Irina Alexandrina is one of the most famous Saint-Petersburg artists represented in the collection of Pushkin Art Gallery. Her works have been chosen as a decoration for the halls in many governmental buildings and institutes in Saint-Petersburg and corridors of the White House in the USA.
Irina Alexandrina paints the city at the turn of 20th century. It’s her favorite historical period. It was the period of glory and prosperity of the Northern Capital of Russia (at that time St. Petersburg was the capital of a powerful empire). The city built on the Neva River was as important as Paris and London were. Transient busy life is captured on Alexandrina’s canvases.
Magnificent architectural ensembles are inseparable from people merrily walking around the city or hurrying somewhere on business. The liveliness of the scenes is shown with quick colorful brushstrokes, generalized shapes and play of light and shades.
Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Gustave Caillebotte and many other impressionist artists served as an inspiration for Irina Alexandrina’s becoming an artist and had a huge impact on her manner of painting. She studied thoroughly French tradition of landscape painting and brought some elements of French gloss into depicting Saint-Petersburg life.
Irina Alexandrina had more than ten personal exhibitions in Moscow, Berlin, Prague, Barcelona and Florence. Her works can be found all over the world.