It all started
in the little town of Lugansk in Ukraine, 1969. An early starter,
Mr. Garmash began painting at the age of three. After
graduating, valedictorian from the Lugansk State Fine Art College
in 1987, Mr. Garmash began teaching there the following year.
From 1989 to 1991, he served in the army (when he met his wife
and partner, Inessa) and in 1992 began studying at the St. Petersburg
Academy of Art. Prior to graduating at the top of his prestigious
school’s class, Mr. Garmash exhibited in France at galleries
in cities such as Paris, St. Etienne, Avignon, Lion and Marcel.
Ms. Garmash, born Inessa Kitaichik
in 1972 Lipetsk, Russia, has excelled in the arts since early
childhood. She entered the Lugansk Fine Art School at age fifteen.
At seventeen she was accepted as that year's best undergraduate
to the Lugansk State Fine Art School.
Today, Mr. and Mrs. Garmash are
considered two of the finest Romantic Impressionists of our
day. Their incredible talent is only matched by their love and
career stories. 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 Garmashs 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 every since.