A R I N A CV
Arina Gordienko, ARC Associate Living Master, MA, SWA, PSA
ARINA GORDIENKO is a contemporary realist artist best known for her large scale figurative works. She was born in the most north-easterly region of Russia, in a small gold-mining settlement in Chukotka, part of the polar Arctic desert ‘tundra’; since 2005 she lives in the UK. She graduated with Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London), also she studied at the famous Central Saint Martins College of Art in London and finished Art School in Russia with Distinction. She is recognised as Associate Living Master of prestigious Art Renewal Center in USA. Also she is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and a selected member of Society of Women Artists in the UK.
She has received numerous international prizes and awards in the UK, USA and Europe. Her paintings featured at Saatchi Gallery in London (UK), European Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona (Spain), Rehs Contemporary Galleries in New York (USA), Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna (Austria), Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Pescara (Italy), Museum Complex of Dioscuri and Museum Sant’Oreste in Rome (Italy) and many others in the UK, USA, Australia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Check Republic, Belgium and India.
Her paintings published in numerous art books, catalogues and magazines, including Reinhard Fuchs’ book ‘Masterpieces of Visual Arts - The Great Female Artists from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era’ in Austria, ‘Masters of Contemporary Fine Art’ and ‘Masters of Painting’ in the UK, ‘Strokes of Genius’ (Edition 4 & 6) in the US and ‘Figurative Realism’, the 100th Special Issue of the PoetsArtists Magazine in the US.
Arina widely proclaims revival of beauty in art and is passionately dedicated to renaissance of the realistic traditions in painting. She has developed her own significant and highly recognisable style, combining traditional classical techniques with surreal imaginative compositions and contemporary palette.
The Art Renewal Centre (ARC) USA, Associate Living Master
The Portrait Society of America (PSA) USA, International Member
The Society of Women Artists (SWA) UK, Selected Member
Gall’Art Roma Art Agency (Founder Giovanna Gazzolo), Rome, Italy
Recognition & Awards
2018 - Finalist, 13 International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2017 - Finalist, 12 International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2016 - Awarded ‘Associate Living Master’ status by Art Renewal Centre (ARC) in USA, Works included to the ARC Museum
2016 - Winner of Major 2nd Place Award, Berliner Art Prize, Germany
2016 - Honorary Diploma for ‘bright and remarkable contribution in the conservation and development of the artistic values in Modern Art’, Berliner Art Prize, Germany
2016 - Finalist, Portrait Society of America Only Members Competition, USA
2016 - Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 33 Annual Art Competition, Portraits/Figures category, USA
2015 - Winner, ‘Strokes of Genius-7’ (out of over 2000 entries) International Drawing Competition, USA
2014 - Winner, 3d Place Award, ‘Outside the Box’, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, USA
2014 - Finalist, Art Gemini Prize, Painting category, London, UK
2014 - Finalist, BEEP International Painting Prize Biennial, Swansea, Wales, UK
2014 - Finalist, Connfuence'14 Art Contest, Gallery Art Eterne, New Deli, India
2013 - Finalist, Mortimore Art Prize, Surrealism Category, Australia
2013 - Winner, Award of Excellence, Lisa Cooper Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery Award, New York, USA
2013 - Winner, Award of Excellence, Renée Phillips Art Essay Award, New York, USA
2013 - Gold Award Winner, Master of Art International, Awards Ceremony, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK
2013 - Winner, 8 Showcase ARTslant Prize, Painting Category, International Juried Competition
2013 - Show Award Certificate, IAF 2013, International Art Festival, New York, USA
2012 - Special Award, OSTEN 40 World Gallery and Museum of Drawing Biennal, Skopje, Macedonia. Grand Prix for Life Achievement awarded to a legendary artist CHRISTO (USA), alongside with First Award for Concept to Vitaly Komar (USA), Award for World Cultural Heritage to Pablo Picasso. Works of winning artists included to OSTEN Museum of Drawing
2012 - 2-nd Merit Award, Portrait Society of America Members Competition, ‘Outside the Box’ category, USA
2012 - 4-th Merit Award, Portrait Society of America Members Competition, ‘Self-Portrait’ category, USA
2011 - Winner, 2-nd Prize at ‘Is it Fine Art? Challenging Traditions’, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA
