in memory of my Mom...

Valentina Lezina (1940-2014). Russian artist, photographer.
Valentina Ivanovna Lezina (née Gridina) was born on September 23, 1940 in Karabash (Chelyabinsk region), in a mineworker’s family. Graduated from the school with the silver medal for academic achievement in 1958. Entered the Magnitogorsky Industrial College in the same year and finished it as a chemist in 1961. In 1961-1966 worked in Verkhny Ufaley, then in Kentau (Kazakhstan). Starting in December 1966 lived and worked in Togliatti (Samara region).
All her life she was painting for herself and never had any exhibitions. An autodidact, she got no artistic education. Her works were influenced by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, Anatoly Zverev, Vladimir Yakovlev. She mostly painted in gouache, tempera, water color, acryl on paper. Favorite genres – landscape, still-life, abstraction (rarely). The paintings were generally created from memory or imagination. In the summer 2014 entered the Solaris Artists’ Union. There are around 300 works of 2003-2012 that remain.
Valentina Lezina died on September 8, 2014 after long and severe illness.