Irina Ionesco

Born in 1935 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Irina Ionesco was born in Paris in 1935. Of Romanian origin, she moved to the city of Constan?a from the age of four, where her grandmother raised her. Fleeing the Russian occupation, she returned to Paris as early as 1948.

A contortionist and painter by turns, Irina Ionesco became interested in photography from 1964, when the painter Corneille placed her first camera in her hands, a Nikon F. She then embarked on a significant series of erotic portraits in black and white. In 1974, her photographs were presented at the Nikon Gallery in Paris and met with exceptional success.

They mainly represent women posing half naked, wearing make-up, and dressed in incredibly extravagant accessories. Among her models, her young daughter Eva often featured, and the photographic nudes of her are still highly controversial today.

The gothic and sensual style of Irina Ionesco nonetheless made her a veritable icon for many designers. She continues to receive numerous orders from fashion magazines such as Vogue or Stiletto and produces photographs for prestigious houses such as Givenchy.

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EXHIBITIONS

• 1970 – Jalmar Galerie, Amsterdam
• 1971 – Galleria La Lanterna, Trieste – Milan
• 1973 – Photographer’s Gallery, Londres
• 1974 – Galerie Nikon, Paris • Galerie Spectrum, Barcelona
• 1975 – Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam • Pentax Gallery, Tokyo • Galerie 5-6, Gand • Galerie Bernard Letu, Genêve
• 1976 – Galerie Canon, Genêve • Studio d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma • Galerie Loplop, Tokyo
• 1978 – FNAC Montparnasse, Paris
• 1980 – Galerie Aspects, Bruxelles • Hansen Gallery, New York ( USA) • Galerie Jade, Colmar
• 1982 – "Les Carnets d'Aryan", Galerie Créatis, Paris • Galerie Bijam Alam, Paris
• 1983 – Galerie Aspects, Bruxelles
• 1984 – Zeit Photo Salon, Tokyo
• 1987 – Galerie Interform, Japon
• 1989 – " Photographies 1969-1969 ", Espace Photographique, Paris Audiovisuel • " Rêve d’Egypte ", Centre Culturel Français, Le Caire & Alexandrie
• 1991 – " Les Immortelles ", Galerie Contrejour, Paris • " Kafka ou le Cercle de Prague " et " Le Château de Mucha à Prague ", Galerie Nationale, Prague • Bursary Léonard de Vinci: Institut Français de Prague ( Tchéquie )
• 1992 – " Baby Jane ", Galerie Turbulence, New York ( USA )
• 1992-1995 – Galerie De Zwarte Man, Bruxelles et Knocke-Le-Zoute
• 1993 – " Regards sur Tanger ", Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France • Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon
• 1994 – Photogalerie Bild, Aarau, Suisse
• 1995 – " Les rituels et le jours ", Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris
• 1996 – "Souvenirs des jours ", Galerie Nikon, Tokyo & Osaka ( Japon ) • Past Rays Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon ) • " In color ", Delta Mirage, Tokyo ( Japon )
• 1998 – Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon ) • " L'Or du Temps ", galerie de la Reine Margaux, Paris
• 2000 – " Les Femmes ", Galerie Accento, Etterbeek • Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon )
• 2001 – " Anges ", Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon ) • Galleria 70, Milan ( Italie ) • Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon )
• 2002 – Galleria 70, Milan, (Italie) • Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon )
• 2003 – MiArt, International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, Milan Galleria 70 • Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama ( Japon )
• 2004 – " Le Japon Interdit ", Arts Galerie Benchaieb, Paris
• 2005 – Eva-The Nymph Of Dream, Parco Museum of art and beyond, Tokyo ( Japon )
• 2006 – Galleria 70, Milão • Palais de Tokyo—Ultra Peau, Paris (France) • Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia di Brescia (Italy)
• 2007 – II Corpo Nudo, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea Ken Damy, Brescia (Italy) • Irina Ionesco et Christine Spengler, " Interlude Photo", Ynox Gallery Palais-Royal, Paris (France)
• Kowasa Gallery—L’Eternel Féminin, Barcelona (Spain)
• Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris (France)
• 2008 – Musée de l’Elysée, “Controverses: Une Histoire Juridique et Ethique de la Photographique,” Lausanne (Switzerland)
• 2009 – NU(E)S, Baudoin Lebon, Paris (France)
• 2009-2010 – “Collection de Gilles Deves”, Musée Tavet-Delacour, Pontoise (France)
• 2010 – Irina Ionesco, One Piece Contemporary Art, Roma (Italy) • Sogno svelato, Camera16 contemporary art, Milano (Italy) • Irina Ionesco, Galerie E.G.P, Paris (France)
• 2014 - "Irina IONESCO, son monde et la mode" Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon, France

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