Arina Gordienko

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Arina Gordienko

ARC Associate Living Master TM

46 artworks

Russian/British 21st Century Realist

Born in Russia

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Long Walk Alone in the Tender Flame


Oil on Belgian linen

30 x 40 cms | 11 3/4 x 15 1/2 ins


Life in Crimson Flame


Oil on Belgian linen

36 x 48 cms | 14 x 18 3/4 ins




Oil on canvas

72 x 48 cms | 28 1/4 x 18 3/4 ins


After You


Oil on Belgian linen

121.9 x 91.4 cms | 48 x 36 ins


Full Moon

(Not For Nothing I Am Versed in the Most Secret Magic Arts)


Oil on Belgian linen

91.4 x 121.9 cms | 36 x 48 ins


Snail on the Slope

(Silence, Opus 7)


Oil on Belgian linen

91.4 x 91.4 cms | 36 x 36 ins


Gemini Sublimation


Oil on Belgian linen

71.1 x 101.6 cms | 28 x 40 ins


Illusion Partially Real


40 x 30 cms | 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 ins


The Light of Men


Oil on Belgian linen

175.3 x 121.9 cms | 69 x 48 ins


I Can See What You See


Oil on Belgian linen

40.6 x 30.5 cms | 16 x 12 ins

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Arina Gordienko, contemporary realist artist, lives in the UK and exhibits her figurative realistic works all over the world. She exhibited at Saatchi Gallery in London, MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Pescara, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in USA, OSTEN Museum of Drawing in Macedonia and others in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and India. 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), also Distinction Certificate in Fine Arts from Art College in Russia.

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 in London (UK), ModPortrait in Zaragoza and Barcelona (Spain), Arte Laguna Art Prize in Venice (Italy), IBPC at WMOCA in Wausau (USA), Art Gemini Prize in London (UK), Mortimore Art Prize in Australia, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, ARC Salon, International Artist Magazine, Derwent Fine Art Award, The Artist’s Magazine, etc.

Her paintings published in many art books, catalogues and magazines, incl. ‘Strokes of Genius’ Edition 4 & 6, ‘Leonardo Art Guide – 2020’, ‘Art and Freedom’ Artelibre Yearbook XIV, ‘International Realism’ ARC Salon editions 14th, 13th & 12th, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, PoetsArtists various publications, etc. Arina is an Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center in USA, a selected member of Society of Women Artists in the UK and International Member of Portrait Society of America.

Her works involve emotionally and intellectually, they may emerge minimalistic and reserved, dramatic or ironic yet they consistently enrolled with strong emotional impact, an intellectual riddle and philosophical content. She evokes viewers’ emotional response by inviting her audience to experience the hidden emotions and deep inner feelings revealed in her personages.

Artist Statement

I never expect that inspiration comes 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.





2021 – Award Winner, Honourable Mention at IBPC International Biennial Portrait Competition, WMOCA Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, USA

2021 – Award Winner, 2-nd Prize, Favourite Subjects, International Artist Magazine, USA

2019 – Award Winner, 3-d Prize, People/Figures, International Artist Magazine, USA

2019 – Award Winner, Derwent Special Fine Art Award, Presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent at SWA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2016 – Award Winner, 2-nd Place Award, Berliner Art Prize, Germany

2016 – Award Winner, Honorary Mention Diploma for ‘bright and remarkable contribution in the conservation and development of the artistic values in Modern Art’, Berliner Art Prize, Germany

2015 – Winner (Publication), ‘Strokes of Genius-7’ (out of over 2000 entries) International Drawing Competition, USA

2014 – Award Winner, 3-d Place Award, ‘Outside the Box’, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, USA

2013 – Award Winner, Excellence Award, Lisa Cooper Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery Award, New York, USA

2013 – Award Winner, Excellence Award, Renée Phillips Art Essay Award, New York, USA

2013 – Award Winner, Gold Award Master of Art International, Awards Ceremony, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK

2012 – Award Winner. 2-nd Merit Award, Portrait Society of America Members Competition, ‘Outside the Box’ category, USA

2012 – Award Winner, 4-th Merit Award, Portrait Society of America Members Competition, 'Self-Portrait’ category, USA

2011 – Award Winner, 2-nd Prize at ‘Is it Fine Art? Challenging Traditions’, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA

2011 – Winner (Publication), ‘Strokes of Genius-4’ (out of 1650 entries), International Drawing Competition, USA

2010 – Award Winner, The Best Foreign Artist Mention, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy

2010 – Award Winner, Special Prize Gagliardi Art Gallery, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice, Italy

2010 – Award Winner, Special Prize Fiorella Pieri Contemporary Art Gallery, Arte Laguna Art Prize,  Venice Arsenale, Italy

2010 – Award 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 

2009 – Award 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 – Award Winner, 1-st 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 – Award Winner, 2-nd Prize (out of 14.000), Portrait/Figure, The Artist’s Magazine, USA

2008 – Award 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 – Award Winner, 1-st Prize (Out of 14.000) Portrait/Figure Students category, The Artist’s Magazine, USA

2008 – Award Winner, Public Choice Prize, National Open Art Competition, UK. Awarded by Kay Austin, the Arts Club, London

2008 – Award Winner, Visitor's Choice Award, Cork Street Art Competition, London, UK




 Exhibitions (selected)

2021  'Women Painting (All Over the World), MEAM – Museum of European Art Modern in Barcelona, Spain

2021  'ModPortrait', MEAM – Museum of European Art Modern in Barcelona, Palace Bantierra in Zaragoza, Spain

2021  ‘Loengrin’ Contest Exhibition, MEAM – Museum of European Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain

2020  ’20 Years in 20 x 20’, Artelibre Gallery & MEAM,  Einaudi Palace - Chivasso (Turin), Italy

2020  ModPortrait, MEAM – Museum of European Art Modern, Barcelona, Palace Bantierra in Zaragoza, Spain

2020  ‘The Creator and The Muse’, ZBAC, Chicago, USA

2020 - Mall Galleries - London, UK. SWA Annual Exhibition. Opened by SWA Patron Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent.  Also – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

2020  ’20 Years in 20 x 20’, Artelibre Gallery & MEAM,  Einaudi Palace - Chivasso (Turin), Italy

2020  ‘The Creator and The Muse’, ZBAC, Chicago, USA

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

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

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.