2011 - Winner, ‘Strokes of Genius-4’ (out of 1650 entries), International Drawing Competition, USA
2010 - Finalist (Top 10 out of over 3750 entries), Art of Giving National Art Competition, SAATCHI GALLERY, London, UK
‘Silence, Opus 3’ and ‘N I B I R U’ selected by a panel that included Gavin Turk, Christian Furr, Terry O'Neill and representatives from the Tate, Frieze, Scream and FAS London
2010 - Finalist, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy
2010 - The Best Foreign Artist Mention, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy
2010 - Special Prize Gagliardi Art Gallery, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy
2010 - Special Prize Fiorella Pieri Contemporary Art Gallery, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy
2010 - Winner, Trophy Award (Top 15 out of 5000 entries, 95 countries), London International Creative Competition, UK. ‘Wide Shut Eyes’ series awarded a Trophy by International Panel of 12 Judges at Award Ceremony, Soho Theatre, London
2010 - Winner, Best of 2010, People/Today Life category, Marziart International Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2010 - Winner, EXPO-29 International Painting Competition, B.J.Spoke gallery, New York, USA. Juried by Cornelia Seckel, publisher ’The Art Times’
2010 - Winner, 6 Showcase ARTslant Prize, Painting Category, International Juried Competition
2010 - Finalist, Grant - ARTWORK International, Inc., Painting category, USA
2009 - Shortlisted (top 100 out of 1900 entries), BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, UK. 'Silence, Opus 3' has been through the second round of selection for BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery among 100 works, out of which the judges make their very final selection of 56 paintings for the exhibition.
2009 - Winner, MFA Now Award, International Painting Competition, Miami/New York, USA
International panel of judges included Kay Saatchi, Edward Lucie-Smith, Judy Chicago, John Miley, Victoria Lu
2009 - Winner, 1st Place Award Full Brush International Competition, New York, USA. Pen and Brush Gallery. Juried and awarded by Margaret Kelly Trombly, President of the Forbes Art Collection
2009 - Winner, 2nd Prize (out of 14.000), Portrait/Figure, The Artist’s Magazine, USA
2009 - Face of ‘Art Liberating Lives’ National British Charity ‘Sue Ryder Care’, UK
Award winning painting 'Silence, Opus 1' by ARINA was chosen as Face of National British Charity Campaign
2009 - Finalist, Annual Painting Prize FRINGEMK, Milton Keynes, UK
2008, September - Legendary Artist GUSTAV METZGER visited ARINA’s MA Final Degree Show and purchased ‘Wide Shut Eyes-2’, painting, oi on linen, 165x190 cm. Gustav Metzger and ARINA were talking almost three hours and after their inspiring conversation Master purchased the painting. Gustav Metzger prefers to keep his painting at ARINA’s studio.
2008 - Winner, Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award, SWA Annual exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK. Prize awarded by Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent
2008 - Winner, 1st Prize (Out of 14.000) Portrait/Figure Students category, The Artist’s Magazine, USA
2008 - Winner, Public Choice Prize, National Open Art Competition, UK. Awarded by Kay Austin, the Arts Club, London
2008 - Winner, Visitor's Choice Award, Cork Street Art Competition, London, UK
2008 - Shortlisted (Top 100), (top 100 out of 1650 entries), BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, UK. Painting 'Angel, Portrait of Angelica' has been through the second round of selection for BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery among 100 works, out of which the judges made their very final selection of 55 paintings for the exhibition.
2008 - Shortlisted (Top 5 out of 1500 entries) Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize, London, UK
2016 - August, Master of Art International 2016, Selection Committee Juror, Margarita Feaks Gallery, UK
2011 - March, 'Art Elevator' Painting Competition Invited Juror, Aquire Gallery, London, UK.
2017 – December, Arina is dedicated to charity and in 2017 she organised and curated an international fundraising charity exhibition ‘Art for a Little Brave Heart’ in London. With generosity of all the participated artists from 27 countries and 100% proceeds from art works sales the exhibition raised over £24000 that went to charities helping children with oncological and life-threatening illnesses.
2011 – March, Curated and also juried as an invited Judge the 'Art Elevator' Painting Competition, a launching pad for new artists, followed by an exhibition at the Aquire Gallery in London, UK. Art elevator was conceived as a springboard for up and coming artists.
