Tsvetlana Smirnova


Tsvetlana Smirnova

Tsvetlana Smirnova was born August 27, 1969 in Moscow. From 1977 to 1987 she studied in secondary school, always holding a strong interest in drawing. Around the age of 18, Tsvetlana realized here true desire to become a serious painter. In 1987 she began classes in the Dom Kultury, Moscow Aircraft Constructing Institute where she learned the basics of art. In 1993 she began working in the Anatomy class at the Surikov Institute, studying hard to pass the exams necessary to enter into the Surikov Institute as a student. In 1995 she was accepted as a student into the Institute. She studied drawing and painting the first two years under A.I. Fomkin. The remainder of her time at the Surikov was spent studying in the studio of V.N. Zabelin. While in the studio of Zabelin, she had the fortune to learn from other famous artists who came in periodically to teach. These artists included S.V. Gerasimov and V.G. Tsyplakov. Because of a strong interest in history, she dedicated her diploma work to the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. She graduated from the Institute in 2001. While she was a student at the Surikov Institute she developed an affinity for painting in the Russian North, making frequent trips there to paint the scenery and history of this region. The majority of her work today is dedicated to this same theme. Tsvetlana Smirnova lives and paints today in Moscow Russia.

Exhibitions partial list

Exhibitions:(partial list)

1993 & 1994, Gorohovetz student exhibitions

1997, Group Exhibition at the Scribin A.N. Museum in Moscow

1998, Easter Exhibition

1998, Portrait and Still Life with Flowers Exhibition

1998 & 1999, Autumn Exhibition and Young Painters Exhibition- Moscow Artists' Union

2001, The 25 Exhibition of Young Painters

2001, The Young Painters of Russia exhibition in CDH

Artist Thoughts:

"I like various art styles. I like to work with still-life and landscape paintings, but am also interested in historical genre. The following artists have influenced my artistic development: Velasquez, Van Dyke, Tieppollo, Sargent, Whistler, Repin, Polenov, and Surikov"