Born in Georgia (USA), Raised in Europe. Combining Renaissance ideals and concepts with borrowed contemporary media images, Natasha Zupan beautifully unites the old and new in her collage work. Yale-educated, and internationally renowned artist, Natasha combines the innovation of her highly crafted technique with her wonder for tradition and inspiration from the great Masters. Her clear, bright brush strokes and play of light and shadow are both rhythmic and youthful. The female figures in her paintings have an undeniable renaissance quality about then, but are reborn into our understanding of contemporary aesthetics. Their classical faces become modern nymph-like when combined with symbols of nature and beauty. Each figurative work harbors a unique and intricate personality. Powerfully expressive, they are at once pure, sensual, innocent yet beguiling.
An internationally acclaimed figure in the art world, Natasha shows annually throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, including a few exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia . The artist has also been a muse for the famous fashion label Larusmiani, Zang Toi and di Liborio as well as being commissioned by Atelier Swaroski to produce a Crystal Chandelier and Mattel to produce a painting about Barbie, to celebrate her 50th anniversary.
Natasha Zupan beautifully unites the old and new, combining the innovation of her highly crafted technique with her wonder for tradition and the great Masters. This body of work explores the manipulation of surface texture, light, and the interweaving of time. It is not about translating a world that already exists, but about an entrance into a different universe. A timeless, tactile world of sensation and overlapping memory.
She combines images from old masters, alchemical prints, contemporary artists, and bits from magazines and newspapers to create overlapping, intersecting worlds of transparencies and transformation. Colleges allow emotions to converge with the material, the juxtaposition of the past and present in an atmosphere of no time. She seeks baroque minimalism. The work is informed by romance, desire, disillusion, torment, ecstasy, dream, and myth. Her best works are erotic displays of mental confusion, particularly concerning relationships. She usually works in series to emphasize repetition and obsession.
Homage To Horst P. Horst
Natasha Zupan's body of work, 'Homage to Horst P. Horst', explores the manipulation of surface texture, light, and the interweaving of time. She has incorporated found images in books from Horst P. Horst into her collages. Time past and time future are united in a perpetual possibility of change. She tries to capture the resonances of evolution in various types of representation. It is not about translating a world that already exists, but about an entrance into a different universe. A timeless, tactile world of sensation and overlapping memory. Materials and emotions converge: The surface holds synthetic binders consisting mainly of layers of inks, acrylics, watercolors, pigments, photographs from books and digital images. These are imbued with altered states of feelings and archetypal references.