Tsvirkunova was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1968, where prior to attending a mathematics and physics school, she became heavily involved in the arts and went on to study in the infamous Herzen academy. Her acceptance into the tight artistic circle of Gennady Zubkov, who was also heavily involved in the academic side of art in the university at the time had an extensive impact upon her works. That period of 1997 onwards saw Tsvirkunova’s involvement of study of and color in the Zubkov’s studio. Zubkov’s full submersion into the way in which physical forms should be represented on canvas, as well as his oeuvre and comprehension of color had a great impact on the student Tsvirkunova. Through a careful comparison of both of their works, as are present within the galleries, it becomes quickly perceptible how one influenced the other.
Evidently, having graduated, Tsvirkunova went on to become a member of the Artist’s Union of Russia. Nonetheless, this is not the only artistic guild of which she is a part of. In addition to this, she is also an honorary associate of the creative artists union (IFA) of Russia, which helps support the artistic community with the aid of the cultural ministry as well other publicly and privately owned funds.
Also, Tsvirkunova is also a representative of the ‘Free Culture’ society of Russia, which reinforces rudimentary connections between the artists and the society they live in. Hence, they support various projects which aim to educate and consult private individuals in the world of contemporary Russian art. Additionally, Tsvirkunova is also an affiliate of the art group ‘The 17th of April’ as well as ‘Form + Colour’, which were both instigated and maintained by Gennady Zubkov.
Tsvirkunova is currently living and working in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Selected Solo exhibitions:
2011 Universal Landscape, DiDi gallery, St. Petersburg.
2011 Per terras, per coelestas, per arem, per maria, Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk.
2009 Inherent Symbols of Visibility, Art Liga gallery, Art-Center “Pushkinskya 10”, St. Petersburg.
2007 Svetlana Tsvirkunova. Collage, Policor, St. Petersburg.
2006 Svetlana Tsvirkunova. Collage, IFA, St. Petersburg.
2005 Svetlana Tsvirkunova. Collage”, Life, Oshima, Japan.
2005 Svetlana Tsvirkunova. Collage, G2 gallery, Tokyo.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2010-2011 Cross Motion, Museum of Nonconformistic Art, St.Petersburg; City Exhibition Hal Velikiy Nongorod, Fine Arts Museum of Karelia Pepublic, Petrozavodsk.
2010 Holiday Colour, Gallery “DiDi”, St. Petersburg.
2010 Objective Art, “The 12th of July” gallery, St. Petersburg.
2010 Report Exhibition, “The 12th of July” gallery, St. Petersburg.
2009 Sacred Ancient Russia in contemporary painting of St. Petersburg”, State Museum of St. Petersburg History.
2009 Russians: From Malevich to Kabakov, Ober gallery, Kent, Connecticut, the USA.
2009 Works on Paper, Shirakawa, Kyoto, Japan.
2009 Petersburg Avant-garde, Yaroslavskiy Art Museum.
2009 Presents: Museum of Petersburg avant-garde, St. Petersburg.
2009 Success Items: “The 12th of July” gallery, St. Petersburg.
2008, 2009 Miracle of St. George, State Museum of St. Petersburg History, St. Petersburg.
2008 Family Album”, Fine Arts Museum of Karelia Republic, Petrozavodsk.
2008 Mini-Art: The Elite, Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg.
2008 What a Beautiful Play, Fine Arts Museum of Karelia Republic, Petrozavodsk.
2007 KhudGraph, exhibition hall “Noviy Manezh”, Moscow.
2007 Geometry of Space Forms, “Kino” gallery, Moscow.
2007 Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg. Informal schools and units. ХХI Century, “Belyaievo”, Moscow.
2007 Art Manezh, Moscow.
2006 Nature of Cosmos, Ethnographic Museum of the Russian Peoples, St. Petersburg.
2006 The Angel Has Flown, Fine Arts Museum of Karelia Republic, Petrozavodsk.
2006 Christmas Exhibition, the Gennady Zubkov studio, St. Petersburg.
2005 Line and Form, Japanese Art Gallery, St. Petersburg.
2005 Russian Tales, HANNABI Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2005 II International Biennale, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo.
2005 Collage in Russia. XX Century, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
2004 Festival of Independent Art, Central exhibition Hall “Manezh”, St. Petersburg.
2004 Exhibition-seminars for the 100-anniversary of V. Sterligov’s birth, Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg.
2003 Collage in Russia. XX Century, State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin, Moscow.
2002-2003 Tour around university museums of the USA.
2001, 2004 – Tomskaya Trienniale ‘Drawing of Russia’, Tomskiy Regional Art Museum.
2001 Exhibition-presentation of the album “Sterligov’s Space”, Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg.
2001 Fathers and Children, Museum of Nonconformist Art, “S.P.A.S” gallery, St. Petersburg.
2001, 2003 – Graphic Biennale, Novosibirskaya State Picture Gallery, Russia.
2001 Abstract Art in Russia. ХХ century, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
2000 Traditions and Contemporaneity, IFA, St. Petersburg.
2000 ArtLIkBez, Art-Poligon, Art-Center “Pushkinskaya, 10”, St. Petersburg.
2000 Dialogues, Central exhibition Hall “Manezh”, St. Petersburg.
1999 The Beauty of Your House, “S.P.A.S” gallery, St. Petersburg.
1998 Presentation of Art Unification “The 17th of April”, “S.P.A.S” gallery, St. Petersburg.
1997 Summer 97, “S.P.A.S” gallery, St. Petersburg.
Selected Public and Private Collections:
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg;
Fine Arts Museum of Karelia Republic, Petrozavodsk;
Novosibirskaya State Picture Gallery, Russia;
Tomskiy Regional Art Museum, Russia;
Kemerovskiy Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Russia;
Fine Arts Museum of Tatarstan Republic, Kazan’, Russia;
Viyatка Regional Art Museum;
Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg;
Museum of Contemporary Art “Erarta”, St. Petersburg;
Museum of Petersburg’s avant-garde (House of M.V. Matushin), St. Petersburg;
Museum of Contemporary Spiritual Art, Kolomna, Russia;
Museum of Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk;
Creative Aritst's Union (IFA) St. Petersburg;
Private collections in Russia and abroad.