Irene Sheri was born in the city of Belgorod Dnestrovsky, Ukraine in 1968. Her diverse heritage probably makes her one of the brightest examples of a new breed of inter-cultural artists emerging from "Europe without borders."
The seeds of her career started when Irene's older brother Vasily was given a set of paints for his birthday. Irene was told NOT TO TOUCH THEM! Those paints became an object of desire for her, almost an obsession. She stole them, mixed them, painted on paper, walls, on her dress and on the bodies of her friends. She was 4 years old.
At age 9 Sheri began to study art at the Belgorod Art School for gifted children, and at age 15 graduated valedictorian both from her junior high and art school.
Following her acceptance at Grecov College of Art, in Odessa Ukraine, Irenen entered and won "Young Artist of the year" at the citywide juried exhibition. In all, Ms. Sheri entered and won fourteen juried exhibitions, and at the end of her second year, received a special "excellence in art" award from the Mayor.
In 1990, Ms. Sheri graduated valedictorian from the Serov College. Two years later, she entered one of the most prestigious art schools in the world, the St Petersburg Academy of Art.
Her graduation artwork was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Academy Art, and a year later, the same painting, "Early snow" (78" x 80") received the highest honor an artist can receive in Russia, the "Russian State Award for Outstanding achievement in Art or Entertainment."
Ms. Sheri’s works are now in the collections of such prominent collectors as musician Mstislav Rastropovich, ex-St Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, oil tycoon Leo Vaisberg, just to name a few. Her artwork is sold and presented by galleries and dealers in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, and the US.