Born in Yekaterinburg in 1990, Nataliya Chernakova currently lives and works in Milan. Nataliya's education is extensive: in 2011, she graduated from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts in Yekaterinburg, Russia, specialising in industrial design; during the years of 2012 and 2013, she moved between Loughborough University (UK) and the Polytechnic Of Milan attending two courses in Product Design and in 2017 she obtained an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. 

 

Chernakova's practice is influenced by design, architecture and fine art. Her interest in diverse materials and contrasting mediums allows her to merge design and fine art and formalise detailed research based on the history of the tools and visual aspects of mechanisms of identity manipulation.

 

Nataliya's subjects are nostalgic and emotional, influenced by the contemporary perspective and Impressionism and Baroque movements, which fascinate her with their attention to sumptuousness and the more introspective side of the formal aspects. Through sensual and soft shapes achieved with different materials, the artist faces the concept of the female desire that can not escape the current conditions of life.

Chernakova aims to reconcile this desire with the reality in which we live using a historically transcendent language through creating marble sculptures, paintings and videos. 

 

The series of works Lolita is part of Chernakova's new body of work that represents the sensual forms of the female body recognised by the artist within the shape of a boat engine. Power and masculinity, usually associated with skill and speed, are overturned and accumulated in colours, sounds and materials that refer to the opposite world. The male, by association, is relieved of his assignment and directs the viewer to an alienated image where forms and ideas merge. The series includes an animation in which this pink hybrid creature spins around itself with the background sound - the song taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film Lolita and a water-carved sculpture made of pink onyx.

 

Nataliya Chernakova has participated in several group exhibitions internationally, including the side-event on the official "Machines of Loving Grace" at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and "Lost Se