Sergey Lavrov’s daughter: "Not many people helped me throughout my life"
Sergey Lavrov’s daughter Ekaterina Vinokurova told a Marie Claire journalist that she has been living, working, and raising children in Russia for about 10 years now. She works at the Smart Art Company that is promoting paintings of several Russian artists. She said that “not many people helped her throughout her life.”
“I have never concealed who my father is. However, I almost never speak about it. Everyone who knows me is aware of the fact that not many people helped me throughout my life. There is no doubt my education is the most helpful thing I have ever gotten,” she said. She was taught to only depend on herself and achieve set goals on her own, Vinokurova said.
The diplomat’s daughter lived in the USA for 17 years while her father served as the Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. Vinokurova studied at the Columbia University Department of Political Science. She then studied for 1 more year at the London School of Economics. Vinokurova returned to Russia at the age of 23. She worked at the Office of Public Affairs of an oil-and-gas company for the 1st year. Then, Vinokurova worked at the Moscow branch of the Haunch of Venison London Art Gallery for 3 years. After that, she worked at the Christie’s Russian branch for 6 years. There, she came up through the ranks to become a director and is an honorary chair now.
At the time being, her company Smart Art is an intermediary between artists and collectors, Vinokurova said. The project’s goal is to make underappreciated modern artists more recognizable. Educational programs are one of the means of achieving it. The company is currently working with 9 artists: Sergey Sapozhnikov, Aleksandr Paperno Aleksey Buldakov, Anastasiya Potemkina, Aleksandr Povzner, Daria Irencheeva, Aleksandra Galkina, Svetlana Shuvaeva, and Arseny Zhilyaev. “We explain to collectors why certain works of art are valuable. We also educate them about pricing and help with purchasing. Here there are about 15-20 good art galleries selling young artists’ works in Moscow. However, we need more collects if we want the number of young artists to grow. Our goal is to help the contemporary art market develop through young artists popularization,” Vinokurova explained.
While the project’s financial success is important to her, Vinokurova’s main goal is for works of the artists she is promoting to “become an honorable part of collections displayed in museums, large funds, and important collectors’ houses” in 10-15 years.