Marina Zavalova


Born in Moscow, Russia, she became an impressionist landscape and still life painter of highly colorful scenes with bold application of paint.

She first studied drawing from her father who was a painter and commercial artist and inspired her to love art. As a high school student participating in theater, where she designed and organized sets, she had the opportunity to travel throughout Russia and see much beautiful landscape, which stirred her interest in landscape painting. She was also greatly influenced by the art of Konstantin Korovin, a Russian impressionist artist.

In 1981 she graduated from the Moscow Art Academy, where she studied under Alexander Dubinchik, with a Master's Degree in Art.

In 1990 Marina emigrated to the United States, and by 1993 her professional career as an artist was in full swing. She began showing her work in art galleries across the U.S., teaching classes, hosting workshops and has never looked back since.

Her works can be found in exhibitions, shows and workshops in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming as well as the collection of the Moscow Museum of Folk Art. Some of her work is published by Bentley House in the form of art prints.

Marina's experience ranges from participation in oil painting, watercolor, and textile exhibitions as well as mural painting and restoration work in Russian Orthodox churches, textile design for clothing and commercial work for the theater.

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