Working loosely from photographs, Polina Barskaya creates figurative paintings with a diaristic quality. The artist’s work depicts herself and her family within domestic spaces, either in the artist’s home or in various accommodations visited throughout her frequent travels—ranging from Upstate New York to Italy. Combining vulnerability and power, Barskaya’s confessional self-portraits unravel the complexity of life in stories about the human condition.
Polina Barskaya was born in Cherkassy, USSR in 1984. The artist received an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and a BA from Hunter College in New York City.
A solo exhibition of Barskaya’s work took place at Rowe Gallery in New York City in 2021; the artist had an online solo exhibition at Taymour Grahne Projects in London, UK in 2020.
Group exhibitions that have included Barskaya’s work have taken place at: Althuis Hofland Fine Arts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2020); and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City (2019); among others.
Barskaya received an Artist Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) in 2021, and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2020.
Barskaya’s work has been featured in Artforum, New York magazine, Artnet, The Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic, among others. The artist’s solo exhibition at Monya Rowe Gallery was included in New York magazine’s “Best of 2021” by Jerry Saltz.
Barskaya lives and works in Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York.