Megan Van Groll creates provocative, hyperrealistic portraits and figure paintings of women. Her narrative, visceral vignettes use the female form as a tool for exploring themes of identity and gender. Van Groll uses a combination of traditional and alla prima painting techniques, building each piece from layered undertones to lush brush strokes and saturated, sharp details.
Born in 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Van Groll spent her early childhood living in Germany and traveling throughout Europe. She studied painting at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence, Italy, and earned a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the University of North Texas, where she studied under Matthew Bourbon, Robert Jessup, and Vincent Falsetta.
Van Groll’s work is most influenced by Chuck Close, Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Marilyn Minter, and her fellow Lorenzo de Medici alumna Alyssa Monks. She staged her first solo exhibition in 2008 and continues to show her work around the U.S; her work is also held in a variety of private art collections in both the United States and abroad.
She currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas.