Natalie Mal is an emerging abstract painter who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Growing up on an orchard in Vista, she spent her childhood in awe of the nature around her and painting with her grandmother. These moments from Natalie’s childhood were the seeds that inspired her creative expressions.
When it came time to choose what she wanted to focus on in school, Natalie based her decision on her love for people, science, and art. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelors in Fine Art and Cognitive Science. As an interdisciplinary field, cognitive science combines ideas from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and sociology. Learning about the human mind from these multiple perspectives served as a catalysis for her current style of abstract paintings.
Natalie finds it fascinating that while our minds exist in a physical world, they also exist in an abstract space. Through abstract painting she depicts her own type of brain image mapping to capture inner phenomenon through experimental combinations of color and textures inspired by natural elements such as rocks, trees, tide pools, etc. Through the content of her work, Natalie brings up conversations around topics such as mental health, the connection between art and science, and psychological experiences.
As an honors art student, Natalie developed a strong voice in her art. Provided with a studio space and an art show, she was able to find her unique style and flow of painting. While still young in her career, Natalie has had the opportunity since graduating to show her work in both solo and group shows in Oakland, Berkeley, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
Giving back has always been a part of Natalie’s life, and she loves to build community around creativity. While enrolled in her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, Natalie co-created and facilitated her own course called “Art and Science” for the academic year 2013-2014. This course was meant to provide an experience for those who seek to combine their love of art and science in a single, culminating work. Natalie has sense gone on to host numerous art nights and retreats for artists.
Currently Natalie is spending her time deepening into her art practice and working on a new series of work. She recently was featured in VoyageLA’s magazine, click here to read the article.
See Natalie’s Past Exhibitions and Awards HERE