Natalia Ossef

born in 1983 in El Kamechli, Syria. Works and lives in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Natalia Ossef receives her BFA with honors Painting at the Art Academy in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2011. Cultural identity and memories of her native country play a central role in the paintings by Natalia Ossef. Based on found photographs, postcards and other pictures she reshapes a past in abstractive figuration and pastel shades. Sometimes the pictures/paintings are recognizable, like family-portraits. Sometimes, when their pose and staging are more important, she paints figures without detailed facial features. Each work can be read as a chapter in a travel story that pull certain places and moments from oblivion.

Education & AIR’s
2014 Artist in Residency: LIAP International Art Program at the Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
Artist in Residency: Pilotenkueche at the Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

2007 – 2011 Bachelor of Fine Art with honors: Painting, Academy of Arts (HKU), Utrecht, NL

Exhibitions & Events (selection)
2014 Project, ‘I am not doing anything until I feel the need’, created by Joanneke Meester, NL
Group show, Pilotenkueche, Autumn Tour/ Herbst Rundgang at Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
Solo show, The Gallery Living #3, van Breugel Art Projects, Utrecht, NL
Group show, Prospects & Concepts, Mondriaan Fund shows Talent at Art Rotterdam, NL

2013 Group show, Momart presents All, Momart (Base for independent artists) , Amsterdam, NL
International group show, To be or to have presents, Stichting Sea Foundation, Project Space Tilburg, NL
Group show, DepARTmentstore 7 by Gumbs, in collaboration with Galerie Sanaa & Kuub Artspace, NL
Duoshow, Versus, with Isabel Cordeiro, Momart (Base for independent artists), Amsterdam, NL
Solo show, RE: Rotterdam Art Fair, Rotterdam, NL

2011 Group show, Exposure, Graduation Exhibition, Institute of the Arts (HKU), Utrecht, NL

2010 Group show, Facts & Fiction 2, Academiegalerie, Utrecht, NL

Grants & Awards
2014/ 2015 Awarded, Werkbijdrage Jong Talent (Startstipendium), Mondriaan Fund

2012/ 2013 Awarded, Startstipendium, Mondriaan Fund

2011 Nominated, HKU Award

Publications & Reviews
2014 Smaakmaker @ Volkskrant Magazine

2013 Exhibition Catalogue, Prospects & Concepts, Mondriaan Fund shows Talent @ ArtRotterdam
Trendbeheer, Momart presents All
Exhibition Catalogue, To be or to have presents
Trendbeheer, Versus @ Momart: Nieuw in Amsterdam

2011 Graduation Catalogue, Utrecht School of Arts, faculty of Visual Arts and Design: Tomorrow, Today, Yesterday !