Darina Karpov Bio

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Darina Karpov was born in St.Petersburg, Russia.

“I am fortunate to closely witness the development of Darina’s art practice over the period of two decades. I have very close emotional connection to Darina’s work as it comes from the experience of growing up at the verge of economic and political collapse of the Soviet Union and immigrating to the US in the early 90’s. Darina’s works awe me with their nuanced formal and narrative complexities. In her elaborate works on paper that comprise drawing, watercolor, collage as well as various printmaking techniques, Darina explores the complex experience of leaving the country of one’s birth for political reasons. Darina’s works contain feelings of loss, confusion, anger, anxiety, hope and nostalgia, and reference a wide range of sources such as Soviet era posters, children’s book illustrations, elements of constructivist design and film and animation stills. There is a very unique sense of touch in the way that Darina uses the materials in making her images. The visual experiences Darina’s work presents itself with an urgency of someone who is using all their resources to communicate an idea.”
—Vera Iliatova


Saint Petersburg, Russia. 1973

2001 MFA, Yale University School of Art
New Haven, CT
1998 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD
1990–91 Moscow Institute of Technology
St Petersburg, Russia

Between the no-longer and the still-to-come, Pierogi, New York, NY (22 Feb–23 May)

Ignis Fatuus, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (8 May–7 June)
Sudden Leap Into the Interior, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (15 February–17 March)
Darina Karpov: New Paintings, Hales Gallery, London (20 January – 25 February)
Wayward, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (2 July -1 August)
Infinitely Small Disasters, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (23 May–23 June)
New Work, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Draw: International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia
unSEEN: The Unpredictable Forms of Drawing, Dots Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
Make Art Not War: Pierogi for Peace, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Pulp, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Les Fleurs du Mal, Pierogi, New York, NY
Traces, Pierogi, New York, NY
Double Down, Pierogi, New York, NY
Nature/Nurture, Salisbury University Art Galleries, Salisbury, MD
Rage for Art (Once Again), Pierogi, New York, NY
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (5 September – 5 October)
Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood, 462 West Broadway, New York, NY. Curated by Darren Aronofsky
Idiom I, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Hypertrophic Visions
, New York Center for Arts & Media Studies, New York (March)
Editions ’12: Exhibition and Catalogue Launch for 2012 Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
Told, Hales Gallery, London (25 February – 2 April)
Windows and the Stories, Waiting Room, Tokyo (16 July – 13 August )
Rendered, A Stark Unreal, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs (14 March – 15 April)
Nature, Once Removed: The (Un) Natural World in Contemporary Drawing, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY. Curated by Sean McCarthy
(February 3–May 4)
Drawing Systems, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Curated by Susan Swenson (30 August – 22 October)
Insomnia, Pace University, New York, NY
Drawings, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY (18 June – 7 August)
Cream, no sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (26 June – 26 July)
Hypothetical Landscapes, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. (April 29-May 24)
Curated by Greg Lindquist
Paperwork II, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Urbane Development, Spring Exhibition, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY. Selected by Joe Fig
Winter Exhibition, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY. Selected by Fabienne Lasserre
Printshop Benefit 2009, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
Vou-te contar uma história: Let me tell you a story, Porta 33, Funchal, Ilha de Madeira Portugal
Ultra Concentrated Joy, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (12 November – 14 December)
BAM Next Wave Visual Arts Program, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (September – December)
Landschaft Endecken [Discovering Landscape], Orangeriemuseum, Gera Germany
Drawn to Detail, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (August 30, 2007–January 4, 2009)
Gray Scale, Pierogi Leipzig, (September–October) (Three-person)
Order Desire Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (July 12–August 23)
183rd Annual Exhibition: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of
Design, New York, NY (May 29–September 7)
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Curated by Dede Young
(May 11–July 20)
Block Party II: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
(June 30–Aug 18)
Hela Havet Stormar (The Whole Sea Is Storming), Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany
(Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (June 1–July 30)
Flatfiling, Pierogi / Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany (May 18–June 23)
One-person: New Work, Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York
Special Reconnaissance, gigantic art space, New York, NY
Coupling, Rosenberg Gallery NYU, New York, NY
Inaugural Exhibition, Pierogi Leipzig, Germany (Group Exhibition)
into_the_far_nature, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of Art

