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About Margarita

Margarita Korol is an artist and social scientist problem solving everyday puzzles with communities.

Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine to Jewish refuseniks (political refugees fleeing oppressive Soviet persecution in the 70s and 80s), Margarita’s focus on empowering individuals in disadvantaged struggles against the social and political systems around them is an ongoing theme in her work.

She began exhibiting in New York in 2011 when she launched the “Transparency Project” at the KGB Bar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl. In 2012, the publication of her book “Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother” led to a solo show during New York’s Russian Heritage Month at The National Arts Club as well as a City of New York Citation of Worth for art, design, and writing.

A native of Chicago, Korol was named that city’s Best New Visual Artist in 2013. She has shown her “Immigrating City” installation at Chicago’s Ravenswood Tap gallery and her “Die, Mauer” installation at Harper College’s 20th anniversary commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Korol’s work is held in private and public collections including the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center Chicago and Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Cultural Center New York. She has been Artist in Residence at Intel’s Maker Education Initiative and currently applies her MFA in Design for Social Innovation (School of Visual Arts) and BS in Anthropology (Loyola University Chicago) to her work as founding studio manager of AdaptLab Productions, a video production house supporting the careers and works of filmmakers with learning differences.

She lives and works in Washington Heights, NYC, with her Jack Russell terrier Squirt Lion Patelito. Contact Margarita through the Order Form. 

Social Impact Art Projects


AdaptLab Filmmakers (2017)

After co-founding AdaptLab Filmmakers with a team of filmmakers with learning differences, Margarita is focused on building sustainable, collaborative production workflows customized to each team member's dream career goals, as well as seeking out the best distribution channels for their projects. 

(In partnership with Marlene Myerson JCC Manhattan Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs, NYC)



dOGUMENTA (2017)

dOGUMENTA runs August 11 to 13 at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. The show will feature works commissioned by 10 New York City artists—Korol, for example, is addressing the anxiety and fear dogs experience by incorporating recordings of “murmured sweet nothings” that she uses to comfort her own dog. (Newsweek)

(Brookfield Place, New York City) (2016)

Helping bereaved siblings and others to keep celebrating life 

(School of Visual Arts, New York City)





Intel/ Maker Education Initiative (2013)

Persuading Chicagoans that we all have enormous creative potential energy inside. Award for Community Engagement  

(Intel, Lincoln Park)





Spoils of War (2012)

Updating the post-Soviet Jewish identity in America. Citation of Worth from the State of New York for contributions as a writer, artist, and designer.

(National Arts Club, Tablet Magazine, New York City)





Drunkdial Your Senator (2011)

Empowering American citizens to demand transparency and be active in their democracy 

(KGB Bar, National Arts Club, New York City)



Die, Mauer (2009)

Feeling empathy towards people behind totalitarian walls 

(Harper College, for their 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, now housed at the DANK Haus German Cultural Center, Chicago)



Immigrating City (2007)

Chicago exhibit encouraging the embrace of all of our immigrant roots in Chicago 


Art Commissions & Collaborations



Album art and music-centric illustrations for independent artists, labels, and magazines nationwide. Event promotion for shows, screenings, university conferences, readings, and PSAs. Websites and assets designed for nonprofits, media, musicians, and artists


As contributing artist and editor at various publications in New York and Los Angeles, Margarita's art illustrates a variety of ethnic, arts and culture, and political stories.


Commissioned artwork by private collectors.


Margarita's whimsical take on ads aims to keep the humanity in consumerism.