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Artist Profile - Inessa V. Kombarova

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Born on 20 February 1961 in the village Latyshevo, Moscow district, Inessa Kombarova graduated Fedoskino Art School in 1980. Among her teachers were Frolov and Kulgachev. After graduation at Fedoskino, she actively participated in many art exhibitions. Kombarova was honored with awards from VDNKh (Exhibition of Economic Achievement, in Moscow), the exhibit "The Youth of Russia", and the Fedoskino factory itself. There have been articles about her in different magazines, like "Smena" and "Soviet Union". In the book Lacquer Miniatures. Fedoskino by N.Krestovskaya, one of her boxes "An Apprentice" is displayed on page 112.

Near tragedy struck Kombarova earlier this decade when her baby son was born in very poor health and struggled to survive. For almost six years, Kombarova turned away from the art world, sacrificing her career for the health of her son. Now "Nikita" is doing better and Kombarova has once again reentered the world of Russian lacquer miniatures. Last year Kombarova participated in a big exhibition honoring 850 years of Moscow and this year she has presented her works at the Manezh Exhibit Hall in Moscow. Boxes painted by Kombarova are in the Art Foundation, Russian Museum, All-Russian Museum of Applied Art, and Sergiev-Posad Museum. Her miniatures are in private collections in the USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, and France, among others. When we caught up with her, Inessa, or "Inna" as she is better know as, was preparing for a Youth Exhibition late in the year. The beauty of different plants is close to the heart of the artist. "I paint what I see around and what I love", she says. Kombarova is a beautiful lady with warm eyes. She has a great sense of humor and tender manners. We hope that everything will be good in her life and wish her health and wealth to her family in all the years to come.

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