For the past few years, I have been exploring interiors in my work. The interest started as a way for me to reflect on my upbringing in Russia, but eventually progressed to exploring the overall idea of “home” and what it means me now. The work has slowly evolved from being reflective and sentimental to being mindful and present in my current environment. I repeatedly paint my own bedroom, visit other people’s houses, and use reference photos submitted to me by others online. My paintings include messy rooms, intimate items, and objects that refer to human presence without including the figure. I pick up on the subtle tones, lighting, and mood of each location in order to capture the emotion I associate with the space and then exaggerate the color to create a dream-like image.

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b. 1988, Russia

Ekaterina Popova was born in Vladimir, Russia. After moving to the United States, she fell in love with painting and received a BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including The Painting Center in New York, The Trenton City Museum, Delaware Contemporary, The Boxheart Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, and more.

Popova has been featured in multiple blogs and publications, including Aesthetica, The Jealous Curator, DPI Magazine, Friend of The Artist, Iceview, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ekaterina attended several residencies, including at Centre Pompadour in Abbeville, France, NES Residency in Iceland, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

Ekaterina Popova works out of her studio in Philadelphia, PA, and is represented by DECORAZON Gallery.



Exhibitions and Press


2019 Shelter, Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2019 This Must Be The Place, Deep Space, Jersey City, NJ

2018 Highlight Artist, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA 

2017 Solo Exhibition, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown, PA 

2017 Come on in, Ekaterina Popova and Erika Stearly, Goggleworks, Reading, PA

2016 Ekaterina Popova and T.S. Kist, Capital One, Wilmington, DE

2014 Glimpses of Home, Redding Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2013 Space 2033, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Solo Exhibition, Grand Opera House Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2013 Inside/Outside, Independent Space Gallery, Kutztown, PA

2012 The Blue Series, F&N Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012 Emerging Artist Exhibition, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA


2020 Return of the Mothership, Deep Space Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2020 TEN, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Summer Rush, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Seeking My Sanctuary, Artspace 1241, Philadelphia, PA

2019 The Fire Theft, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE

2018 Dynamic Intimacy, Howe Gallery at Kean University, Union, NJ

2018 Into The Light, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Past Directors Exhibition, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown, PA

2018 CFEVA 35 Art Party, Sonesta Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Unintended Consequences, Brooke Lanier Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Small Beauties, Era Contemporary at Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

2017 Fire and Air Gallery Pop Up, The Hive, Philadelphia, PA

2017 The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series Exhibition, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Fight or Flight, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2017 Sex Symbol, Carpenter St. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Friends Juried Exhibition, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE

2017 On These Walls, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

2016 Diamonds Unleashed, Art Miami Fairs, Miami, FL ( funded in part by Delaware Division of the Arts grant )

2016 In the Secret Garden, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Contemporary Still Life, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015 POST, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015 The Shaft Juried Exhibition, Shaft, Wilmington, DE

2015 Assemblage, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014 POST, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Benefit for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Philadelphia, PA

2014 Identity, UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

2014 June Auction, ArtBombNY, New York, NY

2014 Masquerade, AIGA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Frozen, Juried Exhibition, LibertyTown Arts, Fredericksburg, VA

2013 Locale, Painted Bride and Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Benefit for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Philadelphia, PA

2013 WFIX II Aerious, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2013 Greenpoint Gallery Spring Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 New Wilmington Painting, Tower Hill Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2013 Art Inter/National, Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2012 December Exhibition, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA

2012 Illuminated Chroma, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

2012 Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition 2012, New Castle, PA

2012 Reconstruct-Deconstruct, EYA Member Exhibition, Columbus, OH

2012 From Our Perspectives, Oakland College, Farmington Hills, MI

2011 Multiplicity, EYA Exhibition, Goodwyn Hall Gallery, Montgomery, AL

2011 Grand Opening Exhibition, Prelude Gallery, Philadelphia,PA

2011 Biggs Picture 2011, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE


Affordable Art Fair, New York City, September 2019

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, October 2018

Affordable Art Fair, New York City, September 2018

The Other Art Fair, New York City, June 2017

Art Miami Fairs, Miami, December 2016


ART, ok cool, Episode 9, "Special Guest Ekaterina Popova," January 2021

New MFA, Episode 4, "What Makes an Art Queen?" September 2020

In Too Deep, Episode 38, "Ekaterina Popova," July 2020

Positively Creative, Episode 70, “Kat Popova, painter, founder of Create Magazine, & Art & Cocktails Podcast on Having Many Creative Endeavors, Building Community, & Giving Yourself Grace”

