Irene Malvezi was born in Jundiaí, São Paulo Brazil in 1969. Her first career was in chemistry. She worked for eight years as a technician in various companies as a quality controller.
In 1994 she travelled to England, the first time she had left her country, to study the language on a one-month course. This one month turned into what is now, over twenty two years!
She realised that as well as developing her English language skill, her new home also enabled her to study art. As a child she had been gifted, but because of the cost and also the lack of work opportunities in Brazil, she could not develop her artistic skills there.
In 1997 at Northbrook College, Worthing in West Sussex, Irene completed her BTEC/National Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration, passing with a distinction plus. Because of enthusiasm and dedicated hard work, the course Head Teacher encouraged her to continue her studies. She went on to the Surrey Institute of Art and Design where, in 2000, she completed her degree in Graphic Design. During this time there were opportunities on a student exchange scheme and Irene went to Saint Lucas University in Boxtel, Netherlands, Lahti Polytechnic in Finland, and St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Art in Russia. Here, the visiting students experienced many extremes, from the temperatures of -50°C, to the state of the art studios in Finland. Irene had the opportunity to learn animation, photography and sound technology.
Three months after her graduation Irene took a full time post at Imperio Design Ltd in London. This new company consisted of her and the director Tom Davies. In time the company grew and became TD Tom Davies LTD, focusing on bespoke optical glasses. Alongside developing the company's corporate identity, Irene worked for a variety of clients. Developing her skills to include; design management, creative origination from concept to completion, logo design, branding, website design, illustration and marketing, including in-store graphics, magazine adverts, brochures and packaging design.
In 2004 Irene’s next job was for Inline Ltd, designing promotional materials for sports eyewear. The main brand was BLOC. Here she developed her photography skills, producing all the product images for catalogues and websites. Taking the photos herself and adjusting them in Photoshop to produce the final image. Working with other professionals she directed photo shoots for fashion and sports shots, finding the models she needed through agencies.
In 2007 Veritas Gifts Ltd director Mark Platt, started his luxury corporate gifts company. He knew Irene’s work through her previous companies and invited her to join Veritas as a Senior Designer. As well as creating and maintaining Veritas’ corporate identity, Irene worked on product visualisation and presentations to new clients. Veritas constantly created new, beautiful corporate gifts for their collections. These had to be photographed and certain products, for example those pieces made of silver, were a challenge to capture. In 2013, Irene completed a Diploma in Photography at the University of Hertfordshire School of Creative Arts.
The Royal Collection Trust, were one of Veritas’ clients. Their retail manager saw Irene’s product images online, and approached her to take the photos for their products. She agreed, and worked for them for six years, photographing most of the Royal Collection Trust products, including Her Majesty’s china collections.
In August 2015 Irene left Veritas Gifts Ltd to become a Freelance Designer. That year she also decided to go back to University. Her wish to use her art skills for the benefit of others, has steered her into embracing a new carrier, as an Art Psychotherapist.
She is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University, London.