Iryna Maksymova was born in 1991 in Kolomyia. She lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine. With a degree in Graphic Design, Iryna started to paint full time only a few years ago but throughout her life she was always painting in her spare time. Iryna combines colorful domestic settings with exotic, often magic-tinged creatures, whose facial features contort in displays of distress or agony, encouraging the viewer to question humans’ feelings of supremacy over animals. Her figurative expression on canvas comes from her emotional experiences and the topics which affect her life. The storyline, the color contrasts and characters reflect the deepest part of her inner feelings. In 2021 alone, Iryna has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Kyiv, Berlin, and Los Angeles. Her work is held in private collections across the US, Europe, and Australia.