Biography: Irina was born in 1960 in Ukraine. Her artistic talent was nourished from an early age, and soon after graduating in 1982 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg-Russia, she moved to the bay city of Haifa in the north of Israel .
There, at the Mediterranean crossroads of cultural ideas and influences, she founded her studio. Irina works exclusively in oil on canvas.
She has exhibited internationally, in New York and Los Angeles. Her work is in private collections in Israel, USA and Europe. In her earlier career Irina illustrated numerous children books.
Today she works mainly on commissioned portraits, landscapes, still-life and figurative art.
Her portrait work "Abu Muhammad: A Palestinian Worker" has been selected for the exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London of this year. The work was selected for the prestigious BP Award portrait competition. The judges selected the final 55 portraits for the exhibition from 2750 to be submitted.