Arina Gordienko MA PSA SWA ARC Associate Living Master

Based in the United Kingdom, Arina Gordienko is an internationally acclaimed figurative realist artist. She was born in the most north-easterly part of Russia, the Arctic polar region Chukotka, in a small remote gold-mining settlement. Her art education includes MA in Painting (Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London), BA in Fine Art (Central Saint Martins College of Art, UAL), and Distinction Diploma in Fine Art (Art College, part-time, Russia).
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 a member of Portrait Society of America. She is recognised with numerous international prizes and awards in the UK, USA and Europe. Her paintings featured at Saatchi Gallery in London, MEAM - Museum of European Art Modern in Barcelona, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Pescara (Italy), Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in USA, Rehs Contemporary Galleries in New York (USA), Mall Galleries in London and other galleries in the UK, USA, Australia, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Check Republic, Belgium and India.
Her paintings published in many art books, catalogues and art magazines, including ‘Strokes of Genius’ Art Books (Edition 4 & 6) in USA,  MEAM ‘Painting Today’ catalogue in Spain, ‘International Realism’ ARC Salon annual book in USA, ‘Art and Freedom XIV’ Year book by Artelibre Gallery in Spain, Reinhard Fuchs’ art 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.
She is represented by Artelibre Gallery in Spain, 33 Contemporary Gallery in USA and ARC Museum in USA. Her works are in private collections worldwide.
Arina is dedicated 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

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)

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Photographs of paintings by Alexey Moskvin Ada Yu  and Anton Sokolov



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