Dasha Shkurpela Painting and Sculpture
 

Born 1978 in Bishkek, Kyrgzstan; lives and works in New York City

 

EDUCATION

 

Master of Fine Arts (2002), MassachusettsCollege of Art, Boston, MA

(American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship 2000 – 2001)

Painting

 

MA in Central European History (2000), CentralEuropeanUniversity,
Budapest, Hungary

(Soros Foundation / Full Central European University MA Fellowship 1999 – 2000)

Thesis: Kazimir Malevich’s White on White

 

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1999), American University in Central
Asia
, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Summa cum laude, valedictorian

 

 

GRANTS / AWARDS / OTHER

Notting Hill Editions 2017 Essay prize runner-up winner

Writers’ Institute (2016-2017), Graduate Center CUNY, New York, NY, Certificate

 

George Sugarman Foundation Grant (2007)

 

PRINCIPAL EXHIBITIONS

PostTotal, Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, September - October, 2017

MAAC on the MAP Contemporary Art Exhibition Series Edition I
, Manhattan Arts and Antiques Center, New York, March 11 - April 13, 2017

The Evolving Phoenix
, Phoenix Gallery, New York, 2017

New York Public Library, 115th St. Branch, New York, 2017


Topografica, American University in Central Asia, Bishkek (October - December 2015)

Solo show, Al-Hayat Gallery, Bishkek (December 2014 - January 2015)

Self-Portrait, Artists' Union, Bishkek (2014)

Fine Art in Kyrgyzstan 1980 - 2013: Painting, Works on Paper, Sculpture,
Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (December 2013 - January 2014)

 

Solo show, Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY (2008)

 

New Directions ’07 (juror Jose Luis Blondet, Dia Art Foundation, NY), The Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY (2007)

 

Finalists in The MiamiUniversity National Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award (juror: Mary Ceruti, Executive Director, SculpureCenter, NYC), Hiestand Galleries, MiamiUniversity, OxfordOH (2007)

 

Bowery Gallery Juried Show (juror: artist John Walker), New York (2007)

 

Portraits, Self-Portraits, Gallery 402 / Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY (2006)

 

New Directions ’05 (juror: Steven Evans, Assistant Director of the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY), The Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY (2005)

 

Finalists in The Miami University National Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award (juror: Judith Russi Kirshner, dean of the College of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford OH) (2005)

 

Boston High Tea, curated by Peter Wayne Lewis, ARamona Studio Gallery, New York, NY (2005)

 

MFA Thesis Show, Bakalar Gallery, MassachusettsCollege of Art (2002)

    

Midway show, recent graduate work, Huntington Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art (2001)

 

International Exhibition of Emerging Artists, Jiger ’00, Almaty, Kazahstan (2000)

 

Fish-Therapy (2-person show with Konstantin Shkurpela), Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (1999)

 

Exhibition Labyrinth (curated by Museum studio), Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (1998)

 

International Exhibition of Emerging Artists Jiger 98, Almaty – honorable mention (1998)

 

Exhibition Portrait (curated by Kyrgyzstan Artists’ Union), Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (1997)

 

ExhibitionParallelCity (curated by Museum studio), Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (1997)

 

Kyrgyz-Turkish Exhibition of women-artists, Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts,Bishkek (1996)

 

Solo show, Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (1995)

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 
Wassenaar, Ingrid, Essays, Times Literary Supplement, October 18, 2017
Martin, Andy, Why do we keep writing essays, and what does it reveal about us?, Independent, July 7, 2017
Cowdrey,
Katherine, William Max Nelson wins £20k Notting Hill Essay Prize, Bookseller, June 29, 2017
Studio Visit, Volumes 6, 8, 34; 2009 and 2016 

Lapteva, Svetlana, "Flowers from Dasha", Vecherniy Bishkek, December 24, 2014
Bokonbaev, Gamal, "Half-Period" in: SH # 8, pp. 86 - 93, Bishkek, 2014
Fine Arts of Kyrgyzstan
, Moscow: Galart, 2013
Joe Bendik, "Shkurpela's View of the World", Chelsea Clinton News, August 14, 2008

Fine Arts in Kyrgyzstan, ed. by Gamal Bonkonbaev, AUB, 2007

Chicago Art Journal, University of Chicago, 2003

The William and Mary Review, 2002, 2003

Jiger - 2000 (International Festival of Young Artists, Almaty Kazakhstan, 2000), catalogue

A. Yarkov, "Fish Therapy -  1" in: Almanac Kurak #1, Bishkek: Soros Foundation, 1999

A. Tuzov, “When fish appeared”, Vechernyi Bishkek, February 5, 1999

V. Baranov, “Fish Day”, Slovo Kyrygyzstana, February 5, 1999

Jiger - 1998 (International Festival of Young Artists, Almaty Kazakhstan, 1998), catalogue

A. Fedorov, “Labyrinth that reaches the sky,” Utro Bishkeka, May 14, 1998

Oksana Zaporozhets, “Dasha Shkurpela”, JAM, May 22, 1998

A. Yakrov, "A Talent Emerges", Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, May 1995

Elsa Tikhonova, “Young artist – Dasha Shkurpela,” Zeitung de Deutschen Kyrgzstans, May 1995

M. Pletneva, “I paint with a brush,” Vechernyi Bishkek, May 22, 1995

“Our Dasha”, Slovo Kyrgyzstana, May 22, 1995

 

 

 

The works are in private collections in Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, CroatiaGermany, the United States; in the collections of Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, and American University in Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

 

 
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