ARTIST PROFILE: New York Artist Maria Kreyn's Breakout Moment [PREVIEW]

Hailing from Niznii Novgorod, Russia and currently living in Williamsburg, Maria Kreyn sets herself apart from the formal abstraction often associated with contemporary art with her figurative, Renaissance- and Baroque-inspired painterly style. Although she studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Chicago, “there was no doubt in my mind [...] that I was going to be a painter.” She cites her education, both institutional and self-directed, as integral to her development as an artist: her academic background allowed her to realize her interests in philosophy and "the creativity of science," while her time abroad painting in Europe helped her learn "to love the rigors of art," studying the techniques of Caravaggio and Leonardo, among other Old Masters...
Photo of the artist by Matt Edge.
You can read the rest of this profile at Whitehot Magazine.