Elena Zolotnitsky

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Art transforms us not with what it contains, but with what it creates in us - the constellation of interpretation, revelations, and emotional truths illuminated.

 

Biography


Art transforms us not with what it contains, but with what it creates in us - the constellation of interpretation, revelations, and emotional truths illuminated. When I was 6 or 7 years old growing up in Moscow, some 30 years before the experience made its way into the consciousness of my journey, I liked to "play secrets". I grew up as the only child and I had to occupy myself somehow during long summer days in the city. That game was as good as any because I could easily do it on my own. It involved wrappers for chocolates. The ones that you've managed to consume of course! The better chocolates - the more intricate the rappers were. The best were the ones with the picture in the middle < it could even be a tiny replica of some famous Russian masterpiece from the Tretyakov Gallery> and the silver lining. After spending hours on folding them still smelling of chocolate, just right, completed with the silver design of the lining leaf, you had to hunt for another necessary element of a "secret". That would be a piece of glass. The beer bottled ones, amber in color were the most magical. Then you had to bury the folded rapper with the glass on top in the shallow grave of the playground's dirt. That was a "secret". The magic happened when the young "artist", on all fours and with her nose close to the ground, started to push the dirt away with her single finger in a slow little circular motion, clearing the tiny window of colored glass.... What a transformation! In the first shock of discovery it takes you a while to comprehend what you were actually seeing.....Then it sinks in: a mystery of familiar....And the feeling! Of wonder, of revelation. I think that all my life I am chasing that feeling - the mystery to be discovered. That instantaneous shift of reality, the recognition of magic.

 

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

 

3rd Place Winner Members Only Competition, Still-life Category; Portrait Society Of America, 2014

Full Fellowship Residency Award from Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, February 2013

Visual Aid's Jerome Caja Terrible Beauty Award, San Francisco, CA, September 2008

Award of Excellence, Cash Prize at Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, WI, 2007

Best in the Show, Cash Prize at Loyola National Works on Paper, Chicago, IL, 2007

Award of Excellence: 46th Communication Arts Annual Illustration Exhibition, CA, 2005

Full Fellowship Residency Award from Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, Spring 2005

Best in the Show "Dimensions 2005", 40th National Exhibition, Winston-Salem, NC, 2005

Award of Excellence: SDAI 48th International Exhibition, San Diego, CA, 2004

Full Fellowship Residency Award from Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, February 2003

Grant from the Paul Beckett Foundation, Denmark / Spain, July 1997

Award of Distinction "Painting Composition", Rockport Publishers, 1997

Award of Distinction "The Best of Watercolor II", Rockport Publishers , 1997

Gold Medal: Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 1993

Merit Award 36th Annual Illustration Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, NY, 1993

Merit Award 27th Annual Illustration Exhibition, Society of Publication Design, NY, 1993

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

American Art Collector Feature, May 2017

Fine Art Connoisseur, Spring 2016

Studio Visit Magazine, Spring 2015

American Art Collector, October 2015

ATLANTAN / Modern Luxury, February 2015

Milieu Magazine, February 2015

The Art Of The Portrait, Journal of the Portrait Society of America, 2014

The Studio Work Blog \\ Studio Visit, interview with Elise Morris, November 2013

The Ritz - Carlton Magazine, October 2013

Architectural Digest, July 2013

Cover Artist Art Galleries & Artists of The South, Spring 2012

Cover Artist Lilith Magazine, Fall 2012

Lilith Magazine, Summer 2012

Art & Antiques, May 2012

American Art Collector, May 2011

Cover Artist Southwest Art Magazine "Art Of The Figure", January 2011

Bay Area Art Quake, January 2009

Etnosfera Magazine: "Elena Zolotnitsky - Creativity Is A Personal Affair",Moscow, Russia, December 2009

