Natasha Krenbol Biography

Natasha Krenbol




Natasha Krenbol, painter and printmaker, was born in Zurich in 1957 and was raised in Lyon, France. She attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and the École nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In the mid 1970s, Krenbol traveled to Morocco and the Sahara and, in the late 1970s, she traveled to Canada and California. In 1985, she returned to California where she worked at the Kala Institute in Berkeley producing a series of aquatints.

Krenbol has participated in numerous group shows including one at the Galerie Autour de l'Image in Lyon in 2020. She also has had twenty-eight solo exhibitions of her work.

Natasha Krenbol wrote the following for her website:

Painting is like writing poetry, catching the wind: “Wings to soar above life” as Vincent Van Gogh said. Wisdom resides perhaps in the acceptance of some folly in your life...

I was born in Zunrich. In my early years I practiced Ballet dance, which has left me with a taste for a certain exactness. I love calligraphy, cartography, and graffiti. I have always been painting. I feel close to Paul Klee, Henri Michaux, Gaston Chaissac, Pygmy painters, folk art from all over the world, Outsider Art for its spontaneity. Amerindian societies marvellously succeed in combining a high intellect, a culture of myths, reference to the past and a difficult natural life, which forces them to an economy of means, a life reduced to the essential.

I love searching, digging at what’s behind the surface, leading the traveller from one world to the other, creating paths: archaeology of the unconscious. I try to be simple with simple means: pigment, binder, and canvas, or any other chance material. I never know what is going to happen. At the beginning there is chaos, a sort of magma, I grind, I scrape, I rake. An image half-seen soon brings another one. The canvas builds itself up, layer after layer, things keep arising.

I let things come, I follow my intuition. The brush acts like a seismograph of the mind.