Arina Gordienko

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Arina Gordienko

ARC Associate Living Master TM

45 artworks

Russian/British 21st Century Realist

Born in Russia

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Snail on the Slope (Silence, Opus 7)


Oil on Belgian linen

91.4 x 91.4 cms | 36 x 36 ins


Rare Bird


Oil on Belgian linen

76.2 x 101.6 cms | 30 x 40 ins


Rare Bird-2


Oil on Belgian linen

76.2 x 101.6 cms | 30 x 40 ins


Silence, Opus 6


Oil on Belgian linen

20.3 x 20.3 cms | 8 x 8 ins


Silence, Opus 4


Oil on Belgian linen

20.3 x 20.3 cms | 8 x 8 ins




Oil on Belgian linen

30 x 48 cms | 11 3/4 x 18 3/4 ins


Silence, Opus 5


Oil on Belgian linen

20.3 x 20.3 cms | 8 x 8 ins


I Can See What You See


Oil on Belgian linen

40.6 x 30.5 cms | 16 x 12 ins


Gemini Sublimation


Oil on Belgian linen

71.1 x 101.6 cms | 28 x 40 ins

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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 and 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, catalogues 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 14th, 13th & 12th.

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. Her works may emerge dramatic or ironic yet they consistently enrolled with an intellectual riddle and philosophical content appealing to curious, sophisticated and peculiar minds. 

Artist Statement

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.



Recognition & Awards (selected)


2019 - Winner, Third Prize in People/Figures Challenge competition of the International Artist Magazine, USA

2019 - Derwent Special Fine Art Award, SWA Exhibition, awarded by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2019 - Finalist, 14th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA

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 ‘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, 8th 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, 6th Showcase ARTslant Prize, Painting Category, International Juried Competition

2010 - Finalist, Grant - ARTWORK International, Inc., Painting category, USA

2009 – Semi-Finalist (top 100 out of 1900 entries), 'Silence, Opus 3' made to the second round of selection for the

BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, UK.

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

2008Semi-Finalist (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

2008 - Shortlisted (Top 5 out of 1500 entries) Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize, London, UK

 Exhibitions (selected)


2020 – Story Tellers, The Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

2019 – Something More Than Realism, Artelibre Gallery, Zaragoza, Spain

2019 - Mall Galleries - London, UK. SWA Annual Exhibition. Opened by SWA Patron Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent.  Also – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

2019 – International Biennial Portrait Competition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI, 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

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 - 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




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.




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.