Irina Pushkareva was born in Kurgan, Russia, and was trained in traditional ways of painting and drawing in Arkhangelsk Art Academy in Moscow. Since graduating from Parsons, The New School with BFA in Fine Art in 2018, she has been creating and showing her artwork. In her work, Irina Pushkareva explores the spiritual relation between humans and animals. She takes myths and legends of indigenous people as the starting points for her research, for she believes that it was the way our ancestors saved their knowledge for future generations. Currently, her research centers around lion symbolism, and history of indigenous people on the African continent. Pushkareva realized that in school and in the university they never teach us about the history and the belief systems of the nations “below Egypt.” Over time, her works became an archive of information that the majority of us in Western society, including herself, are deprived of. Currently, Irina Pushkareva lives and works in Boca Raton, Florida.