2019 – International Biennial Portrait Competition, Wausau Museum of Modern Art, USA
2019 – I Observe, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, New York
2019 – Painting Today, MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain
2018 – Figurative Realism, curated by Dirk Dzimirsky and Didi Menendez, exclusive online exhibition
2018 - Mall Galleries - London, UK. SWA Annual Exhibition. Opened by SWA Patron Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. Also – 2016, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.
2017 – ‘Art For a Little Brave Heart’ Fund-raising Exhibition for Charity ‘Gift of Life, Rossotrudnichsetvo, London
2017 - MAG Montreux Art Gallery, Switzerland, FIRST MAG Visionary Art Exhibition, with HR Giger, Ernst Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Martina Hoffmann, Brigid Marlin, Roku Sasaki
2017 - Mall Galleries - London, UK. SWA Annual Exhibition. Opened by SWA Patron Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. Also - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.
2017 - LuxArt Contemporary and Modern Art, Luxembourg
2017 - Arte Genova, Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Art, Genova, Italy, also 2016, 2015
2016 - Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna, Biennale PESCAART, with Gall'Art Roma Gallery, Italy
2015 - Phantastishe Venus Biennale, Surrealism Art of 70 Women Artists, curated by Reinhard Schmid, Viechtag, Germany
2015 - ITINERA Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Museum Complex of Dioscuri, Rome, Italy. Curated by Giovanna Gazzolo, Gall’Art Roma, with support of Cultural Attaché of Russian Embassy and Spanish Embassy
2014 - BEEP International Painting Prize Biennial, Old Iceland Building/Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK
2014 - Master of Art International, Margarita Feaks Gallery. Participated as an Invited Guest and Gold Award Winner of the Master of Art International-2013
2014 - Gemini Art Prize exhibition, Rebecca Cossack Gallery, London, UK
2014 - Connfuence'14 Art Contest, Gallery Art Eterne, New Deli, India
2013-2014 - Mortimore Art Prize - The very best in Realism, Exhibition touring around Australia, Venues include The Scots College Anderson Hall in Sydney, St Brigids Hall in Dubbo, The Stables Gallery in Mudgee, Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange, BDAS Gallery in Bowral, Dudley House in Bendigo and others in Brisbane, Geelong, Canberra and Central Coast
2013 - SOLO-Exhibition ' ARINA-The Theatre Of One Artist’, 20th Century Theatre, London, UK, April
2013 - Master of Art International Exhibition, The Art Pavilion Gallery, London, UK
2013 - Exhibition of Awarded Artists on World Gallery of Drawing, Gallery of Art Critics (Adria Palace), Prague
2013 - Museum Sant’Oreste, Rome, Italy, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Gall’Art Roma
2013 - The Peace Project, International Art Exhibition touring around the USA. Venues include Affair of the Arts and The Whole 9 Gallery in Culver City, California; Art Zone 461 in San Francisco, California; 29 Pieces in Dallas, Texas; Open House and Landmark Arts Building in Chelsea, New York
2013 - A Single Grain of Rice International Exhibition, Gallery Métanoïa, Paris, France
2013 - ‘Art That Lifts Our Spirits’, Manhattan Arts International, New York, USA
2013 - The Femail Project Exhibition, ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2013 - Stars with Stars, Gall’Art Roma Gallery, Bacco in Tevere, Rome, Italy
2013 - 'After the Monet' group exhibition, Coningsby Gallery, London, UK
2013 - Touch of Women, International exhibition, Off the Wall Gallery, Wales, UK
2012 - Museum of Fantastic Art, Vienna, Austria, Uncommon Vision, curated by Prof. Philip Rubinov-Jacobson
2012 - Mall Galleries, London, UK, ‘Show me the Monet’ exhibition of BBC2 series
2012 - BEEP International Painting Prize, Elysium Gallery, Volcano Theatre, Wales, UK
2012 - OSTEN Award Biennial, 40 Gallery and Museum of Drawing, Skopje, Macedonia
2012 - Price Winners Show of Cork Street Open Exhibitions, Cork Street Gallery, London, UK
2012 - SOHO20 Gallery, New York, USA, 'Backlash' exhibition on women's rights
2011 - The Passion for Freedom Art Festival, UNIT24 Gallery, London, UK
2011 - Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA, ‘Is it Fine Art? - Exhibition Challenging Traditions’, curated by gallerist and auctioneer Kenneth Hutter and auction appraiser Jennifer Elhardt
2011 - Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA, Award Winners Artists
2011 - Marseille Project Gallery, Marseille, France, curated by artist, gallerist, art-critic Lira Kay
2010 - SAATCHI GALLERY, London, UK, ‘Art of Giving’, with Banksy, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, Terry O’Neill, Sir Peter Blake, Steve Goddard, Leonardo Drew, Christian Furr, Alexa Meade, Breezy Bailey, Zak Ove
2010 - ‘Arte Laguna’ Art Prize International Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy
2010 - ‘Legende Celebrity Art in collaboration with Art of Giving’, Mayfair Gallery, London, UK, with world famous artists and photographers Gerard Mankowitz, Terry O’Neill, Danny Clifford, Allan Warren, Gavin Turk etc.
