Maria Kreyn is a Russian born figurative artist. Deeply indebted to the western tradition of painting evident in the Baroque and Romantic periods, Maria reframes these techniques to tell a story of human intimacy and ceremony, investigating the liminal state of simultaneous connection and detachment. Maria exhibits internationally, and her work is found throughout the United States and Europe. She currently lives in New York City. Her studio is in Brooklyn.
Booth Gallery currently presents (August 19th – September 9th, 2017) ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, an exhibition of drawings by Maria Kreyn. In these dynamic compositions, Kreyn uses graphite to depict scenes of humanity that convey both emotional depth and intimacy. The exhibition takes its name from a purported Chinese curse, and while the works examine darkness, they do not dwell in the negative. Her expressive use of light and shadow describe of the passage of time, and repeatedly touch on the commonalities of the great themes the human condition.