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Antonina (Tonya) Zenin Biography


Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society
Member of Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters and California Art Club.  Founder of California Plein Air Painters.

Artist's Biography:

A contemporary landscape artist, Tonya Zenin grew up on the largest island at the far eastern end of Russia; the island of Sakhalin. Her father was a sailor, leading cargo ships on trade routes around the world. Sometime he would take the family on sea trips to the mainland. These unforgettable adventures, and the experience of being out or near the sea, shaped Tonya’s love for this subject matter.
Tonya’s artistic training began at age 6 and she has been drawing and painting ever since. By age 10, she was honored to be selected for the highly competitive Children's Art school in Khabarovsk and began her training in the studio of noted instructors and artists.
In 1996, Tonya moved to Northern California. The coast and the sea is what made her feel at home. She fell in love with the land, and her imagination was captured by the scenic Monterey and Carmel coastline. She often goes to paint that area, where so many great artists found inspiration: Franz Bishoff (1864-1929) and William Ritschel (1864-1949) among others. Her work has been greatly influenced by these early California artists, and helped her develop her sense of color that collectors often comment on when looking at her paintings.
Although the majority of Tonya’s painting is done on location, Alla Prima, where the accent is on the observation of nature and its great principles, Tonya also enjoys painting in her studio. There she creates her larger paintings from outdoor field sketches, giving her an opportunity to develop a body of work nourished by her imagination.

Selective Exhibits – Past and Present:

• “Bay Area Parks” show by California Art Club - June, 2019, Jurors Award
•  California Art Club Gold Medal Show, Pasadena - March, 2019
• “Point Lobos and Beyond” show by the California Art Club, Carmel, Oct.-Nov,. 2018
• American Impressionist Society Juried National Show, Oct. 2018 - Award of Excellence
• Carmel Art Festival, CA, May 2018 - Honorable Mention
• American Impressionist Society Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oct. 2017
• Carmel Art Festival, CA - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
• Northern California Impressionism” Exhibition, Burlingame, CA - Oct. 2016 - Jan. 2017
• American Impressionist Society Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oct. 2016 - Merrit Award
* Oil Painters of America, Western Region National Juried Exhibition - July, 2015
• LPAPA 11th Annual Best of Plein Air show - May, 2015
• American Impressionist Society Annual National Juried Exhibition - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Los Gatos Art Festival, CA - 2011, 2013, 2014
• Solo Exhibition at Michael Seewald Gallery, Del Mar, CA - January, 2014
• Salon International 2012, San Antonio, TX - April 14 - May 4, 2012
• Randy Higbee 6x6 Show, Costa Mesa, CA - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
• California Heritage, Jose Vera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Oct. 2012
• Salon International 2012, San Antonio, TX - April 14 - May 4, 2012
• Triton Museum Statewide Competition and Art Show, Santa Clara, CA - Dec. 2011
• 2008 Northwest Plein Air Juried Exhibit, Oregon - July 2008
• Los Gatos Museaum Annual Juried Show, Los Gatos, CA - Apr. 2008 - Honorable Mention
• Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA - Jan. 2008