Gordienko MA PSA SWA ARC Associate Living Master
now based in the UK, Arina Gordienko is an internationally acclaimed artist
often known as ‘ARINA’. She awarded with the ‘Associate Living Master’ Status
by prestigious Art Renewal Center (ARC) in USA and is recognized with more than
40 international awards in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia.
paintings featured at venues such as Saatchi Gallery in London, Museum of
Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Italy, Museum Complex of Dioscuri in
Rome, Mall Galleries in London, Venice Arsenale in Venice and many others in
the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and India. Her works are in private collections
worldwide including ARC Museum, USA and OSTEN Museum of Drawing, Macedonia.
works 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, ‘Masters of Painting’ in
the UK, ‘Strokes of Genius -4’ and ‘Strokes of Genius-6’ in USA. She graduated
with MFA at Chelsea College of Art having also studied at Central Saint Martins
College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK. She is a selected
member of Society of Women Artists in the UK, Portrait Society of America and
Art Renewal Centre in USA.
is passionately dedicated to renaissance of the realistic traditions in
painting and widely proclaims revival of beauty in art. In her work she uses
the old Masters classic ‘sfumato’ technique but with her own contemporary
essence. She developed her own significant and highly recognisable style,
combining traditional classical techniques with surreal imaginative
compositions and contemporary palette.
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.
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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