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. Grant
Ucross Foundation Residency

Yaddo Corporation, Artists Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY
Special Editions Residency Program, Lower East Side Print Shop
Leon Levy Foundation Grant
Virginia Center for Creative Art Residency, Amherst, VA
MacDowell Colony Residency, Peterborough, NY
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Keyholder Residency Program, Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY
William A. Paton Prize for Watercolor, National Academy Museum
West Collection Short List
Bradbury Thompson Memorial Prize, Yale School of Art
Carl Purlington Rollins Fellowship, Yale School of Art

2019 Ithaca College, guest critic, artist talk
2015 Sarah Lawrence College, studio visit, artist talk
2015 Parsons School of Design, guest artist
2013 KGB Bar, Artist Talk, Creative Diaspora Series, curated by Yulia Tikhonova
2012 RISD, Painting Department, drawing Instructor
2012 Columbia University, School of Architecture, visiting artist
2010 Lafayette College, Easton, PA, visiting artist
2009 Christie’s Eductation Master’s Program, New York, Art Connoisseurship seminar, studio tour
2006 UC Davic, CA, visiting artist
2008 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Introductory Drawing, studio tour, artist talk

Chidester, Brian. “Ingis Fatuus by Darina Karpov,” NYCEphemera.com, June 12, 2015
“Darina Karpov at Pierogi, March 2013,” video interview on GorkysGrandaughter.com
“Editions ’12” Catalogue for 2012 Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY, 2012
Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Hossein Amirsadeghi, Thames & Hudson
Frank, Andrew. “Darina Karpov: Painting Q&A, BOMB Blog, 2010
Terry, Justin. “Hypothetical Landscapes at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery,” ArtCritical, May, 2009
“n+4 Literary New York,” das gefrorene meer, Winter 2008
Aishman, Steve. Exhibition Review, Beautiful Decay, Issue X, Fall 2008
“Sudden Appearances Into Vanishing,” ESOPUS, Fall 2008 (reproductions of 5 works)
McAdams, Shane. “Darina Karpov, Infinitely Small Disasters,” The Brooklyn Rail, July 2008
Kunitz, Daniel. “The National Academy Museum’s Grab-Bag Anthology,” The New York Sun, June 5, 2008
Pearse, Emma. “Artist Darina Karpov’s Purple Hills,” New York Magazine, June 11, 2008
“Darina Karpov: Infinitely Small Disasters,” TimeOut New York, Exhibits and Shows in Brooklyn, June 2008
“Juried Exhibitions-In-Print,” 2008 New American Paintings
Cohen, David. “Summer Gallery-Going: Hanging the Group Shows,” The New York Sun, May 27 2008
Texts by Paolo Colombo, Catherine Lampert, and Enrique Juncosa, 2008
Order Desire Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Exhibition Catalogue
183rd Annual: An Invitiational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, Exhibition Catalogue, 2008
“Darina Karpov: Infinitely Small Disasters,” Flavorpill, May 2008
Wyndham, Constance. “Darina Karpov at Pierogi,” Art in America, September 2007
“The Garden of Eden,” Someone’s Garden, Tokyo, Issue 1, February 2007
“Goings on About Town,” The New Yorker, January 2, 2007
The Review Panel, Brooklyn Special presented by Pratt Institute & artcritical.com
West, Paige. “Seen and bought at the Armory,” Art Addict, March 09, 2006

Princeton Art Museum
The West Collection
Zabludowicz Collection
Aspen Art Collection
Various private collections