I am Iryna Maksymova and I’m 30. I was born in the small Ukrainian town Kolomyia. When I was 19, I moved to Lviv, where I currently live and work. I’ve got a lovely dog called Loki. He often appears in my paintings as a symbol of love and respect for animals. Also I bring up the topic of equality, feminism and self-love in my works. If to sum up - my paintings are about good nature, respect and love for all living beings.


SEP 30, 2021. UKRAINE.


Tell us your story, how did you come to painting? I was appealed by art as far back as I can remember. I always wanted to be an artist, but independent life made me forget about this dream and I started to work as a graphic designer. I was stuck in the office until I was 29. That was an interesting experience, but it was enough for me to understand that something needs to be changed. When the quarantine started, I resigned and devoted more time to art. A few months later, I rented my first small studio and was already preparing for my solo show.

What are your motivation forces for painting? For the first time in my life, I feel at my own place. I want to believe that people understand my art, that people can see the story, the message and the idea that I put in my paintings. I believe that my art can change the world for the better. That is my main motivation.

What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it? My studio is a beautiful bright apartment located in the historical part of the city. High ceilings and plenty of space. Vintage chandeliers have been preserved in the apartment, which add some charm to this place. Interestingly, a few months ago I gave an interview. There was a similar question about the studio. At that time, I haven’t got this place yet. But then I answered that I dream of finding such a place someday. Dreams can materialize.  

What is art for you? Art is my power, my power to speak, to live. It is some sort of therapy that helps to convey and reveal important topics. Interaction with art is the development of the soul.

Photo: Iryna Maksymova
Instagram. @maxymova


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