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Soviet artist Inna Shirokova

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova (b. 1937) Khokhloma. 1969. Oil on canvas

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova (b. 1937) Khokhloma. 1969. Oil on canvas

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova – member of the USSR Union of Artists (1968), Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1987). Her canvas – positive, bright holiday, whether it’s a portrait or still life – there is always a place for items of crafts – Gzhel, Khokhloma, Dymkovo toy. Kirov based artist explains – “I was brought up on Dymkovo toy, and other folk crafts. Besides, I was in Gorky, and there flourished Khokhloma, Gorodets painting, and Polkhov-Maidan painting. Always Gzhel and ceramics drew my attention. Still life with these items in my view, go beyond just painting, and add to the whole canvas elegance and festivity, and it is close to me in spirit… All my life I was very fond of my work, often waking up at night, thinking about how to make my paintings more expressive. And now I can hardly spend a day without my studio… I always knew that the artist must work carefully, a lot, passionately, and the audience will appreciate it”.

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova (Kirov). Portrait of Zoya Vasilievna and Rimma Penkina. 1980. Oil on canvas

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova (Kirov). Portrait of Zoya Vasilievna and Rimma Penkina. 1980. Oil on canvas

Inna Alekseevna Shirokova was born June 1, 1937 in the city of Kirov in a family of artists Faina Anatolevna Shpak (1906 – 1984) and Alexei Petrovich Shirokov (1908 – 1943). In 1955 she graduated from the Kirov high school, then studied at the Gorky Art School at the pedagogical department (1956 – 1961). Her teachers – Honored Artist of the RSFSR M. Kholuev, A. Saikina, G. Mironova. Her thesis painting “Before Exams” received an “excellent” mark. In 1961 she returned to Kirov, started working at the Kirov artistic – production workshops (1974). Since 1961, has been participating in art exhibitions of different levels – from local to international. Her first exhibition was called “Kirov artists to the XXII Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union”, where Shirokova exhibited her diploma painting “Before Exams”. Later (since 1964), in addition to numerous regional, there were group, personal, regional, national, all-Russian, all-Union, foreign exhibitions.

Don Juan. Actor Vadim Kozachenko. 1986

Don Juan. Actor Vadim Kozachenko. 1986

Dymka toys. 1983. Oil, canvas

Dymka toys. 1983. Oil, canvas

Family portrait, 1983

Family portrait, 1983

Glass factory. 1973

Glass factory. 1973

Group portrait. 1983-1984

Group portrait. 1983-1984

Portrait of actress Pyatnitskaya, 1986

Portrait of actress Pyatnitskaya, 1986

Sculpture workshop. 1969

Sculpture workshop. 1969

Semyonovo fairy tale. 1981

Semyonovo fairy tale. 1981

Spring. 1975

Spring. 1975

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova

Self-portrait with children. 1972

Self-portrait with children. 1972

Self-portrait. 1974

Self-portrait. 1974

Self-portrait. 1981

Self-portrait. 1981

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova

Soviet artist Inna Shirokova

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