In 1994 she graduated from the Kazan Academy named after N.I. Feshin. The same year she moved to St. Petersburg, where she was an irregular student and attended art classes at the Institute of art, sculpture and architecture named after I.E. Repin. She has been a member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists since 2004, in the same year she becomes a member of the St. Petersburg Pastel Society. She works in different genres, different techniques (oil, pastel, water color), dedicates a lot of her time to plein-air painting.
The works of the artist are held in private collections and museums of Russia and abroad:
The State Museum Of History, Architecture And Art “Ostrov-Grad Sviyazhsk”;
The State Complex “The National Congress palace” (The Constantine palace);
The museum “Picturesque image of Russia” (Moscow);
Several private museums of Germany. Private collections of John Neumeier is among them (his collection dedicated to Nijinsky was exhibited in the Musee d’Orsay).
2007 – the artist’s personal exhibition held at the exhibition hall of the Union of Artists of Tatarstan became a cultural event of Kazan and was awarded a merit certificate by the Ministry of Culture of Republic Tatarstan.
The works of Larisa Akhmadeeva were exhibited at the pastel biennale in Poland, France, Russia on numerous occasions, were presented at international exhibitions in Finland, England, Italy.
The artist received numerous letters of appreciation from museums that hosted the “St. Petersburg pastel” exhibition. She was giving master classes during exhibitions. Pastel master class at the Mikhailovsky Castle on the opening day of the exhibition “Pastel of Russia of 18-22 centuries”. Special master class for city administration of St. Petersburg. For the International Art Festival dedicated to the anniversary year of Russia and France.
Biography is included in the Swiss biography encyclopedia "Who is Who" in Russia.
• For participation in the third international independent Biennale of graphic painting in St. Petersburg. 2006.
• From the Union of artists of the Republic of Tatarstan for the arrangement of the personal exhibition at the Exhibition halls of the Union of artists of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kazan. 2007.
• From the head of the administration of the Pushkin district of St. Petersburg for the participation in the exhibition dedicated to the 199th anniversary of the founding of the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo. 2010.
• For the participation in the exhibition “Ballet in fine art” dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov. 2011.
• From the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Bashkir state museum named after M.V. Nesterov for the participation in the exhibition: "Contemporary graphics of St. Petersburg". 2011.
• For the participation in the IV International exhibition: “The Collector". 2011.
• From the administration of the Kirov regional art museum named after V.M and A.M. Vasnetzov for self-fulfillment in the interregional project “St. Petersburg pastel” during which the exhibition took place. 2005.
• From the art museum of the Republic of Karelia for the participation in the exhibition “St. Petersburg pastel”. 2005.
• For the exhibition “St. Petersburg mood” at the “Creativity Union” Gallery and for the “Picturesque image of Russia” 2008.
• From the members of “Choreography” school #654. For the exhibition during the school celebration of the “Farewell bell day”. 2008.
• From the department of culture of the administration of Sterlitamak town of the Republic of Bashkortostan for the participation in the exhibition: "Contemporary graphics of St. Petersburg". 2011.
• From the association Italy-Russia of the Center of culture named after A.S. Pushkin – Terracina Italy for the arrangement of the exhibition at the Blanchard museum hall of Terracina as part of the “Year of culture Russia-Italy. 2011”.
• From the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Tatarstan in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. And from the National house of culture “Luch” for the exhibition: " The heritage of the poet", dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the poet G. Tuqay. St. Petersburg.
• For the participation in the exhibition: "To the glory of the fleet" dedicated to the Navy day in Kronshtadt. From the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Tatarstan in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region and the Kronshtadt palace of youth “Bastion”. 2016.
• For the participation in the exhibition: "To the glory of the fleet" dedicated to the Navy day in Kronshtadt from the head of the municipal unit of Kronshtadt. 2016.
Certificate of the young artist contest: "Orientiry". The triptych “Philarmonia” reached the final “The world within walls". 2007.
