Natalya Kasatkina (1932 — 2012)
Natalya Kasatkina was a Soviet-Russian painter who worked in a postimpressionist tradition. She was born in Moscow in 1932 and graduated from Moscow College of Academic Art where she specialised in theatre set design. In 1957 she participated in the Third Exhibition of Young Artists from Moscow and Moscow Oblast’ that was covered by the French poet Louis Aragon in an article New in Soviet Art?; Aragon’s highlights of the exhibition included Kasatkina’s work. She was simultaneously ostracised by the Soviet officials due to the ideological dissonance of her paintings. Kasatkina has never exhibited since, but continued her work as an artist in both circus and theatre. She worked on TV in 1960’s. She later restored icons, painted cathedrals and spent four years in the monastery. Kasatkina died in 2012.
Her work is included in the collection of Mikhail Alshibaya.