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Inessa Kalabekova

Born: 1974

Hometown: Singapore

Based in: Singapore

The artist was born in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, part of the former USSR. She studied not only visual art, but also music, dance, and architecture academically. This varied and diverse education provided her with a synesthetic understanding, developing her capacity to translate music into visuals and movement, as all these forms of expressions are animated, in her view, by the same energy source. Inessa has called Singapore home for the last 18 years.

At the time the educational model in Kazakhstan was the Russian one, with a big stress on technique, versus concept. The artist had the chance to focus on the conceptual aspect of her practice at a later time, when she enrolled in the prestigious art college Central Saint Martins in London. This opened up the artist to a variety of expressive possibilities. She complemented her artistic studies in Oxford, where she learned about the nitty-gritty of building herself as an artist within the art system.


Inessa Kalabekova In The Studio

I paint the delight of a frosty day when you fall out to your home all icy and straight to the warm place.I paint a forest and secrets under every rock. Hospital for ants in grandma ‘s house. Orchard garden with small apples. And what a happiness it is to open a jar of preserve sugared apples and put a whole apple in your mouth.

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More About Inessa Kalabekova

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Natura, kids, music, friends, museum art.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

How do I create paintings? First, I create the background, it is how I create the mood of the painting. Next, I turn to my sketch book, where I experiment and collect sketches, themes, ideas, patterns, quotes, life drawings, etc. It leads to creating a story that inspired the painting. I do have a plan when I start, however I know that my initial plan will be changed completely later. Painting evolves while I am working on it. Many of my painting are inspired by the time I spend with my daughters.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Whimsical, magical, poetic.

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Marc Chagall, Sargent, Rembrandt, Fechin, Carel Fabritius.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

Lot of paper.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

From my teacher Ewa Gargulinska : "Never afraid to start over"

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Natura, Museums, wet Market.

Collections Featuring Inessa Kalabekova

7 Collections

The Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon

36 Artists, 39 Products

Last updated: February 8, 2024

Unique Art Pieces for the Holiday Season

Unique Art Pieces for the Holiday Season

72 Artists, 94 Products

Last updated: December 21, 2023

Art for the Year of the Rabbit

Art for the Year of the Rabbit

46 Artists, 51 Products

Last updated: March 1, 2023

Articles Featuring Inessa Kalabekova

1 Article



Russian Academy of Arts (Repin Art Academy)

Russia, 2014

The Ruskin School of Oxford University

United Kingdom, 2013

Central St. Martin's College of University of Arts London

United Kingdom, 2009


Special Mention Award, Art Vue Foundation, 2022


Honorable Mention, Palm Art Award, Germany, 2022


International Art Competition "Waters", Art Room Gallery


Finalists of Prisma Art Prize international. Rome, Italy


Additional Winner, "ALL Water/Seascape", Art Gallery Online


"Blue color in paintings" St. Petersburg. Russia


St. Petersburg Russian Art Week



Nature of Art", Botanic Gardens

Singapore, 2022

ArtWord" Group Exhibition

Singapore, 2022

8th International Art Festival

South Korea, 2022

Art Connects Women”, group exhibition

United Arab Emirates, 2022


Singapore, 2022

Singapore 56th National Day Group Show

Singapore, 2021

Slow Art

Singapore, 2020


Singapore, 2019

Marathon Of Arts

Russia, 2019

Let Me Take You to Where the Magic Happens

Singapore, 2018

Golden touch: Birth of the Painting

Singapore, 2016

Tea party

Singapore, 2016


Singapore, 2016

Portraits Extraordinaire

Singapore, 2015


Singapore, 2015

Creative Singapore

Singapore, 2013

How do I love you? Let me count the ways

Singapore, 2013


Singapore, 2013

Alice In Wonderland, the way I see it

Singapore, 2011

Under Seven Veils: Dance of Art

China, 2011

Seven Colors of Laughter: positive art

United Kingdom, 2010