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Artist Iliya Mirochnik Bringing Russian Roots to DMC with Lecture “A Less Flat Earth" as Part of Cultural Programs Series

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

As a painter, Iliya Mirochnik aims to connect Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities to create images that go beyond their origins. The figurative painter and more recently-turned abstract sculptor immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with his family.

Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Mirochnik trained in the arts in the Russian academic tradition starting at a young age. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, a school with a 250-year tradition of academic figurative art located in St. Petersburg, Russia.

On Monday, Nov. 13, the artist will present a lecture titled “A Less Flat Earth” as part of the Del Mar College (DMC) Cultural Program Series in conjunction with DMC Art Partners.

The free lecture begins at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performance Hall located on the College’s East Campus at Ayers and Kosar. For more information, contact the DMC Art Office at 698-1216.

Mirochnik has exhibited across the United States––including California, Georgia, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York––as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. His other credits include earning several prestigious scholarships and awards, including First Place in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition.

Currently, Mirochnik resides in Brooklyn, NY, and serves as an instructor with the NYC Drawing Room and Bridgeview School of Fine Art, He is also a residency instructor with the Dacia Gallery in Sibiu, Romania.

To learn more about the artist and to view his work, visit

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