25" x 27"
Donated by the artist
Natalia Pohrebinska (born in Kyiv, Ukraine) came of age as an artist during the heroic years of Abstract Expressionism. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (1958-1962). George McNeill, a prominent faculty member, was a strong supporter of her work. Philip Guston was an important influence on her, both as a mentor and friend. Richard Lindner, an artist outside the Abstract Expressionist orbit who taught at Pratt, referred to her “virtuoso brushstroke.” She also benefited greatly from her acquaintanceship with Wilhelm de Kooning. She was the first abstract expressionist artist allowed into the Soviet Union, where she lectured and took part in open studio painting workshops, and where she met Norman Rockwell who became an admirer of her work. The rich tradition of Ukraine’s colorful folk art has impacted many aspects of Pohrebinska’s work. Her earliest teacher was Ludmilla Morozova, a Ukrainian artist who introduced the young student to color’s potential. The uniqueness of Pohrebinska’s art lies in the artist’s ability to address varied realities in which she moves seamlessly between the conscious and subconscious. Her deeply charged symbols, articulated with consummate, expressive skill, define her special visions of the world.