2010 - B.J.Spoke Gallery, USA, New York, EXPO-2010, juried by Cornelia Seckel, publisher The Art Times
2010 - Cork Street Gallery, London, UK, Open Art Competition, juried by Edward Lucy-Smith, also - 2009, 2008
2010 - Marziart International Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, ‘Best of 2010’ International Exhibition
2010 - Art Liberating Lives, Mall Galleries, London, UK, also - 2009, 2008
2010 - Marseille Project Gallery, Marseille, France, ‘Artist’s Portrait Futureproof’ International Exhibition
2010 - Occidental Dimension, Brighton University Gallery, Brighton, UK, touring show staged in three cities across China
2010 - The National Open Art Competition, National Festival Theatre, Chichester, UK, Judges headed by Gavin Turk, also - 2008
2009 - Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA, ‘Fall Brush’ curated by Margaret Kelly Trombly, the Forbes Collection President
2009 - ‘MFA Now’ Award Winner’s Exhibition, Praxis Art International Gallery, Miami, USA, juried by the international panel of judges, including Kay Saatchi, Edward Lucie-Smith and Judy Chicago
2009 - Brick Lane Bodhi Gallery, London, UK, Condensation - The Temperature is Rising, also - 2008
2008 - The First Biennial RBSA Open Portrait Award, The RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2008 - Exhibition of Prize Winners of National Open Art Competition, The Art Club, Dover Street, London, UK
2008 - Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize, London, UK, Red Room Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
2008 - MA Fine Art Final Degree Show, London, UK, Chelsea College of Art and Design
2008 - MA Fine Art Chelsea Interim Show, London, UK, 'Nearly Me, Nearly Now, Nearly Show', Triangle Space
2008 - Marseille Project Gallery, Marseille, France, ‘Housewarming’ International Exhibition
2007 - XHIBIT-07 winners show, The Arts Gallery, Davies Street, London, UK, winners selected by Tom Hunter
2006 - Lethaby Gallery, London , UK, LANDMARKS, Central Saint Martins College of Art
1985-1993 - Variety of exhibitions in Russia including Regional Exhibitions at the State Art Museum of Zauralie
Painting Today, catalog/hard cover art book, MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2019
FIGURATIVE REALISM, 10Oth PoetsArtists magazine issue, curators Dirk Dzimirsky, Didi Menendez, USA, p.p114-116, USA, 2019
13th International ARC Salon Catalogue, Art Renewal Center, USA, p. 158, p. 165, September 2018
‘PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW’, PoetsArtists Magazine, USA, in collaboration with the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, special issue #95, July 2018
‘ARINA’, 14 pages publication, The Guide Artists Magazine, Issue 16, p-p.64-77, June 2018
The Lexikon of Fantastic Artists, Prof. Gerhard Habarta, Art Encyclopedia, Hardcover, LEXIKON’, Vienna, Austria, 2018
12th International ARC Salon Catalogue, 2016-2017 Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA, p. 135, August 2017
Masters of Painting by Pedro Boaventura, Art Book, published by Art Galaxy, London, UK, Hardcover, p.p.16-19, May 2017
The Artist’s Magazine, January/February 2017 issue, finalist in the Portraits/Figures category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition USA
SWA catalogue Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, London, UK, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 1008
Masters of Contemporary Fine Art, Art Book, Hardcover, published by Art Galaxy, London, UK, p.p.14-17, February 2016
Strokes of Genius -7, Depth, Dimension and Space, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf, Art Book, Hardcover, published by North Light Books, USA, p.126, 2015
