Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and currently based in Montreal, Iryna Merkulova is a visual artist whose creative journey finds inspiration in the intricate social processes of the modern world, especially within urban environments. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (With Distinction) from Concordia University, Merkulova's artistic exploration spans painting, drawing, and mixed media. She has participated in numerous exhibitions across Canada, receiving generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and various cultural public organizations.

Artist Statement

My artistic practice is rooted in the exploration of societal dynamics and human interaction with the built environment. Through the observed visuals, I explore the influence of human-made space on social behavior and its role in establishing communal connections. 

My artworks are mainly paintings and drawings; however, I occasionally create mixed-media artworks and videos. Through my paintings of seemingly ordinary, everyday objects, I wish to investigate deeper issues related to the sustainability of communal urban living, consumerism, and the place of women in society. I often use personal memories as the entry point into my visual narratives. In this way, my work straddles the personal as well as the interpersonal, creating an open space that challenges and comforts the viewer through distant togetherness.

Solo / Duo exhibitions:

2023 - Discontinuous, Heterogeneous, and Pluriversal, Shenkman Art Centre, Ottawa, ON

2023 - Blind Contour, Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto, Montreal, QC

2023 - Blind Contour, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte, ON

Selected Group exhibitions:

2023 – Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Salt Spring, BC

2022 - Sled, Le Livart, Montreal,QC

2022 - Traces, Fais-moi l'art, Montreal,QC

2022 - Refraction, Yolk x Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal,QC

2022 - Popup Exhibition, ArtCible, Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal,QC

2021 - City of Art III, Galley 1313, Toronto, ON

2021 - JPEG Vol.II, ArtCible, Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal,QC

2021 - Finding Sanctuary Exhibition, Visionary Art Collective, Online

2020 - Merging Perimeters, PDSA Concordia University, Montreal,QC

2019 - Le Salon, Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal,QC

2019 - Limitless, Juried Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Online

2019 - 51st International Juried Exhibition, Society of Canadian Artists, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

2018 - Smelted, VAV Gallery, Montreal,QC


2023 - Finalist of Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP)

2023 - Articipate Grant by Arts Network Ottawa through Multicultural Artists' Coalition (MAC-CAM)

2022 - Canada Council for Arts Grant for Research and Creation

2021 - Concordia University Alumni Association (CUAA) Fine Arts Prize


2019 - InArte Journal, Concordia University, 2019, Issue 09 Emotions

2019 - Feelszine Journal. Toronto. 2019. Issue 09: Ageing out now


BFA Painting and Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal