Irene Kukota holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where she studied art and literature of Late Antique Syria and Byzantium. She acted as consultant for the documentary the Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence directed by the BAFTA award winning director David Rolfe while also teaching Russian and Russian philosophy at the University of Oxford. Growing increasingly interested in the art world, Irene completed her MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and until recently acted as a guest lecturer there. She also collaborated with the Royal Collection and the Kremlin Museums as researcher and translator on numerous occasions. She worked for 5 years as cataloguer, translator and consultant for the Icons and Works of Russian Art Departments at Christie’s before turning to art journalism. In 2012 she stepped in as a London- based representative for the Art Newspaper Russia and acted as a managing correspondent and representative, conference and events manager. She has also been active as radio journalist, regularly contributing to Russian Art and Culture media platform, and other publications in Russian and English.