Russian artists Michael and Inessa Garmash
Talented Russian artists Michael and Inessa Garmash have created beautiful gallery of paintings, stained-glass windows, mosaics and drawings that amaze viewrs all over Europe. They have exhibited in Sweden, France, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium and Finland. Award winning artists received first prizes at several juried exhibitions, including the Lugansk Regional Juried Exhibition—1977 (Best Poster), the Czechoslovakian International Youth Competition—1978, and the Hungarian International Art Competition of Circus Related Art—1978. The Garmashs began their artistic collaboration after their marriage. Since then, Michael and Inessa Garmash have successfully worked together creating stunning art works. They use their daughter Polina as a model and occasionally include themselves in their paintings.
It all started in a town of Lugansk in the then Soviet Ukraine, 1969. An early starter, Michael Garmash began painting at the age of three. By age six he started his formal education at the Lugansk Youth Creative Center. Recognizing rare, natural talent, his teachers sent his works to a variety of exhibitions in the then Soviet Union.
Michael Garmash graduated from the Lugansk State Fine Art College in 1987, and began teaching there the following year. From 1989 to 1991, he served in the army (when he met his wife and partner, Inessa) and in 1992 began studying at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art.
Inessa Garmash, born Inessa Kitaichik in 1972 Lipetsk, Russia. She has shown talent in art since early childhood, attending classes in ballet, gymnastics and music. After graduating from music and ballet school, she entered the Lugansk Fine Art School at age fifteen. At seventeen she was accepted as that year’s best undergraduate to the Lugansk State Fine Art School. The Garmashs began their artistic collaboration after their marriage. Since then, Michael and Inessa Garmash have worked together creating paintings, stained-glass windows, mosaics and drawings.