Irina Makoveeva is considered to be the best animal printmaking artist in Russia. She was born in 1954, in the northern Russian City of Arkhangelsk and has lived in the Moscow Region since being a young girl. She studied art at the Moscow Pedagogical Institute, graduating in 1976 and started working as an artist in 1977. She has always had a fondness for animals and enjoys capturing their images in her dry points. For her prolific and excellent work, she was awarded the special status of an “Honored Artist of Russia” in 2005. She is also a member of the Russian Artists Union, since 1981, which counts among its members many of the best Russian artists.
Her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions and shows in such diverse locations as; Moscow, Saint Petersburg, La Valetta, Malta, Varna, Bulgaria, Barcelona, Spain, Bonn, Germany, Paris, France, Milan, Italy, China and Singapore as well as over six shows or exhibitions in London. In 2005, at the 12th Annual International Awards and Exhibitions Show in Australia, Irina was awarded the top prize for the best miniature etching, Edipo. In 2008, as a reward for her excellent work, she was given a stipend by the Russian Ministry of Culture. For the past five years, in conjunction with Moscow House of Graphics, Irina teaches young artists and organizes competitions, as well as cooperating with the Russian Culture TV channel, for whom she hosts a TV show, Bibigon. Irina has permanent exhibitions at the Pushkin State Art
Museum, the Darvin State Museum, Timiryazev State Biological Museum and in the Etchings and Art Department of the Russian State Library, as well as ‘The Little Things” exhibition at the Children’s Hospital Boston.
Irina Makoveeva’s “Little Things” Exhibition was on view at Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, from October 1 - November 30, 2010. After her workshop several Irina’s artworks were purchased for Boston Children’s
Hospital permanent exhibition. The artist also had an exhibition at the Yawkey Pavilion at Mass General Hospital until May 2012. The From Russia With Art Gallery, is the exclusive gallery to see and buy her works in New England. Her works were very successfully featured by the Gallery at York, ME Art Association and at the Annual International Boston AD20/21 Print Fairs at Cyclorama, in 2011-2016.