Whether it’s a thoughtful and impressionistic landscape, an abstract portrait of a sensual woman, or a brightly colored garden scene, Russian painter Irina Velkova is a master of capturing the emotion of a given, fleeting moment. 

Born in the Soviet Union, Velkova was considered a child prodigy and by the age of 11 she had her first solo exhibition. She attended the famed St. Petersburg Fine Art Academy, and her graduate work was included in the permanent exhibition of the Academy Art Museum. Although still in the early stages of her career as an artist, Velkova has already received numerous awards for her work, including the State Presidential Award for outstanding achievement in fine art.  


In 2010 she was selected as one of 100 Russian women to receive the Order of St. Ekaterina, given for outstanding achievement in the fields of art and science, as well as the high honor of the Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Russian Culture.

Velkova has pioneered her own personal interpretation in each varying genre. Her myriad styles and techniques are evidence of her artistic virtuosity, and the accolades she has already received are a preview of the inevitable success to come. 


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