Before being awarded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Natalia read History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and completed the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum.
In 2012 she wrote a book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin (Leiden-Boston: Brill Academic, 2012).
At present she is teaching courses in 19-20 century Russian art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, working as head of education and public programmes at GRAD (Gallery for Russian Art and Design) and curating exhibitions of Russian art in England. She has recently curated a major exhibition ‘Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932’ which took place at the Royal Academy of Arts in February - April 2017 and she is currently editing her next book on post-revolutionary festivals in Petrograd.