Born in Moscow. She lives and works in London and Moscow.
Constantly reassembling and alluding to pre renaissance and icon painting, folklore and Asian tradition, Smirnoff’s paintings offer ambiguous narratives through layers of pigment ground from semi-precious stones.
She is fascinated by the idea of the “Icon” and its close relation to “popular art” with a wide repertoire of signs: the flat moulding of figures, conventional space and the abstract effects of colours.
Traditional medium of Egg Tempera helps maintain a symbolic appearance, use of historical languages, memory and imagination.
Selected exhibitions: 2018 Painting Now 2, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; Tales of Bright and Brittle, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan 2017 The greater and lesser ways, Jessica Carlisle Gallery, London 2016 Anthropocene, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; 10. Group show 2006-2016, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan 2015 Painting Now, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan 2014 Forward, Eton College, Windsor, UK; A Midsummer Night’s: Dreams… and Music, St Peter’s Church, London; Would Be Worlds, Erarta Gallery, London; Walls, Pushkin House, London 2013 Beyond The Shore, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; Everywhere byt now, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Renewal of the Sacred, House of the Nobleman, London; The Future Can’t Wait, B1, Victoria House, London 2012 Dreaming Beauties, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; The Madding Spring, Gallery Vela, London 2011 Opulent Vision, Ford Project Gallery, New York 2010 BRIC Theme Auction, Saatchi Gallery, London; John Moores Painting Prize 2010, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums, Liverpool; Zhar, Galerie Stanislas Bourgain, Paris 2009 Women to Watch: The Figure Re-Figured, Friends of National Museum of Women in the Arts, London 2008 Invasion: Evasion, Baibakov art projects, Moscow; Morozka, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan 2006 TGU, Zoo Art Fair, London; Lenin Lovers, Curator Space Gallery, London 2005 Baroquerocks, Espace Brochage Express Gallery, Paris.