show not though the landscape, objects or the interior, but through human characters.


The second “dimension” is classical literature: Pushkin, Shakespeare, Goldoni, Andersen. It should be mentioned that the graphic works of Natasha Kornilova are not literal interpretations of the plot, they are rather her thoughts about those books. The recent thoughts of the artist in this field have been concerned with Dante Alighieri. This commission has not been limited by any conditions on the part of the publisher. So, the outcome should be treated rather as the very first attempts of the artist to contemplate the work of a genius. And as a result they are not even united by a single graphic decision, format, or chronology of the narrative.


The third “dimension” can be formulated as follows: drawing with great professional skill, and showing deep understanding of various media the artist creates sharp and complex figurative works and expressive abstract compositions in monotype. Skillfully managing casual effects which can happen in the process of printing with polygraphic paints, Natasha Kornilova uses those effects to create unreal images and real characters, proving by her works that life is the theatre, and a theatre performance often becomes a reality.