Irinché means little Irina and that's what my family called me when I was little. I took it up as my artistic identity, because Irina the child is the essence of my inspiration and my work. My illustrations represent a magical and colorful universe, nourished by my childhood memories, my family, my Bulgarian origins and the old tales that my grandmother read to me. I like to play with codes and often I revisit characters that are supposed to be “wicked” or “negative” by giving them a naive, childish and endearing side. Through my creations I express my fascination for what is out of the ordinary by conveying positive messages.
As a child, I spent a lot of my time drawing. At the age of 18, I left my country and my family to study in France. I barely spoke French. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Applied Arts in Strasbourg, then a Bachelor's degree in Languages, all crowned by a Master's degree in Political Science. An atypical journey, influenced by choices of heart and reason. Thus, my path led me to Brussels and I managed, with great perseverance, to land a position in the European Parliament as an assistant to MEPs. I worked for five years in political cabinets – a truly enriching experience, but one that did little to nourish my soul. To find myself and get closer to what is essential to my well-being, I once again invited drawing into my life. Art has been my therapy and brought me balance.
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