<- Natalia Grezina

Natalia Grezina was born in 1987 in Sevastopol, Crimea. She graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Sevastopol branch of the Moscow State University with a degree in Geography and Social Ecology; and from the School of Contemporary Art by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In 2010—2016 worked as an illustrator and graphic designer.

Natalia creates soft sculptures, objects, and installations, using embroidery, sewing and various arti cial and natural materials. Her main topics are post-memory, the in uence
of historical heritage on personality, and the relationships between human culture and the natural environment. In her works, Natalia often refers to the allegorical language of fairy tales and myths, as well as to archetypal cultural images.

Since 2018 lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Personal exhibitions
2023 — Spring KUUB Space, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2023 — Shimmering Land (with Anton Yermolov) Chrysalid gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2021 — The Water Seemed Smooth (with Kirill Basalaev) ADH Studio, Moscow, Russia
2020 — Sunken Garden, Chrysalid gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 — “Gift”, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
2019 — “Under the mountain”, CCI Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
2019 — “The black sea always turns red”, Raw Streetphoto gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2018 — “Fame”, Elektrozavod gallery, Moscow, Russia

Selected group exhibitions
2023 — Galatea Kunstprijs, Dordrechtsmuseum, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
2023 — A Public A air, Dead Darlings, Amsterdam Art Week, the Netherlands
2023 — Subject:Transition, Baanhof, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2023 — about A woman - IN YOUR FACE, 701, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2022 — Counterbodies, De Achtertuin, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2022 — Big Art, Bajeskwartier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2022 — On Top of the Crystal Mountain, Excelsior Studios, London, UK
2021 — Counterbodies De Achtertuin, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2021 — The Fifth Wave Schusev’s Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia
2021 — What Do Mermaids Sing About Artetage, Vladivostok, Russia
2020 — Masks of Time, Ural Vision gallery, Ekaterinburg, Russia
2020 — Radical Cleansing, Park gallery, Moscow, Russia
2019 — “Blood in the corner of the eye”, The others art fair, Rurin, Italy
2019 — “Technogenic”, Hiedanrannan Kartano, Tampere, Finland
2019 — “Will you be a witness? 2007/19”, CCI Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
2019 — “Faces of time”, R-broker workshop, Moscow, Russia
2019 — “Sans (t)reve et sans merci”, Cube moscow, Russia
2018— “Workshop’18: systems of secret symbols”.
Special project of the 6-th Moscow Youth Biennale of Contemporary Art. MMOMA
2018— “Convenient art”.
Special project of the 6-th Moscow Youth Biennale of Contemporary Art. MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
2018— “Artistic".
Special project of the 6-th Moscow Youth Biennale of Contemporary Art at Memorial House of A. Vasnetsov, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2018— “u.A…”, XL gallery, Moscow, Russia
2017-2018 — MMVXIIi*, Elektrozavod gallery, Moscow, Russia
2017 — Workshop’17: there, where no one has dreams: from sacred geography to no-being
2016 — “Cultural code. Non-random generation”, Museum of Tauris, Simferopol, Crimea
2014 — “Power of light”, Kroshitsky Museum of Arts, Sevastopol, Crimea
2012— “Reconstruction of idleness”, Faina gallery, Sevastopol, Crimea
2010 — International festival ‘balaklava odyssey’, Mikhailovsky ravelin, Sevastopol, Crimea

Art residencies
2021 — International Summer Academy
 of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria (‘Making spatial stories’ course by Rossella Biscotti)
2016, 2014— “Bereg”, art residency, Nikolayevka, Crimea

Grants & awards

2023 — winner of Galatea Kunstprijs, the Netherlands
2023 — Grant from Het Cultuurfonds
2023 — Grant from Gemeente Rotterdam
2023 — Grant from Stichting Droom en Daad
2022 — winner of The Best Young Artist Kunstschouw, the Netherlands


Q&A: Natalia Grezina. Spot on the ceiling and mystic thriller

We have interviewed Natalia Grezina, the artist from Rotterdam. Natalia’s technique is embroidery on polyethylene, she brings her memories to life in the form of mysterious symbols.   

Q. How can we name the style of your works?

A. It is hard to summarise everything i do in one specific category. There is a lot of mythology and history in my works, which intertwine with routine symbols of everyday life.  Perhaps, I feel comfortable with term “magical realism” when thinking of my artistic expression. If this could be viewed as a direction, this is probably best describing my art. 

Q. The exhibition “Gift” is devoted to objects in history and modern culture. What was the most valuable gift in your life? 

A. I keep a lot of souvenirs and gifts, each one of them holds some dear memories about time and places, about emotions and people.  Even a simple card can make me sentimental sometimes and affect me for a long time.  The main thing is not about a specific gift but about the time travel I could experience with them. 

Q. Project “One hundred years war” resembles a mystical thriller. When is the next edition? 

A. Nice comparison with a thriller ) Two editions were issued last year with a little break in between. And now, I feel, it is time to get calm and properly prepare to the next one. Symbols and ideas are already in the air, so I plan to tell not one but a few bloody stories in the coming year. 

Q. Where do you get your inspiration from? 

A. It just comes to me. But this sudden inspiration still consists of intense mix of emotions, read books, heard conversations that I came across. even an ordinary stain on a ceiling could be the source of inspiration if we learn to notice details. 

Q. What is the perfect country for creativity? 

A. If you feel urgency to create you can do it in anywhere. There are many examples proving this point from grim past of many countries. There are a lot of pros and cons in each situation, and more often than not hard times can be fruitful for an artist. But no doubt, there are places with more opportunities, for example, in terms of building a successful career. However, it all depends on a person. ⠀


Wounded Heart (2)


The Glow Bone


The Moon Bone


The Hole Bone


The Wood Bone


The Rimy Bone




Ash dagger (2)


Ash dagger (4)




Ash dagger (3)


Dagger from the project "Hundred Years' War"