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ARTIST BIO

Natalie Dark, born 1990 in Miami, Florida, is a self-taught Cuban-American artist currently living in New York City. 

Most recently, Dark’s work has been included in exhibitions at the historic Salmagundi Club in NYC, where she received the Audubon Artists, Inc. Award, as well as at Harvard University’s University Place Gallery through the Cambridge Art Association. Dark was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 14thAnnual Salon (drawing category).

Natalie has a B.A. in Sociology from Stetson University, and an M.A. in Transnational Media & Globalization from City, University of London. She recently left a successful career as a consumer insights & market researcher in New York City to pursue art full-time.

Artist statement

Natalie’s current work explores what it means to be modern and relevant while maintaining ties with the past. This investigation into the bridging of old and new stems from her experience of losing a sense of obvious Hispanic cultural identity after changing her maiden name. Natalie’s most obvious statement on the topic can be seen in how she names her works, which showcases the importance of her heritage.

Both the 17th-century Dutch Masters and contemporary social media aesthetics heavily inspire Natalie’s subject matter to create a purposefully inviting, familiar, and comforting experience for the viewer. It provides them with an instant connection to both the old and the new, and, therefore, an opportunity for further exploration. The use of colored pencils is also deliberate. By using what is typically considered a “low brow” medium to create traditionally “high brow” art, Natalie hopes to incite curiosity and a sense of contradiction in the viewer. This is intended as a democratizing experience, where a seductive and comforting exterior hides a world of complexity, a history unexplored or understood by the viewer.

Select exhibitions, press, & awards

EXHIBITIONS:

2019

(Forthcoming) 12th Annual Art About Agriculture, The Ag Art Alliance, Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA

41st Annual Open Exhibition in Painting, Sculpture & Graphics, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

PRESS:

2019

(Forthcoming) Pikchur Magazine, Issue 6

Sarah Mills, “Art As Meditation: Interview With Natalie Dark,” pp. 18-27, Create! Magazine, Issue 15

Natalie Dark, “Meet the Community That Nurtures My Art and Helps Me Build Resilience”, Everyday Health

2018

Featured Artist, Create! Magazine

Awards:

2019

Audubon Artists, Inc. Award, 41st Annual Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition in Painting, Sculpture & Graphics, “Casual Elegance”

Finalist, Drawing Category, 14th International ARC (Art Renewal Center) Salon Competition, “Casual Elegance”