ELVIRA PYRKOVA was born on May 2nd 1970 in Arsamas, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. She was admitted at the Central Art School of the National TRETYAKOV Gallery in Moscow, part of the VASILY IVANOVICH SURIKOV ART INSTITUTE, by its selection committee in 1980 and graduated in 1988. At TRETYAKOV she studied under Alexander Smirnof, Natalya Bereznaya and Serguei Andreyaca, whose name bears the NATIONAL ACQUARELLE GALLERY. In 1988 she entered the All-Russia State Institute of Cinematography where she studied Costume Design under veteran Soviet costume designer Olga Kruchinina. She graduated with honors in 1994 from the MFA program. In 1995, after some experience in film costume design, assisting Costume designer Irina Ginno in a film by Eldar Ryazanov, she moved to Mexico where she has held successful exhibits in mayor metropoli like Guanajuato, Monterrey and Mexico City. Hers was the only foreign entry in the book HUELLA ENTRE MILENIOS, which features work from the most important modern Mexican painters and sculptors, like Martha Chapa and Jose Luis Cuevas. Her work can be seen in several galleries in Mexico City and Monterrey: Galeria Lourdes Chumacero and Galeria Sylvia Ozerkovsky, as well as in Kew Gallery in New York City. Elvira Pyrkova now lives and works in the United Kingdom, her work has been twice short -listed for Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ Prize and can be admired at Driffold Gallery, Royal Sutton Coldfield and RBSA Gallery. Her most recent commission was by the Erdington Abbey, Parish of Thomas and Edmund of Canterbury, to deliver studies in oil of Saints David, Patrick, Andrew and George. More recently, her portrait of Russian tragedian Smoktunovsky was exhibited and sold at Christie’s, St. James, London, being short-listed for the Garrick/Milne Prize.
July-August 2000 HISTORIAS Y SUEÑOS El Centro Asturiano de México, A. C. Arquímides #4 Polanco México, D. F.
May 2000 RETROSPECTIVA "ELVIRA PYRKOVA" Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración Instituto Politécnico Nacional Periférico Sur 4863 México, D. F.
March 2000 JARDIN DE LOS RECUERDOS PERDIDOS Fit-Biz Executive and Business Center Insurgentes Sur 1605 8o Piso México, D. F.
February 1998 PINTURA Y DIBUJO; OBRA ESCOGIDA Fit-Biz Executive and Business Center Insurgentes Sur 1605 8o Piso México, D. F.
December 1997 850 AÑOS DE MOSCU Plaza Loreto Rio Magdalena 46, San Angel México, D. F.
March 1997 MOTIVOS DE RUSIA Casino del Valle, Colonia del Valle, Monterrey, N. L.
July 1996 SEGUNDA RETROSPECTIVA Galería Torre del Reloj, Polanco México, D. F.
April 1996 PRIMERA RETROSPECTIVA Universidad del Valle de México Campus San Rafael México, D.F.
May 2004 RBSA PRIZE EXHIBITION, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dakota House, 4 Brooke Street, Birmingham B3 1SA, United Kingdom.
August- September 2003, GARRICK/MILNE PRIZE EXHIBITION, Christie's, 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1, United Kingdom
May 2003 RBSA PRIZE EXHIBITION, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dakota House, 4 Brooke Street, Birmingham B3 1SA, United Kingdom.
February/March 2003 INTERIOR SPACE, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dakota House, 4 Brooke Street, Birmingham B3 1SA, United Kingdom.
January 2003, FRIENDS' EXHIBITION, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dakota House, 4 Brooke Street, Birmingham B3 1SA, United Kingdom.
April, May 2001, TRILOGIA RUSA EN COLOR, Casa de la Artesana, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.
September 1999 CRUZADA DEL ARTE POR EL CANCER DE MAMA Modern Art Café, Mundo E Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, Mexico.
April 1999 JORNADAS DE RUSIA EN LA CAMARA DE DIPUTADOS Palacio Legislativo de San Lázaro México, D. F.
March 1999 JORNADAS CULTURALES RUSAS C. E. L. E. UNAM, México, D. F.
July 1998 SEMANA CULTURAL RUSA Museo Iconográfico del Quijote Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
March 1998 COLOR DEL SENTIMIENTO Modern Art Café, Plaza Loreto México, D. F.
April 1997 ARTE ENCUENTRO ANUAL Auditorio San Pedro San Pedro, Garza García, N.L., Mexico
March 1997 SALON DE LA ACUARELA Villa Amadeus, Salón Viena San Pedro, Garza García, N. L. Mexico.