Russian lacquer miniature painting was born over two centuries ago. It is a phenomenon both in the world and Russian culture. Contemporary Russian lacquer miniature art has accumulated the experience of several generations of miniature painters, as well as Russian easel painting motifs and sincerity of Russian folklore and fairy-tales. Valentina Smolenskaya takes pride of place among the contemporary artists working with traditional 3-layer lacquer miniature.
Working at the Fedoskino factory in a group under the guidance of a folklore artist Gennadiy Larishev, Valentina introduced new, rather original compositions into the canonical Fedoskino style, thus conciliating tradition and modernity in her artwork.
The artist’s rich inner world allowed her to create a series of images inspired by the Russian history, literature, Slavic and Scandinavian mythology, as well as her own fantasies and ideas.