Natalia Murray was born in St Petersburg where she gained BA and MA in Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum (conducting research on the XVII century Dutch paintings and British reproductive mezzotint engravings of XVII-XIX centuries, and their connection with the development of artistic tastes in Britain).
In 2015 she has been awarded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Her most recent book Art for the Workers. Proletarian Art and Festive Decorations of Petrograd. 1917-1920 was published by ‘Brill’ in May 2018.
In Autumn 2018 the Russian translation of her 2012 book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin was published by ‘Slovo’ in Moscow.
At present she is a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and a senior freelance curator. In 2017 she curated a major exhibition Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and is currently working on exhibition of Malevich and Kandinsky in Paris.
Over the last five years she has taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art Summer and Spring School and conducted an evening lecture course Showcasing Art History, presented study days and public lectures at the National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, V&A, Art Fund and Chelsea Art Club.
Her books and articles extend across the wide field of 19-20 century Russian art, and she has featured in films dedicated to the Hermitage museum and the Russian revolution and in programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. Natalia is also trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project - a UK-based charity which shares one of her aspirations to reduce the number of fakes on the Russian art market.
In 2021 her book Two Women Patrons of the Russian Avant-Garde. Nadezhda Dobychina and Klavdia Mikhailova was published by Unicorn.