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N I B I R U, 2010 Oil On Linen 122/93 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
Shard of Time, 2012 Oil On Linen 92x122cm © ARINA copiryght 2005-2012. All rights reserved
WIDE SHUT EYES-1, 2008 Oil On Linen 165/190 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
WIDE SHUT MOUTH, 2008 Oil On Linen 174/195 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
WIDE SHUT EYES-2, 2009 Oil On Linen 165/190 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
WIDE SHUT EYES-3, 2009 Oil On Linen 165/190 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
SILENCE, OPUS 3, 2009 Oil On Linen 110/145 Cm © Arina Gordienko
ANGEL (Portrait of Angelika), 2008 Oil On Linen 102/76 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
THE SMILE (part of diptych), 2008 Oil On Linen 122/92 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
BEHIND THE SMILE (part od diptych), 2008 Oil On Linen 122/92 Cm © ARINA 2005-2011
The Smile, diptych, 2008 Oil On Linen 122x200cm © ARINA 2005-2012 copyright. All rights reserved
Renaissance as Augury-1, 2011 Oil On Linen 92x122cm © ARINA 2005-2012 copiright. Al rights reserved
Renaissance as Augury-2, 2011 Oil On Linen 92x122cm © ARINA 2005-2012 copyright. All rights reserved
Renaissance as Augury-3, 2011 Oil On Linen 92x122cm © ARINA 2005-2012 Copyright. All rights reserved.
Renaissance as Augury-4, 2011 Oil On Linen 92x122cm © ARINA 2005-2012 copyright. All rights reserved.
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Renaissance as Augury series, 2011-2012 Oil On Linen 92x600cm © ARINA 2005-2012 copyright. All rights reserved
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Russian-born British artist ARINA, based in London, exhibits her paintings all over the world and is recognized with a number of awards in the UK, USA and Europe. Her paintings have been featured at venues such as the Saatchi Gallery and Mall Galleries in London, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Venice Arsenale in Italy, World Museum of Drawing in Macedonia and many others in New York, Miami, Venice, Rome, Prague, Hamburg, Vienna, Brussels, Marseille etc. and participated in events in London, Milan, Buenos-Aires, Moscow and Beijing. Her works are in private collections worldwide, including Gustav Metzger private collection. ARINA has been included in Reinhard Fuchs’ book ‘Masterpieces of Visual Art. The Great Female Artists from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era’ alongside Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Yayoi Kusama, Bridget Riley etc. ARINA is a full-member of Society of Women Artists (SWA) in the UK and Portrait Society of America (PSA). She studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art having graduated with Master’s degree (MA) in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London. Her works and achievements are all documented on her website



2007 - 2008    MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK

2006 – 2007   BA Fine Art (Painting) Central Saint Martins College of Arts,  University of the Arts London

2005 – 2006   Foundation (Painting), Merit Certificate, Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London

1985 – 1987   Art School (part-time), Fine Art, Distinction Certificate, Russia 


Prizes and Awards 


GOLD AWARD Master of Art International , Awards Ceremony at the Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK, 2013

Show Award Certificate, IAF 2013, International Art Festival, New York, USA, 2013

OSTEN Special Award, 40 Gallery of Drawing Osten Biennial 2012, World Gallery and Museum of Drawing, Skopje, Macedonia. Grand Prix for Life Achievement was awarded to a legendary artist CHRISTO (USA), First Award for Concept - to Vitaly Komar (USA). Award for World Cultural Heritage - to Pablo Picasso. The works of winning artists will be an integral part of the OSTEN Museum of Drawing collection   

2-nd Merit Award in the ‘Outside the Box’ category, Portrait Society of America International Competition, USA, 2012

4-th Merit Award in the ‘Self-Portrait’ category, Portrait Society of America Members International Competition, USA, 2012

Winner of Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing, 2011, USA, North Light judges and series editor Rachel Wolf selected the winning images of 112 artists from a record number of more than 1650 entries. 

Second Prize at ‘Is it Fine Art? Exhibition Challenging Traditions’, 2011, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA. Juried by gallerist and auctioneer Kenneth Hutter and auction appraiser Jennifer Elhardt 

ART OF GIVING Award, National Art Competition Finalist, SAATCHI Gallery, London, UK, 2010. Two paintings of ARINA, ‘Silence, Opus 3’ and ‘Nibiru’ were chosen out of thousands of entries among the 10 finalists in Painting/Drawing category of the Art of Giving National Art Competition 2010 in the United Kingdom. The works have been selected by a panel that includes representatives from the Tate, Frieze, Scream and FAS London, Gavin Turk, Christian Furr and Terry O'Neill. 

LICC-2010, London International Creative Competition, Winner for a Trophy, Awards Ceremony in Soho Theatre, London, UK. ‘Wide Shut Eyes’ series by ARINA were selected by the International Panel of 12 Judges out of 5000 submissions from 95 countries for a Trophy awarded at the LICC-2010 Award Ceremony at the Soho Theatre in London 

The Best Foreign Artist Mention, Arte Laguna Art Prize, 2010, Venice Arsenale, Italy 

Special Prize Gagliardi Art Gallery, Arte Laguna Art Prize, 2010, Venice Arsenale, Italy 

Special Prize Fiorella Pieri Contemporary Art Gallery, Arte Laguna Art Prize, 2010, Venice Arsenale, Italy 

Best of 2010, Winner in Painting People/Today Life category, Marziart International Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

EXPO-29 Winner, International Painting Competition, b.j.spoke gallery, 2010, New York, USA. Juried by Cornelia Seckel, publisher ’The Art Times’

ARTslant Prize, 6th 2010 Showcase Winner in Painting Category, International Juried Competition

ARTWORKinternational, Inc. finalist for the grant 2010 

MFA Now Award Winner, International Painting Competition, 2009, Miami, New York, USA. Winners were chosen by international panel of judges including Kay Saatchi, Edward Lucie-Smith, Judy Chicago, John Miley, Maura Reilly, Bernar Veneth , Colette Kwok, Victoria Lu 

First Place Award, Full Brush Exhibition, Pen and Brush Gallery, 2009, New York, USA, Juried and awarded by Margaret Kelly Trombly, the president of the Forbes Art Collection 

Second Prize in Portrait/Figure category, The Artist’s Magazine, International Painting Competition, 2009, USA. The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Painting Competition boasts between 10 and 14 thousand entries, narrowing the field to choose between 50 and 75 images for the final judging panel to select 6 winners in each category. 

Face of National British Charity ‘Sue Ryder Care 2009’, Art Liberating Lives Campaign, UK 

Finalist in the Annual Painting Prize FRINGEMK, 2009 

Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award 2008, SWA exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, awarded by Lady Gabriella Windsor

Public Choice Prize 2008, National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK, Awarded by Kay Austin at the Arts Club, Dover Street Mayfair, London

Visitor's Choice Award 2008, Cork Street Gallery, Annual Cork Street Open Art Competition, London, UK 

First Prize in Portrait/Figure category, The Artist’s Magazine, International Student’s Competition, 2008, USA, The Artist's Magazine (January/February 2009) 'Stand-out Students' (Page 54)                   

Shortlisted for The Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize 2008, London, UK 


Selected Exhibitions


20th Century Theatre, London, UK, ‘ARINA-The Theatre Of One Artist’, Solo-exhibition, April, 2013  

The Art Pavilion Gallery, London, UK, Master of Art International, 2013

Gallery of Art Critics (Adria Palace) Prague, Exhibition of Awarded Artists on World Gallery of Drawing, 2013 

Museum Sant’Oreste, Rome, Italy, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, July-October 2013 

ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, UK, THE FEMAIL PROJECT exhibition. 2013

Stars With Stars, Gall’Art Roma Gallery, Bacco in Tevere, Rome, Italy, August, 2013 

25 CPW Gallery, New York, USA, International Art Festival, June 2013

Coningsby Gallery, London, 'After the Monet' group exhibition, 2013 

Gall’Art Roma Gallery, AAF Brussels, 2013 

Off the Wall Gallery, Wales, UK, Touch of Women, International exhibition, March, 2013

Museum of Fantastic Art, Vienna, Austria, Uncommon Vision, 2012, curated by Prof. Philip Rubinov-Jacobson 

Mall Galleries, London, UK, Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, 2008, 2009,2010, 2012 opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent and also by Gloria Hanniford 

Elysium Gallery, Volcano Theatre, Wales, UK, BEEP International Painting Prize -2012 

OSTEN Award Biennal 2012, 40 Gallery of Drawing, Museum of Drawing, Skopje, Macedonia 

SOHO20 Gallery, New York, USA, 'Backlash' exhibition on women's rights, 2012 

Gallery Vista, Rome, Italy, RinfrescARTE, 2012 

Pen and Brush Gallery, New York,USA,Is it Fine Art?-Exhibition Challenging Traditions-2011 curated by gallerist and auctioneer Kenneth Hutter and auction appraiser Jennifer Elhardt 

UNIT24 Gallery, London, UK, The Passion for Freedom Art Festival, 2011 

Galleria Espositiva Ex Roma Club Monti, Rome, Italy, Colorissimamente, International Art Exhibition,2011 

Marseille Project Gallery, Marseille, France, Housewarming-2008, Futureproof-2010, Artist’s Portrait-2011, curated by Lira Kay, artist, gallerist and art-critic

Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA, Award Winners Artists-2011

The Mall Galleries, London, UK, 150th Celebratory Exhibition SWA-2011, opened by SWA Patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent 

SAATCHI GALLERY, London, UK, Art of Giving 2010, with Banksy, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, Terry O’Neill, Sir Piter Blake, Steve Goddard, Leonardo Drew, Christian Furr, Alexa Meade, Breezy Bailey, Zak Ove. 

Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy, Arte Laguna Art Prize exhibition, 2010 

Mayfair Gallery, London, UK, Legende Celebrity Art in collaboration with Art of Giving-2010, with world famous artists and photographers Gerard Mankowitz, Terry O’Neill, Danny Clifford, Allan Warren, Gavin Turk etc. 

b.j.spoke gallery, USA, New York, EXPO-2010, juried by Cornelia Seckel, publisher The Art Times

Cork Street Gallery, London, UK, Annual Cork Street Open Art Competition, 2008, 2009, 2010, juried by Edward Lucy-Smith 

Marziart International Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, Best of 2010 

Mall Galleries, London, UK, Art Liberating Lives Exhibition, 2008, 2009, 2010 

Gallery Lilly Zeligman, Holland, Summer Show-2010 

Brighton University Gallery, Brighton, UK, Occidental Dimension, 2010, the first of a touring show to be staged in 3 cities across China 

National Festival Theatre, Chichester, UK, The National Open Art Competition, 2008, 2010, the panel of the judges headed by Gavin Turk 

Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA, Fall Brush Exhibition-2009, curated by Margaret Kelly Trombly, the president of the Forbes Collection 

Praxis Art International Gallery, Miami, USA, MFA Now Award Winner’s Exhibition, 2009, juried by the international panel of judges, including Kay Saatchi, Edward Lucie-Smith and Judy Chicago 

Brick Lane Bodhi Gallery, London, UK, Condensation, The Temperature is Rising, 2008, 2009 

The RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK, The First Biennial RBSA Open Portrait Award, 2008 

The Art Club, Dover Street, London, UK,  Exhibition of Prize Winners of National Open Art Competition, 2008 

The Arts Gallery, Davies Street, London, UK, XHIBIT-07 competition, 2007, winners selected by Tom Hunter

Lethaby Gallery, London , UK, LANDMARKS 2006, Central Saint Martins College of Art 

Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize-2008, London, UK, Red Room Gallery, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, UK 

MA Fine Art Final Degree Show-2008, London, UK, Chelsea College of Art and Design 

MA Fine Art Chelsea Interim Show-2008, London, UK, 'Nearly Me, Nearly Now, Nearly Show', Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art 

Variety of exhibitions in Russia (1985 – 1993), including Regional Exhibitions at Regional Art Museum of Zauralie, Russia



In April 2013 ARINA participated, as an invited guest, in the conference 'Transurfing Day' with the author of Transurfing writer Vadim Zeland at the Leonardo da Vinci Hotel Conference Hall, Milan, Italy. Painting by ARINA 'Shard of Time' was featured on the screen on the stage

In July 2012 painting by ARINA ‘The Shard of Time’  was published on the Book Cover of a new amazing book ‘Breaking in Technogenic System’ (‘Взлом Техногенной Системы’) by the world-famous Russian writer Vadim Zeland, His esoteric books ‘Reality Transurfing’, ‘Apples Fall into the Sky’, ‘Ruler of Reality’, 'Apocryphal Transurfing’ and others are hugely popular all over the globe. Books by Vadim Zeland have been translated and published in more than 20 countries including United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Hong Kong etc. The ‘Transurfing’ series is on the top sellers' non-fiction list for 5 years. In Russia along have been sold millions of copies across all ‘Transurfing’ titles.

Premiere of the Performance ‘DESHORAS’ in Buenos-Aires, Argentina. 27 of July 2011, at 18.30 pm. Directed by Marcela Fernandez, Plastic Language: painting, oil, acrylic, organic sculptures, video, music Paintings by ARINA were featured on a big screen at the stage of the `Fundacion – Universidad I Salud´ among the 4 other artists, Marcelo Parmet, Mariana Perez, Marcela Fernández, Ariel Gonzalo García,contemporary dancers and actors, accompanying by original music created especially for this Art Show represented by Circular 6 Orchestra from Argentina: intervening space with live improvisation, linking the musical work with the character of each artist. The key of the Performance is the diversity of expression. Join vector distances in Time (calling Van Eyck (1400) Bruges) with a vector-cultural-geographical distance calling an artist ARINA born in Russia, now residing in London. Showing looks and different worlds and seek to relate in the same space and interact all the differences, try a possible dialogue, an encounter, a reflection of who we are

Art Elevator – a launching pad for new artists, Aquire Gallery, London, UK, March 15, 2011. Works for this exhibition were selected by the invited guest judge ARINA. Art elevator was conceived as a springboard for up and coming artists. 

Trans-Siberian Arts Centre, exhibition travelled on the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Beijing launched at the Red Gate Gallery, 2011, Beijing, China 

The 3rd London Creative Awards Ceremony, LICC-2010, Soho Theatre, London, UK. WIDE SHUT EYES series have been selected as Winner for a Trophy



Masterpieces of Visual Art. The Great Female Artists: From The Middle Ages To The Modern Era, Reinhard Fuchs, Volume 1,Fürstenweg, Austria, 2013, p.431

The Lexikon of Fantastic Artists, Gerhard Habarta, ‘1.300 phantastic, surreal  and  visionary artists are recorded in the LEXIKON’, Vienna, Austria, 2013

The Theatre of One Artist, Solo-exhibition catalogue, 20th Century Theatre, London, UK, 2013

International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Museum Sant’Oreste, Rome, Italy, (catalogue), 2013

Клип-Трансерфинг, (Klip-Transerfing) Vadim Zeland, book cover, Exmo Publishing, Russia, July 2013

Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing/Exploring Line, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf, 2012, Art Book, published by North Light Books, USA, p.14

Взлом техногенной системы, (Breaking in Technogenic System) Vadim Zeland, book cover, Vesy Publishing, Russia, 2012, also mention on p.94

OSTEN Award Biennal of Drawing, 2012, Skopie, Macedonia, catalogue, p.33

International Contemporary Artists, Vol IV, art book, 2012, I.C.A. Publishing, New York, NY, USA, p.10

ARINA,Poets Artists Magazine, End of the Year issue, 2011, USA, no.28, pages 36-39

The Art of the Portrait, Journal of the Portrait Society of America,USA,2011, issue no.57, p.16

LICC-London International Creative Competition, 2010, Asterisk press, USA, (catalogue),

SAATCHI Gallery, Art of Giving 2010 exhibition, London, UK, (catalogue)

Arte Laguna Art Prize 2010, Venice, Italy, (catalogue)

The Society of Women Artists 2010, Mall Galleries, London, UK (catalogue)

Occidenatl Dimension, 2010, Brighton, UK, (catalogue)

Annual Cork Street Open Art Competition 2010, London, UK, (catalogue)

The Art of the Portrait, Journal of the Portrait Society of America, USA, December 2009, issue no.46, p.16

The Year's Best Art, Tamera Lenz Muente, The Artist's Magazine, USA, December 2009, p.33

A good reason to get arty, The Daily Mirror, London, UK, 2009, Monday,September 21, p.33

The Society of Women Artists 2009, Mall Galleries, London, UK (catalogue)

Annual Cork Street Open Art Competition 2009, London, UK, (catalogue)

Fringe MK-2009, Milton Keynes, UK (catalogue)

Saving Lives with Art, The Wandsworth Guardian, London, UK, Thirsday, June 18

Arina Exhibits in London (Maldon Artist Perfoms Emotions in Paint),by Adam Cornell, The Maldon Standart, Maldon, UK, 2009, Wednesday, April 15, p.9

Stand-out Students, The Artist's Magazine, USA, special 25-th Anniversary Issue, January/February 2009, p.54

The Society of Women Artists 2008, Mall Galleries, London, UK (catalogue)

First Biennal RBSA Open Portrait Award, 2008, Birmingham, UK (catalogue)

Cork Street Open Art Exhibition 2008, Cork Street Gallery, London, UK (catalogue)

Affordable Art Fair 2008, London, UK (catalogue)

MA Chelsea Final Degree Show 2008, London, UK (catalogue)

National Open Art Competition, 2008, Chichester, UK(catalogue)

Saatchi Competition to uncover Art Idol by Ben Hoyle, The Times, London, UK, 2007, Friday, March 2, p. 27

Xhibit 07 (catalogue) University of Arts London, 2007, London, UK

Book Cover - Therapy, Philip L. Moore, 2006, Upfront Publishing LTD, England 


ARINA Faces 

Contextual essay by Peter Monkman MA, Director of Art Charterhouse and First Prize Winner of the BP Portrait Awards 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery, London 

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. As an artist that uses portraiture, I am drawn to examine what it is that makes certain figurative artists compelling.  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. The repetition and slight variation of the compositions suggest film or photographic sequences and the flat red head scarf creates a colour-field that generates an interesting shifting pictorial space for the face to occupy. 

ARINA uses herself as a vessel for her ideas; however, I would argue the paintings are not self-portraits. 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.


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