Marina Zavalova

The Art of Marina Zavalova


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Marina's Story

I always believed that women can do "big art" not just crafts, and all my life I tried to prove it.

I started to paint for my high school theater at age 16. We traveled across Russia with plays, trying to bring the arts to remote areas. We were very young, 16-18 years old, and we saw interest and great appreciation for what we were doing from hard working people, collective farm workers and their families. The great impact that had on me combined with the beauty of nature pushed me to study art professionally and become an artist. My father, a professional artist, helped me on this journey.

I graduated in 1985 from the Art Academy in Moscow, Russia with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art. Besides numerous exhibits I also participated in church restoration in Moscow, being the only woman on the team.

I emigrated to the United States in 1990 for political reasons with my husband Vladimir (also an artist) and my 3 children. By 1993 I had my art in galleries across the USA, and began teaching classes and workshops.

Volunteer Work

Marina started 24 hour painting marathons in 2015 to benefit her local community. In May 2015 a 24 hour painting marathon was held to benefit the Bonneville Humane Society, The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, and PETA! The second marathon was in June 2015 to benefit The Haven Shelter, a domestic violence center and shelter for women with kids. In July 2015 Marina painted at 3 hour events to benefit the Idaho Falls Zoo, and in October 2015 to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Marina also perform painting demonstrations at local schools free of charge. With smashing success!!


- Upcoming exhibit of Russian Painters in Idaho: From Bongart to Zavalova, January 21 - March 26, 2016 at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Teaching classes at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Invited to participate in "Women of the West" Professional Artists at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah.
- Spring Salon, Logan Fine Art Gallery, Logan, Utah
- 2 large paintings accepted for a juried statewide competition "Biennale Art Idaho"
- Big mural painted for a local business
- Outdoor workshop at TAM
- Exhibit at Idaho State University Library
- "Driggs Digs" Plein Air paint out
- Collaborated on 4 large paintings with artists Marko Marino, Ryan Stein, Aubrey Fridley, Gaylenn Fridley
- 2 paintings accepted into Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, Kansas
- "Driggs Digs" Plein Air paint out
- One person show at Blake Hall Gallery, Idaho Falls, Idaho
- First place in Oil at Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, North Carolina (Miniature Show)
- One person show at Blake Hall Gallery, Idaho Falls, Idaho
- One person show at local art gallery, Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Participant in Southern Virginia University Art Shows (Invitational)
- Teaching workshop in Driggs, Idaho
- Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, California
- 2nd place in "Paint Out" competition through the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls, Idaho
- 1st place in The Northwest Plein Air Exhibition held at Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, Oregon
- Mural for Russian restaurant in Idaho Falls
- "Culture and Agricutlture" show in New Visions Gallery. Marshfield, Wisconsin
- "Paint America" Competition Top100 and Top50mini winner
- One person show at Taos Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona
- One person show at Buffalo Trail Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Two person show at West Lives On Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- One person show at Gallery 1000 in Carmel by the Sea, California
- "Top 100" at La Jolla Gallery Competition
- Published by Bentley House
- Finalist in art competition through The Artist's Magazine
- One person show at Sleeping Bear Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho
- First Place in Oil at Dixie College Art Show in St. George, Utah
- Plein air workshop "Masters of Montana" through Chaparral Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, Montana
- Became a member of Oil Painters of America
- Plein air workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho through Kneeland Gallery
- Two person show at Tivoli Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah