The daughter of a Bulgarian mother and French father, Irene Sheri was born in the Ukraine in 1968. Her art career began when Irene’s older brother, Vasily, was given a set of paints for his 9th birthday
Told not to touch the paints, they became an obsession. Irene stole them, mixed them, and painted on paper, walls, her dress, and the bodies of her friends. She was then 4 years old.
At age 9, and thousands of paintings behind her, Ms. Sheri began to study art at the Belgorod Art School for gifted children. At age 15, she was graduated as the valedictorian of both her junior high school and art school
From there she entered Grecov College of Art in the Ukraine City of Odessa, and in her first year won a citywide juried exhibition and was honored as “Young Artist of the Year.”
After two years she won 14 juried exhibitions, and received a special “Excellence in Art” award from the Mayor
At age 17, Ms. Sheri entered the Serov School of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. All paintings and sketches she created during her three years of study are now used by the faculty as samples of brilliant academic achievement
In 1990, Irene moved on to the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, one of the most prestigious art schools in the world. In 2000, her graduation artwork, “Early Snow,” was accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Academy Art. The oil painting also received the “Russian State Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art or Entertainment,” the highest honor an artist can receive in Russia
Her works are in many important collections, and presented by galleries in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Russia and the U.S., and exclusively in Oregon at Alessandro’s.
Oil on Canvas