Irena Gendelman was born in the region of Crimea in what is now the Ukraine. Ever since she was a child, she was inspired by the cityscapes of the region as well as the natural beauty of the nearby Caucasian Mountains and the surrounding Black Sea. Gendelman gained a passion for art when very young and this fueled her desire to develop her skills throughout school and later on in university. She then traveled to numerous cities in both Europe and the Middle East, letting her artistic style evolve. She eventually settled down in Israel, where she has remained to this day.
After moving to Israel, Gendelman was inspired by the spirituality that was found within the streets, walls, and gates of Jerusalem. She puts her heart and soul into all of her paintings and can see the very essence of what makes a city unique and capture it on a canvas.