Irina Petrakova was born in 1981 in Ust-Ilimsk, Siberia. She studied fine arts in Novosibirsk. In 2011 Petrakova graduated from the Institute for Problems of Contemporary art in Moscow. In 2014 she finished Anatoly Osmolovsky’s institute for contemporary art BAZA. She is also co-founder of “Krasny” exhibition space in central Moscow, which was nominated for Innovation Prize in 2015. In 2015 Petrakova took part in Zarya art residency in Vladivostok with her solo project “Gunpowder”.
The same year she followed sculpture classes of Nora Schultz at Salzburg Summer Academy. Petrakova participated in 9th Shanghai Biennial, Moscow International Biennial for the Young Art, in the group shows at the State Tretyakov gallery in Moscow, Museum of the city of Moscow.
“One can say that my artistic method is like throwing dice. You don’t know what number will fall out; I have a recognizable style, but the methods are different each time. Like a ninja, which is masked in foliage, then in stones; and you don’t know how he will deal a blow next time; my practice is the criticism of various institutions (religious, media, modern art institutions) through working with different media (sculpture, graphics, video, sound), their transformation".