About the Artist
Irina Alexeevna Chernavina was born in the town of Kuybyshev in 1975. She graduated from Kuybyshev Art School No. 1.
She went on to graduate from the Samara Art Academy’s graphics-pedagogical department (1991-1996), then the Tolyatti branch at Samara State Pedagogical University in the department of fine arts (1997-2002).
When still a student of this university, she joined the Union of Russian Artists, becoming its youngest member.
Since 1997, she has participated in republic-wide, national and regional exhibitions.
Her personal exhibitions have been held in Samara (at the Babylon Gallery) and Moscow (at the MARS Center for Contemporary Arts).
She has actively collaborated with the ZERO Gallery, whose director is Naum Olev.
Her work is included in the Realism of the 21st Century catalog in the Drawings section and
the Russian Art 2004 catalog in the
Among her fans are a number of well-known politicians, businessmen and people of art, including Jacques Chirac (former President of France),
Sheikh Ahmed Fshmavi, Sir David Tang (founder of the China Club in Asia and China Tang at The Dorchester hotel), Konstantin Titov (former Governor of the Samara Oblast), Vladimir Avetisyan (former Deputy Chairman of RAO UES Russia) and others.
Irina Chernavina is a very expressive, provocative artist with her own inimitable style.
She gently interweaves kindness, humor and conceptuality in her art.
Irina Chernavina’s paintings with their frenzy of color can turn a gray world into a bright sunny universe.
Watermelon flesh stares at you from one side, from the other – motley scatterings of all kinds of berries, and from a third – pastries as if freshly baked and laid out by a careful baker.
Irina has a recognizable artistic technique greatly influenced by her father, who worked with tapestries.
Perhaps this is the reason this artist’s work creates the impression of embroidery on canvas.
Irina Chernavina’s art features in the private collections of the 22nd President of France Jacques Chirac, the actor Igor Bochkin and the singer Alexandr Serov.
A cycle of Chernavina’s paintings were once purchased specially for filming a television series.
Irina also helps charitable organizations that provide support to sick children.