Dimitrina Kutriansky's style can best be characterized as "romantic naturalism," an expression of her desire to capture and convey the inherent beauty that can be found within the seemingly ordinary corners of the natural world, while also creating a strong sense of place and atmosphere.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dimitrina immigrated to the United States with her family when her father was sent by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church to serve as a parish priest in the Midwest. She was awarded full-tuition scholarships for both her bachelors and masters of arts degrees, obtaining the former from the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and the latter from the University of Iowa’s nationally renowned printmaking program.
While in Iowa, Dimitrina studied directly under Mauricio Lasansky, one of the “Fathers of 20th Century American Printmaking.” This background in printmaking can be observed in the works she has completed in other media and, especially, in her oil paintings, which are characterized by her unique use of line, value, and varied hard and soft edges.
Dimitrina has an active exhibition schedule, including often showing her new works in solo and featured artist exhibitions, as well as frequently participating in juried exhibitions, invitational shows, and other competitions, through which she has won numerous awards and has exhibited her works in galleries, universities, and museums throughout the country. She is also a juried member of several professional organizations, including the International Guild of Realism, the American Artists Professional League, and the Oil Painters of America.
Additionally, Dimitrina’s artwork has been featured in multiple publications, exhibition catalogs, magazines, websites, and art blogs, including ArtSlant’s “Emerging Artists in Painting,” Fordham University’s “Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action,” and the popular blog “Empty Easel.” She was also selected as one of the winners of North Light Book’s national competition and publication “Strokes of Genius 7: Depth, Dimension, and Space”, juried into the American Artists Professional League’s 88th Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, and named a Finalist in the 12th International ARC Salon.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist