"Transition" - Oil on Canvas - 183 cm x 110 cm - 2021
Arina Gordienko lives in the UK and exhibits her figurative realistic works all over the world. She participated in exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery in London, MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna in Pescara, OSTEN Museum of Drawing in Macedonia and others in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and India.
Her art education includes MFA in Painting at Chelsea College of Arts and BFA at Central Saint Martins College of Art (both University of the Arts London), also she received Distinction Certificate in Fine Arts at Art College in Russia.
Arina is a multi-award winner and finalist of numerous national and international contests in the UK, USA and Europe, such as Saatchi Art of Giving National Competition in London (UK), ModPortrait in Zaragoza and Barcelona (Spain), Arte Laguna Art Prize in Venice (Italy), IBPC an WMOCA in Wausau (USA), Art Gemini Prize in London (UK), Mortimore Art Prize in Australia, LICC – London International Creative Competition (UK), NOACC Public Choice Award in London (UK), Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, ARC Salon, International Artist Magazine, Derwent Fine Art Award, The Artist’s Magazine, etc.
Her paintings published in various art books, catalogues and magazines, incl. ‘Strokes of Genius’ Edition 4 & 6, ‘Leonardo Art Guide’ 2019, ‘Art and Freedom’ Artelibre Yearbook XIV, ‘International Realism’ ARC Salon editions 14th, 13th & 12th, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, PoetsArtists various publications, etc.
She has a status of Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center in USA, also she is a selected member of Society of Women Artists in the UK and International Member of Portrait Society of America.
Arina dedicates herself to realistic traditions in painting, combining traditional classical techniques with imaginative compositions and contemporary palette. In her work she uses the old Masters classic 'sfumato' technique with her own contemporary essence. Her style can be described as imaginative realism where personages placed into artist’s imaginary world and circumstances. Her works involve emotionally and intellectually, they may emerge minimalistic and reserved, dramatic or ironic yet they consistently enrolled with strong emotional impact, an intellectual riddle and philosophical content appealing to curious, sophisticated and peculiar minds.
Most often she portrays her characters with a direct gaze that triggers a special eye contact, which is a form of nonverbal communication implying close relationship with a viewer. She evokes viewers’ emotional response by inviting her audience to experience the hidden emotions and deep inner feelings revealed in her personages.
I never expect that inspiration will come to me on a daily basis. I just go to my studio and get myself ready for working hard, and then, in hours, inspiration can come along if I’m lucky. But it is not guaranteed. Only hours of hard work and practice help to create something spectacular. I believe that artists are responsible for every single brush stroke produced and I always think what I am bringing to the world within my creativity. Art is the most powerful tool to keep this world in balance and harmony.