Elena Chestnykh "Lilac Mist"
Elena Chestnykh "Lilac Mist" 2021
Painting: Ink and Watercolor, Framed
Dimensions: Unframed 46 in x 32 in, Framed 47 in x 33 in
Signed on Verso, includes a certificate of authenticity.
Elena Chestnykh was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, and now lives and works in New York City. Her work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg, the Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, the Russian state museums of Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Kemerovo, and NordArt in Büdelsdorf, Germany. In 2013, Chestnykh’s “Urban Reflections” series was exhibited at New York’s Erarta gallery, becoming Chestnykh’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Her work has since been featured at The Untitled Space, SFA Projects, The Royal, Trenton Artwork Center, and in a selected group exhibition at the School of Visual Art in Chelsea, NYC.
“I create oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptural objects that focus on themes of gender, body, and the self. My work is about a woman’s experience within her body and physicality, whether erotic, abusive, or metaphorical. I approach the body as a site of waste, abuse, and trauma, as well as a source of vitality, desire, and pleasure. While referencing significant cultural, political, and historical contexts, my artwork expresses the complexity of a woman's experience in seeking and positioning herself in a new environment.”
Learn more about her work on our website.