About the Artist
My full Russian name is Dina Alexandrovna Perejogina. I was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in April 1976. I grew up with my mother, a very talented artist, and my brother in St Petersburg. Her preferred work style was that of the old masters, choosing to paint with oil on canvas. My father used to teach Art in Moscow and is still responsible for restoring Russian Icon art, along with other important state artefacts, including traditional Russian miniature lacquered boxes. My brother is a wonderful stonemason and artist working with semi-precious stone creating fireplaces, mosaic floors and sculptures.
I am following in my parents' footsteps, as I graduated from the St Petersburg Art Restoration school and subsequently became interested in wildlife drawing and painting. In 1996 I moved to the UK and became a British Citizen, and am happily married with two lovely children.
My love of wildlife and fine art has led me to develop a very detailed style of work. I will usually spend several weeks on a painting to ensure I capture the intricacy and essence of my subject. I always endeavour to create emotion in my paintings, in the hope that the owners of my work will be moved to smile whenever they catch sight of it.
My Mother and my Father studied at same Art School in St. Petersburg, named after N.K. Roerich.
Mother loved poetry, craft, and art. She excelled at the art of painting in the style of the old Masters, particularly through landscapes, animals but mainly people in large classical style paintings. Her greatest goal was to achieve perfection in painting the complexion of her subjects' skin, working with oils and preparing the canvases in the old Master’s way. Her passion for craft, making clothing and furniture, led her to construct her own framing . My dear Mother worked in the university hand-crafting all the posters to a large scale throughout the 1980's and 1990's.
Father took on further study in Khabarovsk, a branch of the institute, and later in Sholokhov University, at the department of Hudgraf, to become an Art teacher; later working as a teacher near Moscow. My Father's passion for religion inspired him to work with churches and monasteries around all Russia. He often travelled far to undertake the skilled task of restoing many murals on the walls, mainly depictions of apostles, up to 1.5m tall. Often these iconic pieces of art were very damaged and included the intricate task of restoring the gold leaf, which requires a high level of skill, patience and dedication. In Moscow and St.Petersburg he was responsible for the restoration of classical icons from the 15th- 19th Century in the technical, old traditional style.
He has worked with traditional Russian folk art- painting Matryoshka (The Russian Doll) up to 12 pieces to very high standards of intricate detailing which sold for around €500 in 1990’s. My Father also painted traditional lacquer boxes and made them out of papier-mâché with ten layers of lacquer varnish. On them, he painted historic Russian churches with gold leaf detailing, or classical art such as the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' copy from Johannes Vermeer or 'Holy Family with a Curtain' copy from Rembrandt or other religious scenery. In Magadan Town in Russia, one of his paintings panels reached up to ten meters in length. Not long after retirement, he worked on Putin's, president of Russia, monastery - a very large restoration project in which he was responsible for restoring the most damaged parts of the ceiling paintings where he had to recreate the apostles. During his retirement, he enjoys painting classical icons and religion works, with several commissions on the go.
I’m extremely proud of my parents' achievements, particularly during the difficult times in Russia where artists and religions were not the easiest subject to drive forward. To this day it a blessing to portray these treasures thanks to our ancestors perseverance.
South Holland Open Arts Exhibition
REACT ~ Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust
I was fortunate to have been selected as the artist to promote REACT (Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust). REACT is dedicated to raising awareness and educating people about the threats to endangered species. REACT commissioned paintings for three threatened species; the Malayan sun bear, the Bornean orangutan, and the Asian pygmy elephant, raising funds to protect their environment.