I'm Irina De Vicente
I'm a folk artist, surface designer and teacher.

I like to transform nature into decorative artistic language of our ancestors. So simple and understandable for everyone.

You can learn it too!
Why Folk Art?
Decorative folk painting is a good way to start to paint for beginners, because folk painting uses simple basic elements and a repetitive ornament.
  • Art Skills
    This is a good practise for the hands and eyes, it gives you the opportunity to study how to feel a proportion, a composition, color combinations. This is a very good training of artistic taste and creativity.
    For example, in the painting of "Khokhloma" (this is a Russian folk style, recognizable all over the world), we use only 5 basic elements. All patterns consist of these five elements. It's incredible, isn't it?!
  • Mental Health
    And also, very important, a decorative painting develops fine motor skills of the hands. The fine motor skills are subtle movements of the hands and fingers. It serves for the development of neural connections of the brain for children and for older people. They say, this kind of painting (as well as a calligraphy) developments the brain and prevents senile diseases. Usually, with regular practice of painting, students' sleep and mood improve, and memory strengthens.
    For me personally, painting is the best meditation.
  • Cultural Heritage
    In our modern age, we are too far removed from nature, from the origins, from the worldview of our ancestors. Folk art is the craft of ordinary people in villages, people without art education who created from the heart, from God. However, they did not use realistic artistic language, but decorative one. Now we would use a special application to edit a photo of a flower or AI app. And more than 300 years ago village artisans passed through themselves a beauty of a flower and put it on a wooden plate with a brush, making a couple of strokes.
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My project "MASTERskaya"
I have always been attracted to decorative painting and folk art... and I was a bit shy about it, because it all seemed simple, somehow childish... Traditional wooden bowls, spoons, matryoshka dolls - that's what Russian traditional painting is usually associated with. But I could not give up my passion of traditional art so easy. Through the experience of academic painting and drawing, through the study of the history of art in The Imperial Art Academy in St.Petersburg (Russia), I still came to decorative painting and folk art. And now I am "at home", I'm enjoying it a lot! And I realized that folk art is not always so simple!

My goal and mission are to show people all over the world that folk art, and Russian traditional art is beautiful, harmonious, it is a connection with ancestors, it is always relevant and can even be stylish and fashionable.

I really like to create interior compositions with folk ornaments on paper or wooden surfaces. It seems to me that they fit very well into any interior and give a zest to any space.

Recently, I've started creating digital patterns in the folk style. And now I can combine in the interior hand-painted artworks (on canvas, dishes or accessories) and my digital patterns printed on fabrics (pillows, blankets, curtains, tablecloths, etc.). That's fantastic, isn't it?!

That's how my project "MASTERskaya" was born ("masterskaya" means "workshop" in Russian). These are tutorials about traditional folk painting in three languages (English, Spanish, Russian). These lessons are for children and adults, for people who have never painted in their lives, but would like to start.

Join me in my classes and courses and you won't be able to resist painting anymore.

In love with folk art painting,
Irina De Vicente
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