IRINA VALKOVA / CV 

Paulus Str. 21 33603 Bielefeld Germany                                                           

iravalkova@yahoo.co.uk                                                                                           

www.irinavalkova.com 

Irina Valkova, born in Kemerovo (Russia) in 1982, lives and works in Bielefeld (Germany). She studied at Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles, CA), Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Saint-Petersburg), majoring in Fine Art Media and System Theory, and received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fine Arts from Weissensee School of Art (Berlin, Germany) in 2012-2013. Irina Valkova presented her work at the solo exhibitions in Hamburg, Bielefeld and Helsinki (Finland), as well as at the numerous group exhibitions in Germany, Russia, Finland, Austria, and Japan.  Her work has been supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of Northern Rhine-Westphalia, Mart Stam Foundation (Berlin, Germany) and Alfred Toepfer Foundation (Hamburg, Germany). Since 2020, Irina Valkova is a member of the Steering Committee (Vorstand) of the East Westphalen-Lippe Chapter of the Federal Union of Visual Artists (BBK-OWL).

Education

2012-2013 Master Project (Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany)
2007-2012 Diploma in Fine Arts (Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany)
2005-2006 studies of Fine Arts and Systems Theory at Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia)

2003-2004 studies of Fine Art Media at Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles, CA) 

Solo and two-person exhibitions

 

2020 Typology of vague distances (BBK OWL, Bielefeld, Germany), postponed                                                                                            

2018 Landscape for angels and lucifers (Chamber of Commerce of East Westphalia, Germany)[Review: Stefan Brams. Vom Reiz der Landschaft. – Neue Westfälische, Nr.135/24, S. 7).]     

2016 Sea-Change (Arcadia bookstore and gallery, Helsinki, Finland)
2015 Commissioning Commissions (Alfred Töpfer Foundation, Galerie im Georgshof, Hamburg, Germany) 

Group exhibitions (selection)

2020 Die Neuen (BBK OWL, Bielefeld, Germany)

2019 Contemporary Art Ruhr (Essen, Germany)

2019 Gestein: Soil, Sediment, Stone (Kunstverein Kärnten / Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt)

2015 Hotel Exhibition (Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany)

2015 Cool Runnings, Kühlhaus Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

2014 Bahnhöfe [Railway Stations] (Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany)

2013 Hello, Goodbye: Fragen und Antworten zur Gegenwärtigkeit des Bauhaus-Mythos (Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, Germany )

2012 Ausgerechnet Freitag der 13 (Oranienplatz 17, Berlin, Germany)

2012 Contes. Marchen. Eventyr. ска́зoк. Fairytales. Pohádek. Baśni (Hamburg, Alfred Töpfer Foundation, Galerie im   Georgshof, Hamburg, Germany) 

2012 Momentaufnahme [Snapshot] (Theaterhalle Dock 11, Berlin, Germany)

2011 Hermann und Madeleine: Nahrungsmittel im Fokus künstlerischer Betrachtung [Hermann and Madeleine: Foodstuffs Through the Prism of Art] (Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany)

2011 unspontaneous | Drawings (Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany)

2010 BIG IN JAPAN (ARCUS Studio, Moria, Japan / Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany) 

2009 Slow Revolution (Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany) 

2009 Raumforschung Flugplatz Werneuchen [In the Fog the Yellow Becomes Red and the Red Turns Yellow] (Werneuchen Airport, Werneuchen, Germany) 

2008 Akklimatisatsiia [Acclimatization] (C. A. G. Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia) 

2007 Notes from the Overpass: St. Petersburg/Los-Angeles (Galeriet 18, Helsinki, Finland) 

 

Awards

2021 Project Award (Landesprogramm Kultur und Schule NRW)

2021 Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture NRW

2020 Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture NRW

2020 Project Award (Landesprogramm Kultur und Schule NRW)

2013 Project Award (MART STAM Foundation, Berlin, Germany)

2013 Nomination for the ars-viva Award (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

2011-2012 Alfred-Toepfer-Fellowship (Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, Deutschland)

2009 Project Award (Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, Germany) 

2004-2005 Art Center College of Design Fellowship (Los Angeles, USA)

 

Publications and book design

 

1. Mensch im Querschnitt: Gedichte und Bilder [A Bisected Man: Poems and Pictures] (together with Sergey Biriukov). (Almanach BERLIN - OFFENE STADT: Künstlerbücher). Heft 23. Berlin 2010. 36 p.

2. [Homelessness in Los Angeles: Pictures and Tales]. - Put’ Domoj [The Way Home], 24 (2006), p. 13-14 (in Russian).

Interviews

 

2019: 90 Jahre Bielefelder Kunstverein (Film, Bielefelder Kunstverein)