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M & I Garmash


M & I Garmash - Michael's and Inessa's techniques, their warm and exciting colors and the subtle romantic, but simple approach to their subjects, are the reasons why their original impressionistic style paintings as well as their hand-embellished limited editions, are sought-after by collectors throughout the art world. Read More

Michael and Inessa Garmash are a husband and wife team. Both work on the same piece, which is extraordinarily unique in the art industry. Together they create a classic impressionism that remains both beautiful and timeless.

Today, Mr. and Mrs. Garmash are considered two of the finest Romantic Impressionists of our day. Their incredible talent is only matched by the stories of their love and career. In similar fashion to the determination of his artwork, Mr. Garmash courted his future wife, after seeing her for but a moment, by painting her image all over her hometown while she slept. She immediately recognized the passion with which this man cared so dearly and married him shortly thereafter.

The Garmashes began their artistic collaboration in much the same way. Several years after their marriage, Mr. Garmash began a painting of their two-year old daughter, Polina, for a project at school. However, Polina found the painting during her father’s absence and decided to embark upon her own artistic career. Ms. Garmash, after seeing what her daughter had done and not wanting her husband to be upset, fixed the painting using her own training, packed it up and gave it to him for submission. Mr. Garmash submitted the painting for review and was praised for completing his best work ever. He was surprised to see the "new" painting and immediately recognized his wife's hand. They have painted together ever since.

Their story is truly one of out of a fairy tail. During his stint in the army, Michael returned to his former school on a two-week vacation. The last day of his visit he met Inessa at a bus station; the next day Michael didn't return to his division. Inessa woke that day to her image painted all around the city surrounding her house, on the road, on the walls of buildings and the walls of her apartment staircase. Michael had spent the night painting; he was arrested first by the city police, then handed over to the army MP's, but he was not punished. (Even military personnel can sympathize with true love!) One year later, Michael and Inessa returned to the same bus station. Michael hung a bouquet of flowers on the station sign to commemorate the place where they met; the beginning of their "at-first-glance" love story.

Since then, Michael and Inessa have worked together creating paintings, stained-glass windows, mosaics and drawings of beaches, children and music. They have exhibited in Sweden, France, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium and Finland. Their art can be found in select fine art galleries throughout the United States and Europe. They continue working with their daughter Polina as a model and occasionally include themselves in their compositions.

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