Phantastische Venus, edited by Reinhard Schmid, Art Book, Hardcover, Viechtag, Germany, p.12, 2015
ITINERA, Exhibition of Contemporary Art catalogue, edited by Giovanna Gazzolo, Gall’Art Roma, with support of Cultural Attaché of Russian Embassy and Spanish Embassy, 2015
Portrait Society of America Journal, The Art of the Portrait, 2-nd Place Winner in 'Outside the Box' Category Only Members Competition, Issue no.62, p.9, USA, 2014
Hidden Treasure Art Magazine Yearbook, HT Art Magazine Publishing, UK, p.152, 2014
‘Проектор Отдельной Реальности’ (‘Projector of Alternative Reality’) Book Cover, Vadim Zeland, Vesj Publishing, Russia, January 2014
Connfuence 14 catalogue, New Deli, India, 2014
OSTEN Drawing Award, Museum of Drawing Art Book, Hardcover, Skopje, Macedonia, p.6, 2014
Masterpieces of Visual Art. The Great Female Artists: From The Middle Ages To The Modern Era, Women in Art Volume 1, by Reinhard Fuchs, Art Book, Hardcover, Fürstenweg, Austria, p.43, 2013
Winter Tangerine Review, Volume 2, Art Magazine, USA, Fall, p.p. 25-27, 2013
ARINA - The Theatre of One Artist (Solo-exhibition catalogue), Edited and Published Lyes&Jones, London, UK, 2013
Art Scene: Russian Theatrics, Art of England magazine, Issue 102, p.61, May 2013
Lyes & Jones Present – ARINA, Chartwell Magazine, February 2013
Lyes & Jones Present ARINA’s Russian Art, Red Carpet Magazine, March 2013
The Lexikon of Fantastic Artists, Gerhard Habarta, Art Encyclopedia, Hardcover, ‘1.300 fantastic, surreal and visionary artists are recorded in the LEXIKON’, Vienna, Austria, 2013
Love, Peace and Understanding, Art Book, Hardcover, USA, p.22, 2013
International Exhibition of Contemporary Art catalogue, Curated and Edited by Givanna Gazzolo, Gall'Art Rome Art Gallery, Museum Sant’Oreste, Rome, Italy, 2013
Клип-Трансерфинг (Klip-Transerfing),Vadim Zeland, Book Cover,Hardcover, Exmo Publishing, Russia, July 2013
ArtGemini Prize 2013 Finalists Exhibition Catalogue, Rebecca Cossack Gallery, London, 2013
Strokes of Genius-4, The Best of Drawing/Exploring Line, Art Book, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf, published by North Light Books, USA, p.14, 2012
Prize Winners Show, Cork Street Open Exhibitions, Cork Street Gallery, London, UK, 2012
Annual Cork Street Open Art Competition Catalogues, 2008 - Winner Public Choice Award, ondon, UK, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008
Взлом техногенной системы (Breaking the Technogenic System), Vadim Zeland, Book Cover, Hardcover, Vesy Publishing, Russia, also mention on p.94, 2012
Scardinare il Sistema Tecnogeno by Vadim Zeland, Book Cover, Macro Edizioni, Italy, 2012
OSTEN Award Biennal of Drawing catalogue, Skopie, Macedonia, p.33, 2012
International Contemporary Artists, Vol IV, art book, I.C.A. Publishing, New York, NY, USA, p.10, 2012
Poets Artists Magazine, ARINA, End of the Year issue, USA, no.28, pages 36-39, 2011
Portrait Society of America Journal, The Art of the Portrait, USA, issue no.57, p.16, 2011
LICC-London International Creative Competition catalogue, Asterisk press, USA, 2010
SAATCHI Gallery, Art of Giving 2010 catalogue, London, UK, 2010
Arte Laguna Art Prize Magazine 2009 catalogue, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy, 2010
Arte Laguna Art Prize 2009, Art Book, Hardcover, Venice, Italy, p.43, ARTE LAGUNA 2010
Occidenatl Dimension catalogue, Brighton, UK, 2010
Annual Cork Street Open Art Competition catalogues, London, UK, 2010, 2009, 2008
National Open Art Competition catalogues, Chichester, UK, 2008, 2010
Portrait Society of America Journal, The Art of the Portrait, USA, issue no.46, p.16, December 2009
