Irena Kononova


Irena Kononova is a Russian born artist in the Bay Area. She grew up in St.
Petersburg in the theatric family and attended Art High School. While still
very young, Irena participated in the non-conformist art group Aleph. After
emigrating to the US, Ms. Kononova studied at the Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Cresson Traveling
Scholarship and various prizes. Irena.s #39 painting was chosen to represent
PAFA on the poster, promoting the school. She traveled extensively through
Europe on a scholarship, provided by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine
Arts. Irena was featured in a dialog on Art in Exile on a Fresh Air program
on the National Public Radio. Among Ms. Kononova's #39 commissions is a
cycle of four monumental paintings for the headquarters of
GlaxoSmithKline , Inc. The cycle, dedicated to the preservation of nature,
consisted of two figurative paintings and two 38 feet long landscapes. Irena's
paintings were presented in many International Art Fairs, notably in San
Francisco, New York City, Miami, Austin and Aspen. 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. Irena's studio is located at Hunters
Point Shipyard in San Francisco.