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Through the Looking Glass

March 24, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

The newest star in the street art galaxy comes form Poland. Her name is Natalia Rak and she is one of the most exciting painters and street artists to emerge in Poland’s contemporary art scene that increasingly enjoys international attention. Natalia Rak´s beautiful murals show up all around the world. She is probably best known to the general public by the mural she has done last year for the Folk On The Street Festival in Bialystok that shows a young girl wearing a traditional polish outfit while watering a tree. This stunning piece of art soon spread the Internet. Upcoming exhibition at Pretty Portal gallery in Düsseldorf this spring will show the works of this young and promising artist. The show is titled “Through the Looking Glass “and runs from April 11 to May 9.

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Natalia Rak

Natalia Rak

After earning her degree, Rak’s been seen traveling the world and putting up exceptional murals on the walls. She studied the fine arts program at the University of Lodz, Poland, specializing in graphic arts. A longtime painter, Rak started getting into street art a couple years ago refreshing the scene with her larger than life portraits. Her style and technical skill are equally exquisite and compelling on canvas and on the surface of the building. Rak is known for her extremely vibrant large-scale murals with many taking up the entire sides of buildings. She paints with a particularly intense, brightly colored palette. Since 2009, Rak has participated in many group exhibitions and street art festivals.

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Natalia Rak