Darina Karpov meticulously builds up her abstract paintings and drawings with multiple layers of illusionistic textures and shapes drawn in precise detail but set in an amorphous, multivalent space that manages to feel perfectly natural and totally illogical at the same time. In the words of the artist: "It helps me to think of the space as a kind of positive substance, active, vibrating, and malleable." Her work is characterized by intricate technique and her treatment of subjects that seem to transform and dissolve. She takes the idea of material – its texture, decay and disintegration – as the basis of her work. 

Karpov is a member of the first generation of contemporary artists to emerge from Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Moscow Institute of Technology, she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art before receiving an MFA from Yale University in 2001. She is represented by Pierogi Gallery, in New York where she had five solo shows. She also exhibited with Hales Gallery, London. She was included in group shows at Neuberger Museum, DeCordova Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art. Karpov’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections such as Princeton University Art Museum, West Collection, and Zabludowicz Trust, London. She is a recipient of 2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, 2011 Leon Levy Foundation Grant, and 2008 National Academy’s William Paton Prize. She was awarded fellowships at McDowell Colony, Yaddo, two printmaking residencies at the Lower East Side Print Shop and Ucross Foundation Residency. Her work was recently featured in “Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia,” by Hossein Amirsadeghi, Thames & Hudson. 


Ignis Fatuus, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Sudden Leap into the Interior, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY 2012 New Paintings, Hales Gallery, London
Wayward, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Infinitely Small Disasters, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY 2007 New Work, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY


Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood, Curated by Darren Aronofsky, Storefront Gallery, New York, NY
Idiom I, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Hypertrophic Visions, New York Center for Arts & Media Studies, New York, NY 2012 Editions ’12: Exhibition and Catalogue launch for 2012 Special Editions Residency,
Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY. 2011 Told, Hales Gallery, London
Windows and the Stories, Waiting Room, Tokyo
Rendered, A Stark Unreal, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs
2010 Nature, Once Removed: Flora and Fauna in Contemporary Drawing, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York
Drawing Systems, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 2009 Insomnia, Pace University, New York, NY
Drawings, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Cream, no sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Hypothetical Landscape, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
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.
2008 Vou-te contar uma história: Let me tell you a story, Porta 33, Funchal, Ilha da Madeira Portugal Ultra Concentrated Joy, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
BAM Next Wave Visual Arts Program, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Gray Scale, Pierogi Leipzig, (September–October) (Three-person)
Drawn to Detail, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Order Desire Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy, NY
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase 2007 Hela Havet Stormar (The Whole Sea is Storming), Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany
Block Party II, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Flatfiling, Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
2006 Special Reconnaissance, gigantic artspace, New York, NY Summer Group Show, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Inaugural Exhibition, Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany
Coupling, Rosenberg Gallery NYU, New York, NY
2005 into_the_far_nature, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2001 MFA, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
1998 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD 1991 Moscow Institute of Technology, St. Petersburg, Russia


2012 Yaddo Corporation, Artists Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY 2011 Special Editions Residency Program, Lower East Side Print Shop 2011 Leon Levy Foundation Grant
2011 MacDowell Colony Residency, Peterborough, NH
2011 Virginia Center for Creative Art Residency, Amherst, VA
2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
2008 Willliam A. Paton Prize for Watercolor, National Academy Museum 2008 Keyholder Residency Program, Lower East Side Print Shop
2007 West Collection Short List
2001 Bradbury Thompson Memorial Prize, Yale School of Art
2001 Carl Purlington Rollins Fellowship, Yale School of Art


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Goings on About Town, The New Yorker, February 5, 2007
The Review Panel, Brooklyn Special, presented by Pratt Institute & artcritical.com, January 19, 2007 Barnes, Freire. “The Devil’s in the Details” Bon Magazine International, Issue 11, 2007
Editions ’12, Catalogue for 2012 Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY, 2012 Amirsadeghi, Hossein, ed. Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Thames & Hudson, 2011
Draw, Museo De La Ciudado De Mexico, Exhibition Catalogue, 2010
Drawn to Detail deCordova Museum, Exhibition Catalogue, 2009
“Sudden Appearances into Vanishing,” ESOPUS, Fall 2008
“n+4 Literary New York” das gefrorene meer, Winter 2008
“Juried Exhibitions-In-Print,” 2008 New American Paintings, 2008
Colombo, Paolo, et al. Order Desire Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Catalogue. Dublin, 2008 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National
Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, Exhibition Catalogue, 2008


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, artist talk 2006 UC Davic, CA, visiting artist
2008 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Introductory Drawing, studio tour, artist talk


Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA West Collection, Oaks, PA, USA
Zabludowicz Trust, London, UK
Aspen Art Collection, USA
Mercedes Vilardell Collection, Spain







Pierogi Gallery, New York, USA

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