The Artist's Magazine, 2-nd Place Winner in Portraits/Figures Category, The Year's Best Art, by Tamera Lenz Muente, USA, p.33, December 2009
The Daily Mirror, A good reason to get arty, London, UK, p.33, Monday, September 21, 2009
Fringe MK- 2009 catalogue, Milton Keynes, UK, 2009
Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, Art Liberating Lives, No. 105, p. 74, Winter 2009
Saving Lives with Art, The Wandsworth Guardian, London, UK, Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Artist's Magazine, 1st Place Award Winner in Students Category, Stand-out Students, , USA, p.54, special 25-th Anniversary Issue, January/February, 2008
First Biennial RBSA Open Portrait Award catalogue, Birmingham, UK, 2008
Affordable Art Fair catalogue, London, UK, 2008
MA Chelsea Final Degree Show catalogue, London, UK, 2008
Saatchi Competition to uncover Art Idol by Ben Hoyle, The Times, p. 27, London, UK, , Friday, March 2, 2007
Xhibit 07 catalogue, University of Arts London, London, UK, 2007
Book Cover - Therapy, Philip L. Moore, Upfront Publishing LTD, England, 2006
2017 - December, ARINA organised and curated Fundraising Charity Exhibition ‘Art For a Little Brave Heart’ in London, where 100% proceeds from the sales went to charity Gift of Life helping children with oncological and other life-threatening illnesses. Participated 28 internationally acclaimed artists from all over the globe, countries include the UK, Russia, Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Hungary, Spain, France, Armenia and Peru. Charity project with support of famous Russian actress Dina Korzun rose over £24000. London, UK, Rossotrudnichestvo/Russia House in London
2016 - August, ARINA was invited as a Selection Committee Judge of Master of Art International 2016 to judge and make a final selection of the Master of Art International Award-2016 Winners.
2015 – June, ARINA’s Portrait Drawing Masterclass at Mall Galleries in London. UK. During the Annual SWA exhibition ARINA demonstrated her portrait drawing techniques and ‘head measuring’ method in Portrait Drawing. She shared her skills during her Portrait Drawing tutorial followed by a Life Drawing session with a model.
2014 – September, The GOLD AWARD Winner of ‘Master of Art International-2013’ – ARINA was invited to open the Awards Ceremony and present Awards to the ‘Master of Art International-2014’ winners. Margarita Feaks Gallery, UK.
2014 – Februar, Drawing by ARINA ‘External Intention’, created as a special commission, was published in Russia on the ‘Projector of Alternative Reality’ (Проектор Отдельной Реальности ) Book Cover by the legendary esoteric Russian writer Vadim Zeland, whose books translated and published in more than 20 countries around the Globe, including United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Hong Kong etc.
2013 – August, Painting by ARINA ‘Wide Shut Eyes-1’ was published on the Book Cover of the ‘Klip-Transerfing’ (Клип-Трансерфинг) by the world-famous esoteric Russian writer Vadim Zeland, whose books translated and published in more than 20 countries including United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Hong Kong etc. The book ‘Klip-Transerfing’ is still on the top sellers' non-fiction list.
2013 - April, ARINA participated, as an invited guest, in the International Conference 'Transurfing Day' with the legendary esoteric Russian writer Vadim Zeland - author of the ‘Transurfing’ Esoteric Teaching at the Leonardo da Vinci Hotel Conference Hall in Milan, Italy. Painting by ARINA 'Shard of Time' was featured on the screen on the stage. ARINA was talking about the story behind her painting on the book cover. Vadim Zeland was talking about his new book 'Breaking the Technogenic System' followed by an autograph session.
