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"As an artist, it is tempting to slip into the comfortable (and self-righteous) position of providing a verdict. My solution to this is to be compromised, to allow myself the space within the work to enjoy what I criticize. Just because something is bad doesn't mean that it isn't good."
Irina Rabinkov was raised in the former Soviet Union, studying design and art history in her native Uzbekistan before graduating from the Academy of Arts in Moscow in 1980. Specializing in graphic design and illustration, she spent over ten years creating book graphics in Moscow before studying at the Graphic Institute in Israel, completing her education in 2000. Primarily known for her watercolors, her works have been exhibited from Russia to the United States and throughout Europe. Whether painting a rugged Israeli landscape or a delicate flower, her goal is always to capture and reflect upon what is most ephemeral and fleeting about the subject. Since 2008, she and her husband, sculptor Semion Rabinkov, have lived in Springtown, Bucks County.
Irina Rabinkov. Image courtesy of the artist.
Education & Training
Art College, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1980
Academy of Arts, Moscow, USSR, 1984
Graphic Institute, Israel, 2000
Wassily Kandinsky, Amadeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall
Colleagues & Affiliations
Steve Tobin, Patricia Goodrich, Daisuke Shintani
Member of the Artists' Society of Uzbekistan, 1992-present
Member of the Artists' Society of Israel, 1998-present
Connection to Bucks County
Rabinkov and her husband, sculptor Semion, have lived in Springtown since 2008.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Gratz College, Melrose Park, Philadelphia, PA, 2004
Shtern, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2000
Safrai, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999
C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ, 1998
Vernisage Coktial, Strasbourg, France, 1997
Solo Exhibition, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1990
Selected Group Exhibitions
Phillips' Mill 80th Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, PA, 2009
Michael Lombardo Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
Jewish Community, Cleveland, OH, 1999, 2003
Cultural Center Exhibition, Natania, Israel, 2001, 2002
The Gallery on the Cliff, Natania, Israel, 2000
Artists of Art Village of Sanur, Kiriat Motzkin, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv, Israel, 1997, 1999
Spring Exhibition, Sanur Art Village, Israel, 1996
Exhibition of Graphics, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1992
Young Artists Exhibition, Moscow, USSR, 1988
Landscape Exhibition, Moscow, USSR, 1987
Republican State Exhibition, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1984-1986
Biennial, Gabrovo, Bulgaria, Ancona, Italy, and Montreal, Canada, 1985, 1986
Autumn Exhibition, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1983
Second Place, Biennial, Montreal Canada
Second Place, Biennial, Ancona, Italy