Irina Blinova was born in Lithuania to a Russian family in 1982. She felt a vocation to art at a very young age and her first step towards it was enrolling in the School of Fine Arts in Klaipeda, Lithuania. She later continued improving her skills thanks to private lessons with artists. Inspired by the masterpieces of impressionism and post-impressionism artists like Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh, Irina started developing her own style in painting. The lines, shapes, contrasts and play of colors found in their works fascinated Irina and left a significant imprint on artist’s future works.
In her creative life she went through different stages where she was either living moments of strong inspiration and working a lot or everything was put on pause and complete suspension of all art related activities. But the urge to paint was strong and lured her back into the world of art and creation.
Irina now lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She is mostly focused on both portrait and figurative painting, but you can also find picturesque landscapes reflecting the beauty of nature. Intense colors and strong contrast create a mighty combination that she interweaves and soaks with powerful emotional experiences. In her works the artist invokes and unites extraordinary elements and different styles from different eras and contrasts them with the modern world.
She is currently participating in various projects taking place in the Baltic countries, Russia and Spain. Irina is also a keen participant in local projects in Norway.