Russian born Irina Koukhanova was educated at the Moscow Institute of Art and Industrial Design (Stroganovskoe), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MA and the University of Notre Dame IN. In the past ten years, Koukhanova has participated in numerous exhibitions both national and international. In 2010, she had a solo exhibition “Stahlhartes Gehäuse”, at DKO Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland, and was subsequently offered gallery representation. In 2013, she was awarded Best of Show in BoxHeart Gallery's "Art Inter/National" exhibition and her solo exhibition "Panoptic Landscape" was on exhibit in 2014 at the gallery. In 2015, Koukhanova's artwork was featured in the "ND Artists, Sculptors, Professors” exhibition at the Snite Museum of Art and the Sound Bend Museum of Art. Koukhanova has three completed public art commissions in which she dealt with all aspects of large-scale project proposal and fabrication. The highlight of her temporary large scale outdoor work was included in Navy Pier Walk, Chicago, juried by David Pagel, where she exhibited a 16' high sculpture fabricated out of steel and marine vinyl. She has participated in and won awards at national juried group exhibitions at Boston Sculptors Gallery, MA, Owensboro Museum of Art, KY, Marlboro Gallery, MD, Indianapolis Art Center, IN among others. Koukhanova has received full scholarship residencies at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico (both sponsored by Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants), and Vermont Studio Center. She is a Creative Workforce Fellow 2016. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. She is currently the head of the sculpture program at Cleveland State University, and has been teaching in that capacity since 1999.
Irina Koukhanova's devotion to using a wide range of materials emphasizing their inherited symbolism was developed into a body of work bridging the gap between installation art and object making. In recent years, Koukhanova has added a fourth dimension to her sculptural work by expanding into two-dimensional work through printing techniques and drawing.