Tatiana Istomina

Adjunct Instructor

Tatiana Istomina is an artist and writer based in New York; her practice includes painting, sculpture, installation and video. Her projects have been featured in exhibitions and screenings across the US and abroad; venues include Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, Gaîté Lyrique, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Istomina is a recipient of several awards including the AAF Prize for Fine Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Chenven Foundation grant, the Puffin Foundation grant and the Spillways Fellowship, and worked at multiple residencies, such as Yaddo, the Core program, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions and Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands). Istomina holds a PhD in physics from Yale University, a MFA from Parsons New School, and a Diploma from Moscow State University.

Tatiana Istomina, Euclid I, graphite, tape and oil paint on paper, 10 x 10 in, 2018
Tatiana Istomina, Euclid I, graphite, tape and oil paint on paper, 10 x 10 in, 2018


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