Arina Gordienko


Arina Gordienko, contemporary realist artist, lives in the UK and exhibits her figurative realistic works all over the world. She exhibited 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, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in USA, 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 Distinction Certificate in Fine Arts from 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 at WMOCA in Wausau (USA), Art Gemini Prize in London (UK), Mortimore Art Prize in Australia, 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 many art books, catalogues and magazines, incl. ‘Strokes of Genius’ Edition 4 & 6, ‘Leonardo Art Guide – 2020’, ‘Art and Freedom’ Artelibre Yearbook XIV, ‘International Realism’ ARC Salon editions 14th, 13th & 12th, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, PoetsArtists various publications, etc. Arina is an Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center in USA, a selected member of Society of Women Artists in the UK and International Member of Portrait Society of America.

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. She evokes viewers’ emotional response by inviting her audience to experience the hidden emotions and deep inner feelings revealed in her personages.

Artist Statement

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 think what I am bringing to the world within my creativity. I believe that artists are responsible for every brush stroke we produce. The more beautiful and positive art works created today, the better will be the world we are living tomorrow. Art is the most powerful tool to keep this world in balance and harmony.




Exhibitions (brief selection)

2020  ‘Loengrin’ Contest Exhibition, MEAM – Museum of European Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain

2020  ModPortrait, MEAM – Museum of European Art Modern, Barcelona

2020  ModPortrait, Bantierra Palace, Artelibre Gallery, Zaragoza, Spain

2020  ’20 Years in 20 x 20’, Artelibre Gallery & MEAM,  Einaudi Palace - Chivasso (Turin), Italy

2020  ‘The Creator and The Muse’, ZBAC, Chicago, USA

2020  ‘Story Tellers’, The Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2020  ‘ARK of ART’, Exclusive online exhibition curated by Helmut Danningher, Germany

2019 - Artelibre Gallery, 'Something More Than Realism', Zaragoza, Spain
2019 - Mall Galleries, 'SWA Annual', Opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, London, UK.  
Also - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. 
2019 - Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, 'International Biennial Portrait Competition', WI, USA
2019 - Rehs Contemporary Galleries, 'I Observe ', New York, USA
2019 - MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art,' Painting Today ', curator Didi Menendez, Barcelona, ​​Spain
2018 - Figurative Realism, curated by Dirk Dzimirsky and Didi Menendez, exclusive online exhibition
2017 -' Art For a Little Brave Heart 'Fund-raising for Charity' Gift of Life, Rossotrudnichsetvo, London, UK
2017 - MAG Montreux Art Gallery, 'FIRST MAG Visionary Art', Switzerland, with HR Giger, Ernst Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Martina Hoffmann, Brigid Marlin, Roku Sasaki
2016 - Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna, 'Biennale PESCARART', Pescara , Italy
2015 - Phantastishe Venus Biennale, Viechtag, Germany
2015 - Museum Complex of Dioscuri, 'ITINERA Contemporary Art', Gall'Art Roma, Rome, Italy.
2014 - Rebecca Cossack Gallery, 'Gemini Art Prize', London, UK
2013-2014 - Mortimore Art Prize 'The very best in Realism' Touring: Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra etc., Australia
2013 - Solo-Exhibition 'ARINA - The Theater Of One Artist ', 20th Century Theater, Notting Hill, London, UK
2013 - Master of Art International Exhibition, Art Pavilion Gallery, London, UK
2013 - Gallery of Art Critics (Adria Palace), Exhibition of Awarded Artists of World Gallery of Drawing, Prague
2013 - Museum Sant'Oreste, 'International Exhibition of Contemporary Art', Gall'Art Roma, Rome, Italy
2012 - Museum of Fantastic Art, 'Uncommon Vision', Vienna, Austria
2012 - Mall Galleries, 'Show me the Monet' of BBC2 series, London, UK
2012 - Museum of Drawing, 'OSTEN Award Biennale', Skopje, Macedonia
2010 - SAATCHI Gallery, 'Art of Giving ', with Sir Piter Blake, Banksy, Gavin Turk, Alexa Meade, London, UK
2010 - Venice Arsenale,' Arte Laguna Art Prize ', Venice, Italy
2010 - Marziart Gallery,' Best of 2010 'International', Hamburg, Germany
2009 - Pen and Brush Gallery, 'Fall Brush Exhibition, New York, USA
2009 - Praxis Art International Gallery, 'MFA Now' Award Winner's Exhibition, Miami, USA
2008 - The First Biennale RBSA Open Portrait Award, Birmingham, UK

Awards & Achievements (selected)

2020  Finalist, ModPortrait, Artelibre Gallery, MEAM – Museo Europeo d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain

2019  Winner, Third Prize in People/Figures Challenge competition of the International Artist Magazine, USA

2019 - Derwent Special Fine Art Award, awarded by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, SWA Annual, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2019 - Finalist, 14th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2018 - Finalist, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Non-Commissioned Portrait
2018 - Finalist, 13th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2017 - Finalist, 12th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, USA
2016 - Awarded the ARC Associate Living Master Status and Included to the Art Renewal Centre Museum, USA 
2016 - Winner of Major 2nd Place Award, Berliner Art Prize, Germany
2016 - Honorary Diploma for ‘bright and remarkable contribution in the conservation and development of the artistic values in Modern Art’, Berliner Art Prize, Germany
2016 - Finalist, Portrait Society of America Only Members Competition, USA
2016 - Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 33 Annual Art Competition, Portraits/Figures category, USA
2015 - Winner, 'Strokes of Genius-7: Depth, Dimension and Space' Drawing Competition, USA 
2014 - Winner, 3d Place Award, 'Outside the Box', Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, USA 
2013 - Winner, Gold Award - Master of Art International, Margarita Feaks Gallery, London, UK 
2013 - Finalist, Mortimore Art Prize, Surrealism Category, Australia 
2012 - Winner, Special Award, OSTEN World Gallery and Museum of Drawing Biennale, Skopje, Macedonia 
2012 - Winner, 2nd Merit Award, 'Outside the Box', Portrait Society of America Members Competition, USA 
2012 - Winner, 4th Merit Award, 'Self-Portrait' category, Portrait Society of America Members Competition
2011 - Winner. Strokes of Genius-4: Best of Drawing, 'Exploring Line', Drawing Competition, USA
2010 - Finalist (Top 10 out of 1650 entries), Art of Giving Competition, SAATCHI Gallery, London, UK
2010 - Finalist, The Best Foreign Artist Mention, Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy
2010 - Winner, Trophy Award, LICC-2010 (top 15 out of over 5000 submissions from 95 countries), London, UK
2009 - Shortlisted (top 100 out of 1900 entries), BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK 'Silence, Opus 3' made through to the second round of selection
2009 - Winner, MFA Now Award, International Painting Competition, Miami - New York, USA
2009 - Winner, 1st Place Award, Full Brush Competition, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, USA
2009 - Winner, 2 nd Prize Award, Portrait/Figure category, The Artist's Magazine, USA
2008 - Winner, Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award, SWA Annual exhibition, Mall Galleries. London, UK
2008 - Winner, 1st Prize (out of 14.000 entries) Portrait/Figure Students category, The Artist's Magazine, USA
2008 - Winner, Public Choice Prize, NOAC National Open Art Competition, London, UK
2008 - Winner, Visitor's Choice Award, Cork Street International Art Competition, London, UK
2008 - Finalist, The RBSA Portrait Award, Biennale, Birmingham, UK
2008 - Shortlisted (Top 100 out of 1650 entries), BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery , UK. 'Angel, Portrait of Angelica' has been through the second round of selection