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Irena Kononova

Artist’s Statement

When I paint, I embark on a search for the archetypal symbols in nature, with both utopian and dystopian vision in mind. My paintings are imbued with a peaceful and contemplative mood, but also allude to the possible loss of the natural world as we know it.

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Building: 117 - Studio: 3217
Phone: 650-593-1651
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Irena Kononova is a Russian born artist who currently resides in the Bay Area. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she was a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Scholarship and various prizes. The academy featured her painting on the poster, promoting the school. During her years in Philadelphia, Irena had won a prestigious juried show at the Fleisher Art Memorial and was interviewed many times for local newspapers. She was featured in a dialog on Art in Exile on Fresh Air program on the National Public Radio. Among Ms. Kononova's commissions is a cycle of monumental  murals for the headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline , Inc. She held  solo exhibitions at Maturango Museum, Peninsula Museum of Art, Noma Gallery and Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, Dalet Gallery in Philadelphia and TimeIn Art Gallery in New York City.



AQUA Art Miami, Presented by Sandra Lee Gallery, Miami, FL
"Calm and Tempest", Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Primeval Geographies", Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Irena Kononova, Recent Paintings, 50 Fremont Street, SF, CA
"Terrains", TimeIn HiArt Gallery, New York, NY
"Leaving Eden", Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
"Terra Illuminata", Noma Gallery, SF, CA
“Serene Landscapes”, Evolving Art/Sandra Lee Gallery, SF, CA
“The Vanishing Point”, Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, CA
“At the Threshold”, UC Berkeley, CA
“Beyond the Walls”, Rogue Community College, OR
 "New Paintings", College of the Sequoias Art Gallery, Visalia, Ca




Marin Society of Artists
Los Gatos Art Association
Santa Cruz Art League
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Main Line Center of the Arts
Cresson Traveling Scholarship
Benjamin West Prize
Simone C. Titone Prize

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