An independent polystylistic artist whose work combines a realistic approach with non-figurative aesthetics. Experimenting with various techniques, she explores the possibilities of transforming direct sensory experience into a universal symbolic message.
Marianna devoted herself to painting after the end of her musical career, and this unusual personal trajectory influenced her plastic language: the paintings of Marianna Chayka are distinguished by special musicality of color.
Making her way in painting, Marianna consciously explored different approaches in order to avoid the tendentiousness of one school. More than ten years ago Marianna Chayka’s art began to develop its own unique style. The experience of plein-air painting, combined with experimental painting techniques, embodied in an approach that the curators define as "sensual realism". Many of the landscapes painted by Marianna Chayka contain features of abstract aesthetics, and light becomes the driving force of the plot.
The artist’s main vector is the study of the beauty phenomenon. Symbolic still life, plein-air series, a large canvas in experimental technique — regardless of genre and subject, Marianna Chayka sees her task in capturing the elusive beauty and embodying it on canvas. Several dimensions are manifested at once in Marianna Chayka’s paintings — the visible, the sensory, the soniferous, and the one that is available only to supersensory perception.
Irina Kovalevskaya grew up and received a profound education in Moscow, having inherited family values - comprehensive education, analytical approach, and visual thinking. From an early age, Irina followed her vocation and the inner decision to become an artist. While living in Bulgaria for some time, Irina was engaged in academic drawing, portrait and still life painting with teachers of the Bulgarian Academy of Arts.
During her study at the university, Irina continued to paint, creating posters and theatrical decorations. Having made a career in the field of science and got a PhD degree, Irina devoted a lot of time to her education in painting. She honed her skills and worked on her artistic language, attending classes of teachers at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov. Today she is a member of the All-Russian Union of Artists. Irina's artworks are characterized by an exceptional sense of rhythm, dynamic composition, and impulsive and emotionally ‘loaded’ colour. Thematically, the artist's work covers several genres, including landscape and still life. The main focus in her recent works is the experiment with the rhythm and texture of abstract canvases. Irina’s figurative painting is multi-layered, based on the imagery of her artistic language. Her painting arises the associations with phenomena derived from literature, cinema, art history and other fields related to culture.
The proximity to the realistic school is seen in the precise technique and thorough choice of colour, at the same time the artist is working on her metaphorical language, moving towards neo-Impressionism. The female optics in Irina's statement is relevant to her latest works which are extremely bold and bright.