Irina Starzhenetskaya was born in 1943 in Uzbekistan where her family was evacuated during World War II. In 1957-1962, she studied in the Moscow Middle School of Fine Arts. In 1968, she graduated from the Surikov Fine Arts Institute in Moscow where she had studied under A.Gritsai, D.Zhilinsky and S.Shilnikov. In 1969, she joined the Artists Union of the USSR. In 1965-1985, besides painting she was involved in theater set design. In 1989, she began to work in the field of church art. In 2000, she was awarded the Russian Federation State Prize. In 2001, she became a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. In 2003, she was decorated with a St. Sergius of Radonezh Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 2004, she received the Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. She has participated in public exhibitions since 1966.
Selected solo exhibitions include those in The Serpukhov Museum of History and Arts in 1988; The Central House of Artists in Moscow in 1989; The Tarussa Picture Gallery in 1991 and 2001; West Art Gallery in Oslo, Norway, in 1993; The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 1993 and 2004; the exhibition hall of Our Heritage Journal in Moscow in 1994; The Kaliningrad Fine Arts Gallery in 1994; the Manezh Gallery in Moscow in 1996, 1998 and 2002; the Phoenix Culture Center in Moscow in 1996; the Russian Gallery in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1998; The Central House of Artists in Moscow in 1999; the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow in 1999 and 2001; Art 21 Gallery in Moscow in 2002; Lilja Zakirova Gallery in The Netherlands in 2002; M’ARS Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow in 2003 and 2006; the School of Dramatic Arts Theater in Moscow in 2004; The Obninsk History Museum in 2005; the New Gallery in Tambov in 2007; Vincent Gallery in Moscow in 2007; Novy Manezh in Moscow in 2008; The Russian Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow in 2008.
Starzhenetskaya’s works are found in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the State Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, the State Museum of the Moscow History, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Peter Ludwig Museum in Cologne (Germany), the New Gallery in Achen (Germany), the Slovak National Gallery (Slovakia), as well as in Russian fine arts museums in Vologda, Ivanovo, Omsk, Tomsk, Yaroslavl and in private collections in Great Britain, USA, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Russian and other countries.
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