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 fusion 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 oriental ink 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 with colleagues from France and Germany. Since 1999 she is based in North Miami Beach, where she taught for two years in Design and Architecture Magnet School 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, Florida. Specificity of her style is based on:
  • Fusion of different cultural backgrounds: her style is a common denominator of different cultures. East-west reflections were always in the focus of her artistic interests and were reflected in latest solo art show "East meets West: the Fine Art of Fashion Illustration."
  • Experimentation with mixing different techniques and mediums: Irina possesses mastery in watercolor, techniques of oriental drawing using ink and wooden stick, gouache, and pastel. Very often she improvises by mixing different techniques in one artwork.
  • Fashion and textile as a source of inspiration: Irina's art style is a delicate balance of fine art and design inspired by fashion.