2012 - July, Painting by ARINA ‘The Shard of Time’ was published on the Book Cover of a new amazing book ‘Breaking in Technogenic System’ (‘Взлом Техногенной Системы’) by the world-famous Russian writer Vadim Zeland. His esoteric books ‘Reality Transurfing’ are hugely popular all over the globe and translated and published in more than 20 countries including United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Hong Kong etc. The ‘Transurfing’ series is on the top sellers' non-fiction list for 5 years in Russia.
2012 - June, ARINA participated in the BBC2 TV programme ‘Show Me the Monet’ series in the UK with her painting ‘Silence, Opus 3’, having been selected out of more than 3000 submissions. The ‘Show Me the Monet’ series were on the National BBC2 TV during 4 weeks, followed by the Exhibition/Auction at the Mall Galleries.
2011 - 27 July, 18:00, Paintings by ARINA were featured on a big screen at the stage of the `Fundacion – Universidad I Salud´ at Premiere of the Performance ‘DESHORAS’ in Buenos-Aires, Argentina, directed by Marcela Fernandez. Performance included Plastic Language: painting, oil, acrylic, organic sculptures, video, music. Show featured 4 other artists, Marcelo Parmet, Mariana Perez, Marcela Fernández, Ariel Gonzalo García, contemporary dancers and actors, accompanying by original music created especially for this Art Show represented by Circular 6 Orchestra from Argentina: intervening space with live improvisation, linking the musical work with the character of each artist. The key of the Performance is the diversity of expression, vector distances in Time (calling Van Eyck (1400) Bruges) with a vector-cultural-geographical distance calling an artist ARINA born in Russia, now residing in London. Showing looks and different worlds and interact all the differences.
2011 - June, Drawings by ARINA participated in the Trans-Siberian Arts Centre project, exhibition travelled on the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Beijing launched at the Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China.
2010 - September, ‘Wide Shut Eyes’ series by ARINA were selected by the International Panel of 12 Judges out of 5000 submissions from 95 countries for a Trophy, awarded at the 3-d London Creative Awards Ceremony (LICC-2010) Award Ceremony at Soho Theatre in London. Each of 15 Final Selection winners received a segment of the LICC Awards Trophy (slate). When each Trophy is fit together it forms a completed piece of art work, like a jigsaw puzzle. On the 10th anniversary of LICC all the winning artists will gather together and present their altered Trophies. At that time these pieces will be united, combined, and put on display at an exhibition in London. After the exhibition they will be returned to the artists. Each artist employs their own unique method to modify these pieces, so when these individual Trophies are placed together they embody masterpiece of collaboration. LICC hope that throughout years these Trophies will be exhibited at museum and galleries and become highly collectible.
Education (Related to the Arts)
2007 - 2008 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK
2006 - 2007 BA Fine Art (Painting) Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK
2005 - 2006 Foundation Studies (Painting), Merit Certificate, Central Saint Martins College of Art and design, University of the Arts, London, UK
1985 - 1987 Art School (part-time), Fine Art, Distinction Certificate, Russia
1978 - 1980 Music College, Chorus Conductor, Composer, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory, Music History), Russia
1970 - 1977 Music School, (Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory, Music History), Russia
Essay by Peter Monkman MA, Director of Art Charterhouse and First Prize Winner of the BP Portrait Awards 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Recently within contemporary art there has been resurgence in using the portrait genre as a tool to explore concepts that reach beyond pure appearance and likeness. As an artist that uses portraiture, I am drawn to examine what it is that makes certain figurative artists compelling. ARINA’s faces stand out from the crowd with a graphic signature style that is memorable.
The compositions have a bold directness with the monochromes and reds creating a visual language that communicates across cultures. Her use of light, composition and pose has a sense of a 17 Century Dutch artists like Vermeer but the use of scale, tone and reference to realism bring it firmly into the 21 Century. The qualities of her art have hints of her Russian background within the context of Western influences.
On close inspection ARINA’s handling of paint is not of bold gestures but the quiet, slow build-up of tonal values which beautifully suggest the sensual surface of the skin and underlying bone structure. The lack of hair accentuates the features of the face with the folds of the head scarf contributing to the architecture of the head, creating an almost sculptural object. The repetition and slight variation of the compositions suggest film or photographic sequences and the flat red head scarf creates a colour-field that generates an interesting shifting pictorial space for the face to occupy.
