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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Delicate, whimsical, and beautifully crafted . . . Painted Porcelain

Porcelain painter IRINA ZAYTCEVA was a resounding hit at the Annual International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art in New York (SOFA NY) earlier this year. As Jorden Nye, manager of the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, expressed it: “Irina is one the absolutely best contemporary painted-porcelain artists of anyone I’ve seen and everyone wanted to stop by our booth and see her work!” After looking at her work myself, I think the artist’s popularity and appeal will hold true this week at SOFA Santa Fe as well.

A native of Russia, Zaytceva graduated from the Art Institute
 of Moscow with a BA and an MFA in book illustration. Early on the artist experimented with ways to incorporate her painting and book illustration skills into the plastic elements of ceramics. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 and now lives and works in Princeton, NJ.

Zaytceva’s wonderfully whimsical line of pottery, named “Face-Tea-Witties,” delights viewers and collectors alike with their narrative, Russian fairytale sensibility. She imaginatively blends figures and nature in fresh, three-dimensional ways only achievable by an artist who has mastered her craft. Her work is completely original; each piece is hand built from high-fired porcelain and painted using colorful glazing layers that create exceptional depth and translucency.

The artist is represented by JANE SAUER GALLERY in Santa Fe, and can also be seen in private collections and museums, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.

If you are in Santa Fe this weekend, don’t miss the fabulous SOFA show, running July 8-11—for Zaytceva’s work and that of many other world-class artists!

For full details about SOFA: http://www.sofaexpo.com/

Rosemary Carstens

(Top, Matador Resting; right, artist; bottom left, Avian Conjurer)

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