Vera Iliatova’s work employs metaphors of landscape spaces and female figures that meld together in oddly disconnected perspectives. Her psychologically charged canvases often depict women at various stages of life at instances of impending melodramas either with each other or themselves which can create an atmosphere of uncertainty in the painterly mise-en-scène they are populating.
Vera Iliatova grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the United States when she was 16. She received a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University, with further study at the Skowhegan School of Art (2004) and a residency at Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (2007/2008). In 2018, Iliatova was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting.
Iliatova’s work has been shown across the US as well in Italy, Germany, Denmark and Great Britain. Iliatova’s work was recently included in exhibitions at the Katonah Museum (2018) and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (2017). Her work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, hyperallergic.com and other publications.