Irina Razumovskaya was born in 1990 in Leningrad, USSR. Being entranced by art at the age of five, when she entered the Kustodiev Art School, her journey towards her art practice has not stopped ever since. Throughout her school and university years, Irina participated in Art History lecture program in the Hermitage Museum, which served to strengthen her fascination with the fine art, archaeology and ceramics. Irina graduated from the St Petersburg Classical Gymnasium, where she studied ancient languages and literature, and refined her interest in culture of the present and that of the distant past.
In 2008, Irina entered the State Academy of Art and Design’s Fine Art and Ceramic and Glass Department, graduating magna cum laude both her BA and MFA degrees. During this course, she was exposed to academic drawing and painting; practised contemporary art and deepened her knowledge of ceramic art. Following this, in 2015, Irina was admitted to the prestigious Royal College of Art in London for her MA in Ceramics and Glass, she graduated in 2017 with overall Excellent grade. Her main form of artistic expression is ceramics and painting. Her art works have been a part of various international competitions, curated exhibitions, residencies and symposiums and have been exhibited across the world. Most recently, her work was exhibited in the prestigious Gallery Officine Saffi in Milan and Puls gallery in Brussels. Her work is represented in the EU by Officine Saffi since 2016. Irina has won several accolades for her art work. Most notably, she was the winner at the 8th NASPA, Ceramic Talent Award in Westerwald Museum in Germany and also won at the Biennal de ceramics d’Esplugues Angelina Alos in Spain . In addition, Irina received D'A Special Award, Silver Medal of 59th Faenza Prize Ceramic Competition in Italy, and won the International Triennial of Silicate Art in Kecskemet in Hungary. Irina has held residencies in Germany, Spain, USA, Hungary and Taiwan et.c., and her work is in collections of The Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan; Icheon World Ceramic Center GICB in Korea; Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Arts in Kecskemet, Hungary; Yerevan Contemporary art museum, Armenia and private collections worldwide.
Irina about painting and ceramics: "Clayis everlasting, poetic and eloquent material for me. Departing from it's history and my classical education, I let myself work intuitively, using tacit knowledge and aesthetic preferences. Clay's behaviors are very diverse, which is why I evade tacking on any narrative in my work, using historical symbols, that viewer subconsciously relates to, and allowing the nature of the material itself to create the image and mood. Paintingfor me is capturing ephemeral things, I try to represent the moment or the mood of objects, landscapes and people, using the beauty of the material (tempera paint) itself, and fortuitous effects that i induce. To me this mixture of evanescent mood , freshness of strokes and capturing of the moment and pleasure of painting and it' sincerity creates by surprise something poetical and profound."