Solo Exhibition Gallery
About The Artist
Iryna Akimova is a contemporary Ukrainian artist who lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from Kharkov State University (Ukraine), where she got her PhD degree. Iryna started her professional artistic career 15 years ago after having vast experience as a University professor, director of an NGO, and parliamentarian. “Going into the arts constituted an unexpected turn on my life path. However, it brought an enormous excitement, and unleashed my creativity “. Some of her art projects were inspired by political problems, and addressed social injustice. Later she concentrated on studying the roots of the individuality in the formation of subjective perceptions of the reality. She creates her pictures (including landscapes and still-lives) as reflections of human feelings and emotions. Her professional advancement was noted by famous Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk, who called Iryna a new star in Ukrainian contemporary art family.
She is fond of «exercices de style» and experiments. She often presents her expressionistic paintings along with the impressive abstract and surrealistic experiments. She started in painting, and then went into installations, video-animation and performance in order to achieve a multidimensional effect.
She had ten solo exhibitions, and took part in 50+ national and international group exhibitions, She received awards at several international art contests. Some of her pictures were successfully sold at Phillips auction in London, and several artworks entered museums and private collections in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, and China.
Iryna is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. Five years ago she founded Ukrainian Association of Feminine Research in the Arts (UAFRA) and established an annual Womens’ArtFest to advocate gender equality in the arts.