Irina V. Ivanova was born in Ukraine (former Soviet Union). From the
time of middle school Irina learned art. She graduated with honors from
the art school, after 8 years of in-depth studies of Painting and
Drawing. By the time Irina started her college education, she already
had 10 years of art education and numerous diplomas from art schools
and professional art courses. Always gravitating towards fashion, after
completion of her fine art education she studied fashion design. She
earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in the field of
textile/fashion design from Vitebsk State Technological University
(Vitebsk, Belarus). This combination of Visual Art and Fashion Design
shaped her area of art interests and laid the foundation of her
personal art style.
After graduation she was based in Armenia, captivated by unique
historical, cultural and art traditions of the region. She had numerous
art shows with her watercolor and oil on canvas works, silk paintings
and ink drawing artwork. Fusion of Eastern and Western traditions
created a distinguishing flavor of her style.
As a fashion designer and educator she participated in numerous
European Community projects in Armenia. From 1999 till 2001 she was
based in North Miami Beach, where she taught for two years in Design
and Architecture Magnet School (DASH) as a part of dual-enrollment
program with Miami-Dade College. Starting from 2001, she teaches at the
Fashion Design Department of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Irina V. Ivanova is working as a visual artist in her home-based
studio in Hallandale. She presents her artwork on her website as a visual artist
and illustrator, exclusively represented by ArtVisions™ fine
art licensing. She is a co-owner and co-founder of consulting and
design company Art Design Project, Inc. and she is a co-editor of
Irina's main creative and professional areas of interest are Figurative Art and Fashion Illustration. However, her interest in these fields goes beyond creating stylish fashion-themed figurative art. Irina is sharing her figure drawing and figurative art methods with all those who are interested in improving their figure drawing and fashion illustration skills via her publications. After years (if not decades) of profound research of figure proportions she created and published her own, original figure drawing templates which are successfully used as a drawing tool, learning aid and reference material for many fashion professionals around the globe. Fashion templates by Ivanova are popular fashion croquis and fashion illustration standard accepted by many fashion professionals.