Arina Gordienko lives in the UK and exhibits her figurative realistic works all over the world. Her art education includes MFA in Painting at Chelsea College of Arts, BFA at Central Saint Martins College of Art (both University of the Arts London), and Distinction Certificate in Fine Arts at Art College in Russia.
She participated in exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery in London, at the MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Pescara, OSTEN Museum of Drawing and other venues in the UK, USA , Australia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Belgium Germany, Check Republic, Macedonia and India.
Arina is a multi-award winner and finalist of numerous national and international contests in the UK, USA and Europe, such as Saatchi Art of Giving National Competition, ModPortrait, ARC Salon, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, IBPC an WMOCA, International Artist Magazine, Derwent Fine Art Award, Art Gemini Prize, Mortimore Art Prize, LICC - London International Creative Competition, The Artist's Magazine, NOACC Public Choice Award etc. Her paintings twice went through the second round of the BP Portrait Award. She has a status of Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center in USA.
Her paintings published in various art books, catalogs and magazines, incl. 'Strokes of Genius' Edition 4 & 6, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, Leonardo Art Guide 2019, Art and Freedom Yearbook XIV, PoetsArtists various publications, International Realism ARC Salon editions 14 th , 13 th & 12 th .
Arina dedicates herself to realistic traditions in painting, combining traditional classical techniques with imaginative compositions and contemporary palette. In her work she uses the old Masters classic 'sfumato' technique but with her own contemporary essence. Her style can be described as imaginative realism where personages placed into artist's imaginary world and circumstances. Her works appear minimalistic and reserved however the artist involves emotionally and intellectually; most often she portrays her characters with a direct gaze that triggers a special eye contact, which is a form of nonverbal communication implying close relationship. She communicates with her viewers by inviting them to experience all the hidden emotions and deep inner feelings that she reveals in her personages and that evoke viewers' emotional response.
I never expect that inspiration will come to me on a daily basis - I just go to my studio and get myself ready for working hard and then, in hours, inspiration can come along if I'm lucky. But it is not guaranteed. Only hours of hard work and practice help to create something spectacular. I think what I am bringing to the world within my creativity. I believe that artists are responsible for every brush stroke we produce.. The more beautiful and positive art works created today, the better will be the world we are living tomorrow. Art is the most powerful tool to keep this world in balance and harmony.
Exhibitions (brief selection)
2019 - Artelibre Gallery, 'Something More Than Realism', Zaragoza, Spain
2019 - Mall Galleries, 'SWA Annual', Opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, London, UK.
Also - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.
2019 - Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, 'International Biennial Portrait Competition', WI, USA
2019 - Rehs Contemporary Galleries, 'I Observe ', New York, USA
2019 - MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art,' Painting Today ', curator Didi Menendez, Barcelona, Spain
2018 - Figurative Realism, curated by Dirk Dzimirsky and Didi Menendez, exclusive online exhibition
2017 -' Art For a Little Brave Heart 'Fund-raising for Charity' Gift of Life, Rossotrudnichsetvo, London, UK
2017 - MAG Montreux Art Gallery, 'FIRST MAG Visionary Art', Switzerland, with HR Giger, Ernst Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Martina Hoffmann, Brigid Marlin, Roku Sasaki
2016 - Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna, 'Biennale PESCARART', Pescara , Italy
2015 - Phantastishe Venus Biennale, Viechtag, Germany
2015 - Museum Complex of Dioscuri, 'ITINERA Contemporary Art', Gall'Art Roma, Rome, Italy.
2014 - Rebecca Cossack Gallery, 'Gemini Art Prize', London, UK
2013-2014 - Mortimore Art Prize 'The very best in Realism' Touring: Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra etc., Australia
2013 - Solo-Exhibition 'ARINA - The Theater Of One Artist ', 20th Century Theater, Notting Hill, London, UK
2013 - Master of Art International Exhibition, Art Pavilion Gallery, London, UK
2013 - Gallery of Art Critics (Adria Palace), Exhibition of Awarded Artists of World Gallery of Drawing, Prague
2013 - Museum Sant'Oreste, 'International Exhibition of Contemporary Art', Gall'Art Roma, Rome, Italy
2012 - Museum of Fantastic Art, 'Uncommon Vision', Vienna, Austria
2012 - Mall Galleries, 'Show me the Monet' of BBC2 series, London, UK
2012 - Museum of Drawing, 'OSTEN Award Biennale', Skopje, Macedonia
2010 - SAATCHI Gallery, 'Art of Giving ', with Sir Piter Blake, Banksy, Gavin Turk, Alexa Meade, London, UK
2010 - Venice Arsenale,' Arte Laguna Art Prize ', Venice, Italy
2010 - Marziart Gallery,' Best of 2010 'International', Hamburg, Germany
2009 - Pen and Brush Gallery, 'Fall Brush Exhibition, New York, USA
2009 - Praxis Art International Gallery, 'MFA Now' Award Winner's Exhibition, Miami, USA
2008 - The First Biennale RBSA Open Portrait Award, Birmingham, UK
Awards & Achievements (selected)
2019 - Derwent Special Fine Art Award, awarded by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, SWA Annual, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2019 - Finalist, 14th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2018 - Finalist, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Non-Commissioned Portrait
2018 - Finalist, 13th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2017 - Finalist, 12th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2016 - Awarded the ARC Associate Living Master Status and Included to the Art Renewal Centre Museum, USA
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: Depth, Dimension and Space' Drawing Competition, USA
2014 - Winner, 3d Place Award, 'Outside the Box', Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, USA
2013 - Winner, Gold Award - Master of Art International, Margarita Feaks Gallery, London, UK
2013 - Finalist, Mortimore Art Prize, Surrealism Category, Australia
2012 - Winner, Special Award, OSTEN World Gallery and Museum of Drawing Biennale, Skopje, Macedonia
2012 - Winner, 2nd Merit Award, 'Outside the Box', Portrait Society of America Members Competition, USA
2012 - Winner, 4th Merit Award, 'Self-Portrait' category, Portrait Society of America Members Competition
2011 - Winner. Strokes of Genius-4: Best of Drawing, 'Exploring Line', Drawing Competition, USA
2010 - Finalist (Top 10 out of 1650 entries), Art of Giving Competition, SAATCHI Gallery, London, UK
2010 - Finalist, The Best Foreign Artist Mention, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy
2010 - Winner, Trophy Award, LICC-2010 (top 15 out of over 5000 submissions from 95 countries), London, UK
2009 - Shortlisted (top 100 out of 1900 entries), BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK 'Silence, Opus 3' made through to the second round of selection
2009 - Winner, MFA Now Award, International Painting Competition, Miami - New York, USA
2009 - Winner, 1st Place Award, Full Brush Competition, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA
2009 - Winner, 2 nd Prize Award, Portrait/Figure category, The Artist's Magazine, USA
2008 - Winner, Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award, SWA Annual exhibition, Mall Galleries. London, UK
2008 - Winner, 1st Prize (out of 14.000 entries) Portrait/Figure Students category, The Artist's Magazine, USA
2008 - Winner, Public Choice Prize, NOAC National Open Art Competition, London, UK
2008 - Winner, Visitor's Choice Award, Cork Street International Art Competition, London, UK
2008 - Finalist, The RBSA Portrait Award, Biennale, Birmingham, UK
2008 - Shortlisted (Top 100 out of 1650 entries), BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery , UK. 'Angel, Portrait of Angelica' has been through the second round of selection