2003 "Annual exhibition" St. Petersburg 2002 – Manege, St. Petersburg, Catalogue. 2003,2005 "1st, 2nd Pastel Biennale". Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. 2003 "St. Petersburg 2003". Association “Russian artists in Paris”, Paris. 2003 "Christmas exhibitions". Association “Academy Moscow – Normandy” in the towns of Port-Bail, Schonberg (France). 2004 “Summer etude” St. Petersburg. Prize winner of the contest in the nomination “The image of the Summer garden” 2004,2005, 2006 "From avant-garde to present days". Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg, catalogue. 2004 "Spring of 2004". Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. 2004, 2006 "2nd, 3rd International Independent Graphics Biennale". Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. Catalogue. 2004, 2005 "St. Petersburg Pastel". The house-museum of Benoit family, Peterhof. Catalogue. 2004,2006 "2nd, 3rd International Pastel Biennale "Nowy Sazh 2004, 2006". Poland, Nowy Sazh. 2004,2006, 2007 "International exhibitions of the St. Petersburg Pastel Society". Samara, Izhevsk, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Khanty-Mansiisk, Helsinki, Forssa. 2004,2005, 2006 "The Art fair" arranged by the Tretyakov gallery. St. Petersburg. Leneõpo. 2005 "Illuminous Kazan". St. Petersburg. Catalogue. 2006 “Artists to poets”.First exhibition of the artists of the Tatar national cultural autonomy of St. Petersburg. Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. Catalogue. 2006 "Magic worlds". Tatar national cultural autonomy of St. Petersburg (artist section), “National center” Gallery, St. Petersburg. 2006 "Spring exhibition". Central house of the artist, Moscow. 2006 "Autumn 2006". Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. Catalogue. 2007 "St. Petersburg 2006". Exhibition center of the union of artists "Manege", St. Petersburg. 2007 “Youth exhibition”. Central house of the artist, Moscow. 2007 "Autumn exhibition". Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. 2007 "Art du Pastel en France". France 2008 "75th anniversary of the Union [of artists]" (Jubilee), Manege St. Petersburg. Catalogue. 2010 "International Art Festival dedicated to the anniversary year of Russia and France. (IAF Spring 2010)". Manege of Cadet Corps St. Petersburg. 2010 "Exhibition of the graphic artists". Nesterov Museum, Ufa. 2010 "The league of ours is beautiful, my friends." With the support of the Administration of the Pushkin district of St. Petersburg. Exhibition catalogue dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tsarskoye Selo 2010 "Autumn anniversary exhibition" dedicated to the 190th anniversary of the founding of the “Artist Encouragement Society” Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. Catalogue. 2011 "Ballet in fine art". Exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Foyer of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov. Award. 2014 "Exhibition dedicated to the day of lifting the siege". Exhibition hall of the Central library of Moskovskiy district. St. Petersburg. 2015 "ArtExpoSPB 2015". Lenexpo. St. Petersburg. 2016 "The heritage of the poet", dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the poet G. Tuqay. National house of culture “Luch” St. Petersburg. 2016 "To the glory of the Russian fleet". Kronshtadt. Palace of youth “Bastion”. 2017 "85th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists". Central exhibition hall Manege. St. Petersburg. 2001 "Landscape paintings". Belosselsky Belozersky Palace, St. Petersburg. 2002 "Easter exhibition". "Nevograph" Gallery, St. Petersburg. 2004 "Ballet. Cityscape”. Gallery of the Russian contemporary independent art fund “Mikhaylov Gallery”, St. Petersburg. 2005 "Youth spring". "National center" Gallery, St. Petersburg. 2005 "Painting and graphics". "Heritage Gallery", St. Petersburg. 2006 "Art in art". “Blue living room” Gallery, Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. 2007 "Mood". Exhibition hall of Moskovskiy district of St. Petersburg. 2007 "St. Petersburg mood". - Exhibition center of the union of artists of Kazan (noted by the Ministry of Culture as a cultural even). 2008 "Behind the scenes". Business center “Bourgeois”, St. Petersburg. 2008 "Christmas exhibition", Russian-Italian Fund, St. Petersburg. 2008 "Ballet" of pastel dedicated to the school celebration “Farewell bell day” in Choreography school. St. Petersburg. 2009 "From St. Petersburg to Hamburg Theatrical world of Ballet" Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg. 2009 "10 years of theater life". Scientific-research Museum of the Russian Academy of arts “Apartment of I.I.Brodsky” 2010 "The city of theater". "Nevsky 20" the art and music center. 