7x7 San Francisco Magazine: "Watch This Space", November 2008

46th Annual Communication Arts, 2005

Cover Artist Green Mountain Review: Cover, 2004

Baltimore Magazine "A Selection of Contemporary Russian Artwork", February 2003

Cover Artist "Parthenopi" by Michael Waters, BOA Editions Limited, 2001

Cover Artist NY Times Book Review, February 2000

Cover Artist "Dusty Angel" by Michael Blumenthal, BOA Editions Limited, 1999

Intelligencer Journal Lancaster Museum of Art Feature, March 1998

36th Annual, Society of Illustrators, NY, 1993

27th Annual, Society of Publication Design, NY, 1993

Frederick Gazette "Six Very Good Reasons To See "Made in the USA", 1996

The Artist's Magazine: "Rising Watercolor Stars", October 1995

The Baltimore Sun Feature, March 1993

The Columbia Flyer Feature, December 1992

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

“Big Show of Small Works” Group Show Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA, Winter 2017/2018

Solo "R E V E R I E" Sticks Picture Framing & Art, Berkeley, CA, Spring 2017

Solo "Full Circle" The Club Gallery, Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA, Summer 2017

Four Artists Show "Fragmented" Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA, 2016

Two Artists Show Pryor Fine Art Atlanta, GA, Spring 2015

Art Silicon Valley, Art Fair San Mateo, CA, Spring 2015

Two Artists Show "Emotive" Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA, Winter 2014   

"Urbana", Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA, 2014

Three Artist Show SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Winter 2014

"Seen" Visual Aid presents MONCA, San Francisco, CA, Winter 2012

Three Artists Show Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2012

"Sin & Redemption" SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Summer 2012

"Berkeley Civic Center" in conjunction with KALA, Berkeley, CA, Spring/Summer 2012

Solo "Scapes" Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Winter 2012

"Introductions 2012 CA Realists" ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Winter 2012

"Introductions" Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, Fall 2012

"Painting Only" Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, Summer 2012

"Introductions" Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2011

Three Artists Show "Cimmerian Muse: Exploring The Gestures Of The Mind" Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco CA, Winter 2010

"The Figure Now" Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery. Juried by Sofie Jodoin, Alex Kanevsky and Nicholas Uribe, St.Lois, MO, Winter 2010

Solo "Basic" Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2009

Two Artists Show, Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2008

Franklin Bowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2008

Loyola National Works on Paper, Crown Center Gallery Loyola University of Chicago, IL, 2007

Northern National Art Competition. Juried by Allan Peterson, Nicolett College, WI, 2007

Franklin Bowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2007

SFMOMA Artists Gallery: "Finding the Figure", San Francisco, CA, 2006

Franklin Bowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2006

Solo "Closer" Barbara Anderson Framing & Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA , 2005  

"Visual Aid at 16" Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2005

San Diego Art Institute 48th International Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art, CA 2005

"Works on Paper" Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 2004

"SPICE" Catharine Clark Gallery. Visual Aid Artists, San Francisco, CA, 2003

San Diego Art Institute 46th International Exhibition, San Diego, CA, 2003

Vorpal Gallery "Beaux & Eros", San Francisco, CA , 2002

Four Artists Show SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2001

Vorpal Gallery "The Year 2001- Art Odyssey", San Francisco, CA, 2001

Museum of American Illustration: SPD Gala Annual, New York, NY, 1999

Art Expo Finalists of the Art Calendar Magazine's Competition, New York, NY, 1999

James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, 1999

Sloane Gallery, Denver, CO, 1999

"Maryland Artists" Government House, Annapolis, MD, Summer 1997

Lancaster Museum of Art "Creating Women", Lancaster, PA, 1997

"Made in the USA", Hood College, Frederick, MD, 1996

Regional Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 1994

New York City Public Library: SPD Gala Annual, New York, NY, 1993

2 Artists Show Galerie Francoise, Green Spring, MD, 1993

Zimmerly Art Museum: Norton Dodge Collection of Soviet Art, Rutgers University, NJ, 1992

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

 

Norton Dodge Collection of Soviet Art at Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ

COCA - COLA CO, Atlanta, GA

MONCA, CA