Natalia Wróbel is a Polish-American artist living and working in Cambridge, MA. Her work examines the dualities necessary for an authentic life and the endurance and adaptability of the spirit. Deeply inspired by poetry and the gravity underlying simple, everyday moments, her paintings explore the liminal realm beyond our physical world, and the interconnectedness of people, nature, history and spirit.
Wróbel grew up between Warsaw, Poland and La Jolla, California, and has lived most of her adult life in New England. Her paintings are featured in numerous private and public, national and international collections and have been on view at notable Art Fairs including Art Basel: Miami, Art South Hampton, and Texas Contemporary. An avid traveler, she has painted all over the world, namely Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Austria. She studied Studio Art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute in Italy, and the New York Studio School, where she was awarded the Mercedes Matter painting fellowship.
From the Portal Series: "In my current body of work, I create portals into imagined worlds, suspended in time. Painting for me is a moving meditation, a way to enter into kairos, or the “time in between.” Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning “the supreme moment”. Through purposeful intention and focused attention in the studio, time warps into an incredible fullness. It blossoms into this alternate space I articulate as a liminal realm; neither above nor below our physical reality, but rather, within it. I hope my paintings can serve as portals for the viewer to enter into their own meditative kairos, a time and place of sublime infinity and millisecond eternities. Visually, these paintings are inspired by what the mind experiences during meditation, prayer, and “relaxed attentiveness”, drawing from images of neural networks and cell structures, and by the idea of “whole brain connectivity”, when information flows freely."
From the Inscape Series: "The Inscape Series explores permanence vs. impermanence in memory, personal narrative, inner vs. outer landscape, immateriality and the poetics of space."