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 school poster 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 Time In Art Gallery in New York City.
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.
View a video of artworks by Irena Kononova on Instagram, created by the art blog artcompanion.blog based in Dusseldorf, Germany.