Irina Vitalievna Karkabi was born in 1960, into a family of scientists in Ukraine. Her artistic talent was nourished from an early age, and soon after graduating in 1982 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg-Russia, she moved to the bay city of Haifa in the north of Israel with her husband and newborn son.
There, at the Mediterranean crossroads of cultural ideas and influences, she founded her studio. Irina works exclusively in oil on canvas.
She has exhibited internationally, for example at Art Expo in New York and Los Angeles. Her work is in private collections in Israel, USA and Europe. In her earlier career, Irina also designed posters for the theater and illustrated numerous children books.
Today she works mainly on commissioned portraits, landscapes and figurative art.
Irina's paintings explore the mysteries of love and feminine beauty.
Drawing from the old masters of Greece and Egypt, and the Art Nouveau style,
she skillfully blends classical beauty with comtemporary symbolism.
Her timeless images reverberate with sensuality, as thet explore the depths of the human psyche.