Marina Kontorina
About the Artist







Marina Kontorina is an émigré from Russia who has recently taken up residence in the United States.  Interested in art from a young age, Ms. Kontorina began formal art studies while in architectural college in Gorky, Russia.  She continued her art studies while earning a graduate degree in architecture from the Architecture University in Kazan, Russia.

Ms. Kontorina has worked with oils, watercolors, gouache, and acrylics for the past thirty years and is currently concentrating on watercolors.  Subjects of her recent work include still life paintings, landscapes, architectural motifs, and portraits.

Recent honors for Ms. Kontorina include her selection as a finalist in the 1998 New York City Society of Illustrators competition, the Michigan Watercolor Society competitions of 1998-2003, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America competitions of 2004 and 2008.

She has received awards of excellence at the following shows:

  • 2008  Leesburg. Fl -- 2D Judges Choice
  • 2008  Winter Park, FL -- Patron's Choice Award
  • 2008  Art Rapids!-Elk Rapids, MI -- Honorable Mention
  • 2007  Port Sanilac, MI -- Best of Show
  • 2006  Bloomington, IN -- Alice SAn Pietro Award
  • 2005  Glenview, IL -- Award of Excellence
  • 2003  Columbus, IN -- Third Place McDonough Award
  • 2003  Crosby Festival of the Arts-Toledo, OH -- Third Place
  • 2002  Park Forest, Illinois -- Second Place 
  • 2002  Arlington Heights, Illinois -- Best of Show
  • 2001  Oak Park, Illinois -- Award of Excellence
  • 2000  Arlington Heights, Illinois -- Best of Show
  • 2000  Long Grove Art Fest, Illinois -- Best of Show
  • 2000  Michigan Water Color Society -- Honor Award
  • 2000  Lake County Fine Arts Festival, Illinois -- Award of Excellence
  • 2000  Art in the Park, Danville, Illinois -- Second Place
  • 2000  Art in the Park, Clinton, Iowa -- Best of Show
  • 1999  Lincolnshire, Illinois -- Best of Show
  • 1998  Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair -- Third Place
  • 1998  Oak Park, Illinois Art Festival -- Award of Excellence
  • 1998  Round the Fountain art Festival in Lafayette, Indiana -- Award of Merit for Watercolor
  • 1998  Kalamazoo Institute of Art Fair -- Third Place
  • 1998  Boston Mills Art Fest -- Honorable Mention
  • 1997  Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Art Show -- Second Place
Ms. Kontorina's works have been featured in the following publications:
  • Pratique des Arts/Hors-serie Aquarelle 2012
  • Best Watermedia Artists of America, Vol. II  2009
  • Russian Life Magazine, July/August 2008
  • Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2005


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