ARINA uses herself as a vessel for her ideas; however, I would argue the paintings are not self-portraits. The likeness is striking and her expressions are beguiling; she occupies her face with the confidence of an actor trying to communicate to a broad audience. ARINA’s portraits are ambiguous, she does not reveal too much about herself but presents an icon of a woman that can be contemplated and interpreted in many ways; this is where her paintings’ strength.
ARINA’s Paintings - as Mysterious as Ethereal or Divine
Article by Pedro Boaventura, Art Galaxie Founder, Publisher, Writer, Artist
Born in the Article Circle, where she lived until the age of 4, a period in which she only witnessed 4 long nights and 4 long days, 6 months each. From there, she moved to a valley full of vibrant colors, where the world resembled a daydream, a new palette that contrasted with the tons of black and white to which she was used to.When she first saw the flowered fields for the very first time, it was an emotional and unforgettable moment – one that gave birth to her artistic side, she believes. However, her painting is essentially monochromatic, with the exception to the rule being the elements painted red.
When I see an ARINA’s painting, there is something that immediately catches the attention, something happens to time and space, it is as if they were compressed, or perhaps expanded. As if the world had stopped and so did time, as if the moment had been frozen by time, turning itself into a timeless one. The figure is somewhere between two worlds, in a calculated mishmash of tons and shapes which have no previous parallel in the canvas, nor in our intellect, turning the invisible into the visible.
The frozen glance materializes, at the same time, one and all the thoughts. Everything got reduced to its very essence, a world stripped of everything, of nothing, emptiness, the boundless nothingness, without frontiers, contours, a white in which one can see everything and almost nothing, as if it was the atmosphere of a distant glacial landscape. As mysterious as ethereal or divine.
A glance that holds the child’s curiosity and the wise man’s knowledge, the joy and the sadness, the doubt and the certainty, the equanimity and the concern, it has in it all of the paradoxical feelings tied together in a single expression that is as insecure as it is assertive. Evidently, that glance will not blink and will spend centuries without doing so. That glance stares at us without hesitations nor detours and we question ourselves about its luck. Even when the figure turns its back to us, we are still able to watch its glance, to feel its feelings and to predict its thoughts.
ARINA seems capable of breaking down the classics, reassembling them in a rather unique style, encompassing an approach that breathes freshness. The pronounced volume of the planes contrasts with the white mantle in the background. The detail and the minutiae are calculatedly shaped on a satin skin, on a silky anatomy. Under the skin one feel the voluptuousness, a volume, a movement, a harmony, muscles and bones belonging to the very same frame. The light slides, as if it was silk, through the contours of its face, as if it was on the wings of an angel. The shadows grow in a slow ballet, presenting shapes that are as beautiful as they are perfect.
A delicate, poetic, seductive and melancholic anatomy, entangled in a mixture of purity and maturity. There is something similar to a radiography, but one in which the soul is depicted instead. The features are mysterious and revealing. The sensual mouth in which one corner goes down and the other rises up. The question contained in one eye and the answer in the other.
The satin red outpours itself as if it was a layer of lava running on a grisaille canvas’s surface. The inanimate comes to life, sucking its energy from the soul of a monochromatic being. The scarf tells a story that is as rich as the figure, sometimes overlapping the latter, others just sliding to other planes. It carries the emotions and the thoughts in every single wrinkle, with each contour encompassing all of them in a harmonious unity.
My style can be described mainly as figurative realism, and often as imaginative realism and hyper-realism.
Creating a new painting for me is a kind of a magical ritual, almost alchemy. In my works I am trying to capture and visually express a quintessence of humans’ emotions and feelings, a pure essence of human’s soul and often hidden deep inner content. Deep emotions do not depend on any boundaries, such as countries, languages, mentalities, religions, races etc. I believe that pure emotions that visually depicted in art works can be perceived by everyone; emotionally powerful artworks can be adopted and understood by everybody in the world as a Universal language. I perceive my paintings as performance of the humans’ soul movements.
The fragile magic of life mesmerises me. I see humans’ souls as fragile lights of fireflies in the dark - it is so easy to break this light. And if I am able, as an artist, to transfer this light onto my paintings, maybe I am saving and increasing this light in the world? I’d like to believe that the main purpose of art is keeping this world in balance and harmony; and awareness of that gives me an entire inspiration to continue my work.