Vera Iliatova

Drift

April 13 - May 20, 2017

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present its premiere exhibition of new paintings by Vera Iliatova. The exhibition will display a range of medium to large scale works on canvas painted from the last three years. Iliatova’s work employs metaphors of flowers, female figures or other cryptic objects which meld together in curiously disconnected perspectives. Her psychologically charged canvases often depict women at various stages of life at instances of impending melodramas either with each other or themselves which can create an atmosphere of uncertainty in the painterly mise-en-scène they happen to be peopling. Iliatova’s brushwork and flowers weave over the figures washing possible narratives into ambiguity where the experience of seeing becomes a sifting through her lyrically paintings.

Vera Iliatova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the United States when she was 16. Eventually she would go on to receive a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University as well as studying at the Skowhegan School of Art. Iliatova has exhibited widely across the country as well as internationally with shows in Italy, Germany and Denmark. Iliatova has been teaching at Sarah Lawrence College for the past three years and is a critic of painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.