I Like Your Work, Episode 4, “Ekaterina Popova-Creating Across Borders”,

Art for Your Ear, Episode 138, "Ekaterina Popova: from pancakes to painting",

The Creativity Habit, Episode 11: Ekaterina Popova "How to Build a Following and Make a Difference with Your Art",


Friend of the Artist, Volume 12, November 2020

DPI Design Illustrations, Issue 243, April 2020

Victoria Fry, "Dreamy Interior Paintings by Katerina Popova" Visionary Art Collective, June 2020

Tom Beck, "Paradigm’s Insider Picks exhibitions are bringing the South Philly art community together virtually" South Philly Review, April 29, 2020

"Painting Intimacy and Life With Ekaterina Popova," Visionary Art Projects, March 17, 2020

Ayla Angelos, “Intimate, safe and romantic: Ekaterina Popova paints the interiors of her friend’s bedrooms,” It’s Nice That, November 2019

“Art & Cocktails with Kat Popova”, Art She Says, July 2019

Pikchur Magazine, Issue 5, May 2019

Natalie Dark, “Meet the Community That Nurtures My Art and Helps Me Build Resilience”, Everyday Health, May 2019

Meredith Mendelsohn, “These 9 Galleries Have Helped Turn the Lone Star State into a Thriving Art Hub”, Introspective Magazine, 1st Dibs, February 3, 2019 

Iceview Volume 3, June 2018 

World of Interiors Magazine, November, 2017 

"In the Studio With Ekaterina Popova", Creative Founders, October 2017

Find Liaison Interview, September 2017 

Edith Newhall, "Exceptional summer shows at local galleries…", The Inquirer, July 27 2017

"New York: art aesthetics’ 5 Must See Artists at The Other Art Fair New York" Saatchi Art/Art Aesthetics, May 2017

Average Arts Magazine, Issue 10, May 2017 

Kelly Beall, "Ekaterina Popova", Design Crush Blog, April 19, 2017

Ron Schira, "GoggleWorks hosts two exhibits: painting and sculpture" Reading Eagle, April 9, 2017

Ignant, February 16, 2017

Ilene Dube "Trenton museum exhibit looks at furniture as art", Newsworks, February 17, 2017

Art Reveal Magazine, Issue 25, February 2017

"Spotlight: Ekaterina Popova", Emboss Magazine, February 13, 2017,

Sandra Apperloo, “Beautiful Bedrooms By Ekaterina Popova”, Artistic Moods, January 30, 2017,

The Jealous Curator, January 2017,

Katy Cowan, "Artist Ekaterina Popova paints an inviting picture of "Home" to remember her roots", Creative Boom, January 19, 2017,

Misty White Sidell, "Kara Ross’ Diamonds Unleashed Takes to Art Basel Miami Beach", WWD, November 30, 2016,

Featured as the artist of the day on, September 2016,

Domestic Spaces and Still Lives in Paintings by Ekaterina Popova, The ArtBo, September 2016,

Cassie Rief, "Ekaterina Popova: Thought-provoking and Emotionally Moving Oil Paintings" Empty Easel, August 2016,

Feature on Art Hunters, Summer 2016,

Tussle Magazine, Summer 2016

Glassworks Magazine Fall 2016

Studio Visit Magazine Summer 2016

Minetta Review, Spring 2016

365 Artists 365 Days Project on September 23, 2015,

The Artist Catalogue, Volume 4 Issue 2, Summer 2015

Expose Art Magazine, Issue 2, February 2015

Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 27, Winter 2014

Ivory Tower, Delhi, India, October 2013

Dani Fisher, Interview, Prolifick Radio, Allentown, PA, September, 2013

Cindy Coldiron, “Flowers In Art: Contemporary International Artists,”January 2013

Cred Magazine, Issue 3, November 2012

Serena Kovaloski, “Dreaming of a Russian Childhood,” Artful Vagabond, July 2012,

Tom Knapp, “Works of Light and Dark, Memory and Fantasy, at Red Raven,” Intelligencer Journal, March 2012,

Matthew Daub, “The Art of The Critique,” Professional Artist Magazine, December 2012


Centre Pompadour, France, 2018

Nes Artist Residency, Iceland, January 2018

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Greece, May 2017


The Delaware Division of the Arts Opportunity Grant, December 2017

The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Philadelphia Semi-Finalist, October 2017

The Magic of Charvin Infinite Color Contest 2nd place, February 2017

The Delaware Division of the Arts Opportunity Grant, December 2016 


Capital One, Oliver Evans Building, Wilmington, DE

Kutztown University, PA

Berks Country Intermediate Unit, Reading, PA


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