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's work conveys prosaic attitudes of a general viewer to art through the palpable properties of familiar objects.  In most of her projects, the artist puts into question the notion of authorship, seeking alternatives to the Romantic style of self-expression. Playfully avoiding the role of the creator, she looks for the "natural" way of seeing art before instruction and abstraction.