2010 "The world of ballet". The St. Petersburg State Conservatory. 2010 "The world of ballet". Foyer of the St. Petersburg "Youth Theater". The exhibition is dedicated to the Festival of French dancing "France Danse" and the year of France and Russia. 2011 "Exhibition" at The Exhibition center of the union of artists, St. Petersburg (personal catalogue). 2011 "The Collector Exhibition-fair ". Exhibition hall Manege St. Petersburg (Catalogue). 2011 "Ballet in pastel". Municipal Square. Blanchard hall. Museum. Terracina. Italy. 2012 "The port cities – Terracina, Naples, Hamburg, St. Petersburg". "Moyka embankment 36" St. Petersburg. 2014 "Exhibition of Larisa Akhmadeeva". Paintings, pastel. Gallery "Hopeinen Sivellin", Helsinki 2014 "Exhibition of theatrical pastel sketches" dedicated to the Day of Theater. St. Petersburg. Foyer of “The Fruits of Enlightenment” theater. 2014 "Plein-air of Larisa Akhmadeeva". Scientific-research Museum of the Russian Academy of arts “Apartment of I.I.Brodsky” 2016 "New exposition". “Perinnyye Ryady” art center, St. Petersburg 2016 "Spring-Summer". “Perinnyye Ryady” art center, St. Petersburg 2017 "Exhibition of pastel" at IMISP school. St. Petersburg. 2017 “Soul melody”. The State Complex “The National Congress palace” (The Constantine palace)St. Petersburg(personal catalogue).
Local personal space dominates Larisa Akhmadeeva’s works . Her pictures can be defined as pictures-states and pictures-deliberations. They seem to be brought about by some flare of emotions Larisa has passed through, by a very intimate experience that makes her share her personal impressions and philosophical views. She demonstrates a theater of fates, characters, psychological attitudes, and responds to life’s calamities. Scenario of her composition is her compressed outlook, each episode challenging existing life conditions ideologically. Such deep artistic conceptuality receives its shining expression in her composition-signs. In the picture Towards the Warmth, a girl from the zone of warmth and light that represents hope and circumambient universal love saves a girl stuck in the zone of alienation and coldness. The image of this longhaired girl often appears in Larisa’s pictures. This girl is a collective character whose typical features remind one of the author’s personality. Thus, Larisa seems to emphasize her own presence and participation in all her pictures-fables: from the light image of a juvenile in the series Adults' games: "A vicious circle", to the formed personality possessing her own impressions of the world in Everything Gone to Smash. Larisa has never concealed her fondness for impressionism that forms the stylistic model of her artistic system. However, her art does not strictly follow the rules of impressionistic composition and coloring. The artist modernizes some features of this style, being inspired by the plastics of color counterpoints, airy perspective and its lightfulness. Impressionist motives sound especially coherent in her landscapes that bear Monet’s lightness and transparency as well as his sunny palette. Combinations of blue, pink, and green colors, primarily used by Larisa, render the image of dreamy and romantic St. Petersburg. It lacks a tragic Dostoyevskian break but is marked with Pushkin’s energy and exhilaration, Blok’s pensiveness and mystique, Tsvetayeva’s softness and loneliness, and Brodsky’s deepness and sensationism. In her multicharacter compositions, Larisa uses another stylistic method to intensify the expression of her images. It is obviously bound to the inventions of postimpressionism with its cubic forms. By alternating zigzags and contrasting dark and light tones she renders tension and dramatics to her pictures (consider, for example, her All in Red). A thinking and continuously experimenting master, Larisa is clearly fascinated with the subject of dance, should it be professional ballet or social dancing in cafes and clubs. Dance seems to be the best means to show the plastic expression of a fixed moment in mood’s and emotion’s development. Dance is perfect to express human emotions and inner beauty through gestures and postures. In her works, Larisa repeatedly tries to seize transient moments by fixing the dramatics of the ongoing chain of events. Her works clearly show a solid artistic conception behind them. Larisa Akhmadeeva is a master who can skillfully utilize stylistic patterns of world’s best artistic movements.
Elena Karabutova, art critic. Translated from the Russian by Peter and Olga Serebryany.