Larissa Smagarinsky is a Russian born artist who obtained her masters degree in architectural and decorative sculpture in St. Petersburg before relocating to Australia in 1982. Working primarily in bronze, recurring themes in her work are love and the human body. Her works aim to distract the viewer from the painful narratives of our fast paced media and to invite her audience to relax for a moment within the tranquility of her forms. Smagarinsky is unique among sculptors in having been honoured by two solo exhibitions at the Sydney Opera House.
Smagarinsky has been commissioned to create fifteen public sculptures in Australia and eight overseas. She has presented eleven solo exhibitions and been featured as part of numerous group shows. She is represented internationally, in Russia, Switzerland, and the USA.