Elena Chernykh is a Russian figurative painting, who dedicated her work to exploring the symbolism of modern life. The artist herself defines her style as symbolic realism. Her work often contains images of contemporary life, but Chernykh seems to see through things. The allegories hidden in her works are full of humour and irony – yet the artist speaks out about complicated and disturbing phenomena of modern society. Humanity has come to the point where the high technologies have taken over the life, but on the other hand they caused alienation and loss of communication between people. Chernykh makes us rethink social values. She ironically emphasizes the striking contrast between centuries and cultures – the guardian angels try to “wake” the youngsters stuck in their devices, Juliet talks to Romeo, who just painted a graffiti on her wall. Her painting is full of postmodern references to different ages – often with nostalgic feeling – but never pessimistic. The artist rather makes us aware of ourselves, she tries to prove, that art is in fact a sacred mirror, where everyone should see something greater than just physical appearance of reality. Chernykh’s allegorical paintings are also great examples of well-done realistic art – her brush contributes to the realist tradition of past two centuries by giving it a new, contemporary meaning.
Elena was born in 1984 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in a family of artists. Member of the International Union of Artists since 2012. Works are in private collections in Russia and abroad. She won several awards: Diploma e in the political action “Favourite City”, Rostov-on-Don (Russia) in 2002; Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts for academic excellence, Moscow (Russia) in 2007; third prize of the exhibition-contest dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Russian Railways, Saint-Petersburg (Russia) in 2012.
Diploma of the first degree in the political action “Favourite City”, Rostov-on-Don (Russia)
Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts for academic excellence, Moscow (Russia)
Third prize winner of the exhibition-contest dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Russian Railways, Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Graduate of the M. B. Grekov Art School in Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Graduate of the V. I. Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute
Participant of the Cultural Olympics “Artists About the Importance Of Clean Water”, Sochi (Russia)
“Heirs To The Great Masters”, Zurab Tseretelli’s Art Gallery, Moscow (Russia)
Solo exhibition in Moscow (Russia)
Solo exhibition in Hangzhou (China)
Exhibition in Charbin (China)
The exhibition in London (UK)
Solo exhibition in Rostov-on-Don (Russia)
Exhibition in Dortmund, Dusseldorf (Germany)