Natta I. Konysheva
Natta Ivanovna Konysheva was born in 1935 in Moscow.
She graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute in 1959. In 1974 Konysheva became a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. She was one of the known figures in the Moscow unofficial art scene, exhibited in Russia and abroad. Natta Konysheva had her first solo exhibition in America in the Gregory Gallery, Washington DC in 1993. She was the winner of the Grand Prix of the Spring Saloon-98, a creative competition for women artists in Russia. Natta Konysheva is a representative of what is known as, the Moscow “strange” artists due to the fact that her creative style is extremely unique. It combines the beauty and the ugliness, describing the hectic and absurd life of the Bohemians, pseudo-intelligentsia, and the romanticism of the lifestyle of the homeless. All of these works are subject to stormy fireworks of colors and the incompleteness of images and themes. Natta Konisheva’s paintings have attracted the attention of Russian, European and American collectors. Her paintings were also exhibited in Moscow museums and are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Naive Arts in France. In the United States her paintings are part of the Cremona Foundation in Maryland, as well as J.V. Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers State University, NJ.,Her paintings are in numerous private collections in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the USA.