Alina Maksimenko was born in 1974 in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1985-1988 she studied in Art School named after T.G. Shevchenko. In 1993 she graduated from Kiev Art College named after M. Boychuk. She had started her exhibition activity in 1996 Since 2001 she is a member of the BGART union of artists. Since 2003 she is a member of The Art Union of painters of Ukraine.
A voyage from Connemara in Ireland to majestic Kiev in Ukraine brought me to the studio of Alina Maksimenko. It was here, on that grey autumn day, that I first met Alina and discovered her remarkable paintings.
Whether one is admiring a harbour scene, a still life or a nude, painted by this talented young artist, one is immediately struck by her excellent composition and her extraordinary use of colour.
Alina is spontaneous by nature and consequently having an open, natural and uninhibited manner, enables her to work both independently and with an obvious sense of freedom. Her confident lines are always loose and fluid; showing the observer her true quality and strength, which lies in her simplicity.
Many people are inspired by Alinas work but, what I have noticed is that, a great many of these people are artists themselves that surely speaks volumes about Alina Maksimenko who is undoubtedly a shining star from the East.
Having attended the openings of numerous exhibitions, showing Alinas work in both France and Ireland, I am delighted to see that she is receiving the recognition that she so well deserves.
2007 Art Ireland Summer Collection 2007, RDS Industrial Hall, Dublin, Ireland Chelsea Art Fair 2007, London, UK Solo exhibition, Ukrainian House, Kiev, Ukraine Exhibition,(A.Maksimenko-paintings,L.Kozlov-sculpture),gallery Lavra, Kiev
2006 Solo exhibition, Galerie Vendme, Paris, France Solo exhibition, Art Blues gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Art Ireland Summer Collection 2006, RDS Industrial Hall, Dublin, Ireland Solo exhibition, gallery Viviane Henwood, Cholet, France Exhibition, gallery Arte Plural, Audincort, France Affordable Art Fair, London, UK Art Ireland Winter Collection 2006, RDS Industrial Hall, Dublin, Ireland Art Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine
2005 Exhibition, Galerie Vendme, Paris, France Sculpture symposium, Aubazine, France Painting symposium, Bozava, Croatia Art Ireland Winter 2005, RDS Main Hall, Dublin, Ireland CAFE 2005 (Contemporary Art Fair Edinburgh), Edinburgh, United Kingdom Manchester Art Show, MICC G-MEX, Manchester, United Kingdom Solo exhibition, ART MASTER Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic Art Ireland Summer Collection 2005, RDS Industries Hall, Dublin, Ireland France in my heart art festival, Dim Mykoly gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Solo exhibition, Art Blues gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2004 Art Ireland Winter 2004, RDS Main Hall, Dublin, Ireland Solo exhibition, Valera gallery, Tarbes, France Solo exhibition, Tadzio gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Solo exhibition, Silver Bells gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Konstantin Brankuzy gallery, House of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania Royal Exhibition Hall, Amman, Jordan Personal exhibition, Capitans Tower gallery, Zadar, Croatia
2003 The Museum of cultural heritage, Kiev, Ukraine Solo exhibition, Dim Mykoly gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Solo exhibition, Tadzio gallery, Kiev, Ukraine International autumn art festival, Lviw, Ukraine (diploma, catalog) Sculpture symposium, Sekeshfeherwar, Hungary Painting symposium, Sednev, Ukraine Painting symposium, island Galewas, Croatia
2002 The Lavra gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Autumn exhibition of young painters, The Union of Painters, Kiev, Ukraine International autumn art festival, Lviw, Ukraine ( catalog) In searching of style Museum of Podilskiy district, Kiev, Ukraine
2001 EO ,art project, Kiev, Ukraine (grand-prix) National autumn exhibition, Kiev, Ukraine Poetry of color, personal exhibition, Art Hovel gallery, Kiev, Ukraine Sculpture symposium, Kremenchug, Ukraine
2000 National autumn exhibition, Kiev, Ukraine Sculpture symposium dedicated to 1000 years of Hungarian Church, Solotvyno, Ukraine
Her works are in the Museum of History of Kiev, Ukraine, Museum of Modern Art, Kiev,Ukraine, collection of the Ministry of the Culture of Ukraine. In private collections of Ukraine, Poland, Italy, USA, Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, France, German, Croatia In the galleries: Art-blues , Kiev, Ukraine; Art-master, Prague, Czech Republic; Le Siants Prague, Czech Republic; Vendome, Paris, France; Art-plural, Audincourt, France; Stronach gallery,County Galway, Ireland; Alina Maksimenko lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine.