Arina Gordienko

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Arina Gordienko

ARC Associate Living Master TM

Russian 21st Century Realist

Born in Russia

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Arina Gordienko is an internationally acclaimed artist who is often known under her artist's name of 'ARINA'. She is passionately dedicated to the renaissance of the realistic traditions in painting and widely proclaims revival of Beauty in Art. She uses the old Masters classic 'sfumato' technique in her work but with her own contemporary essence. She has developed her own significant style, combining traditional classical techniques with surreal imaginative compositions and a contemporary palette.

Russian-born, now based in the UK, ARINA exhibits her paintings all over the world and is recognized with a number of awards in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. Her paintings were featured at venues such as Saatchi Gallery in London, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Italy etc. Her works are in private collections worldwide and featured in numerous publications including Reinhard Fuchs' book 'Masterpieces of Visual Arts - The Great Female Artists from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era' alongside works of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Bridget Riley etc., 'Masters of Contemporary Fine Art' in the UK, 'Strokes of Genius -4' and 'Strokes of Genius-6' in USA. She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art having graduated with Master's Degree (MA) in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK. ARINA is a full-member of Society of Women Artists in the UK, Portrait Society of America (PSA) in USA and an Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center (ARC).

ARINA's Faces

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. 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. ARINA uses herself as a vessel for her ideas; 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.
- (Peter Monkman MA, Director of Art Charterhouse, First Prize Winner of the BP Portrait Award 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK)

Awards & Recognition (selected)

2016 - Included to the Art Renewal Centre Museum as ARC Associate Living Master, USA
2016 - Winner, 2nd Prize Award, Berliner Art Prize 2016 (out of 1830 entries from 57 countries), Honorary Diploma for 'bright and remarkable contribution in the conservation and development of the artistic values in Modern Art', Berlin, Germany
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' category, Portrait Society of America Members Competition, USA
2012 - Winner, 4th Merit Award, 'Self-Portrait' category, Portrait Society of America Members Competition, USA
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 - 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

Exhibitions (selected)

2016 - Biennale PESCARART, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna, Italy
2016 - Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK, opened by SWA Patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. Also - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
2015 - Phantastishe Venus Biennale, Viechtag, Germany
2015 - ITINERA Contemporary Art, Gall'Art Roma, Museum Complex of Dioscuri, Rome, Italy.
2014 - Gemini Art Prize exhibition, Rebecca Cossack Gallery, London, UK
2013-2014 - Mortimore Art Prize, The very best in Realism, Exhibition tour: Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra etc., Australia
2013 - Solo-Exhibition 'ARINA - The Theatre Of One Artist', 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill, London, UK
2013 - Master of Art International Exhibition, Art Pavilion Gallery, London, UK
2013 - Exhibition of Awarded Artists on World Gallery of Drawing, Gallery of Art Critics (Adria Palace), Prague
2013 - International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Gall'Art Roma, Museum Sant'Oreste, Rome, Italy
2012 - Uncommon Vision, Museum of Fantastic Art, Vienna, Austria
2012 - 'Show me the Monet' exhibition of BBC2 series, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2012 - OSTEN Award Biennale, 40 Gallery and Museum of Drawing, Skopje, Macedonia
2010 - 'Art of Giving', SAATCHI Gallery, London, UK, with Sir Piter Blake, Banksy, Gavin Turk, Terry O'Neill, Alexa Meade
2010 - 'Arte Laguna Art Prize' International Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy
2010 - 'Best of 2010' International Exhibition, Marziart Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2009 - Fall Brush Exhibition, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA
2009 - 'MFA Now' Award Winner's Exhibition, Praxis Art International Gallery, Miami, USA
2008 - The First Biennale RBSA Open Portrait Award, Birmingham, UK

08 November 2017 to 12 November 2017

International Visionary Art Exhibition 13th Contemporary Art Fair

5 Av. Claude-Nobs, Montreux, VD 1820

ARC Associate Living Master Arina Gordienko will be exhibiting at the 13th Contemporary Art Fair, MAG – Montreux Art Gallery. The exhibition is 8000 square meters and over 3 floors. Approximately 120 exhibitors from around the world are divided in different areas: galleries, independent artists, thematic exhibitions, art and new technologies.

28 November 2017 to 03 December 2017

Art for a Brave Little Heart

37 Kensington High St, London, England W8 5ED

ARC Associate Living Master Arina Gordienko will be among the 28 internationally acclaimed artists participating in this charity exhibition and auction. 100% of the proceeds go towards the charity "Gift of Life", which is dedicated to helping children beat cancer.