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Elena Dobrovolskaya

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Elena Dobrovolskaya

Elena Dobrovolskaya is a New York based Russian-trained artist working in Contemporary Realism style primarily in oil and pastel.
She exhibited broadly in the US and Europe, including New York, London, Paris, Lisbon, Venice, Rome and Milan. Elena was awarded International Prize “Artist of the Year 2019” during Mantova ArtExpo in Italy, Velasquez Prize in Barcelona and Leonardo da Vinci Prize in Florence in 2020.
Her art was published in French, Italian and British magazines (Spotlight, Aesthetica, House&Garden, GQ,) as well as in “We Contemporary 2019” art volume in Italy, “50 artists to invest in” art catalogue in 2020 and “Trends in Art: Insights for Collectors” art book curated by Contemporary Art Curator magazine in Great Britain in 2021.
She has already found her own style – her oil portraits are vibrant, colorful and very feminine, delicate, romantic and sexy, modern and classical at the same time. Italian curator Dr. Salvatore Russo describes Elena’s art “as emotional and exciting”. He wrote: “Great poetical lyricism characterizes her extraordinary visual narratives. Elena brings forward sensitive artistry, and this sensitivity is reflected on her canvas with great elegance. Her works are dancing in space and stand out by chromatic refinement and the power of symbolism”.
Elena’s first Solo portrait exhibition “Look into my eyes” took place in March 2021 at the Artifact gallery in Manhattan, New York, with a great viewer’s appreciation.
Elena Dobrovolskaya received a personal invitation from the President and Founder of Florence Biennale Dt. Pasquale Celona to participate in Florence Biennale XIIIth edition in October 2021.

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Internal Worlds in the Paintings of Elena Dobrovolskaya


Elena Dobrovolskaya’s gentle figurative paintings, currently exhibited at Artifact, have a sense of elegance and grace. Paint applied harmoniously coalesces to form remarkably organic and emotionally charged surfaces. In her portraits the artist activates the pictorial plane with only the barest flicker of an internalized intensity. A quiet burn of recognition ignites the imagery by the artist’s incremental layering of her brushstrokes.

Once applied in a state of nuanced control, gentle contours take shape within Dobrovolskaya’s sensitive narratives. Facial expressions and overall compositions imply an opening into the internal world of memories and dreams. Through her remarkable images Dobrovolskaya encourages us to address the fugitive immateriality of the world. Her oils and pastels are meditative because there is concentration and focus on the way she conflates different readings of apprehension as a lived or imaginary experience of her characters.

The immersion of the artist into the exigencies of creativity persuades us in the validity of her visual notations. In these works there arises a spontaneous drive for the unlimited, unfettered examination to find its own levels of passion and reason, as enigmatic and allusive as they may be. The result is mesmerizing, inspiring and original work reaching out to the viewer and re-instating in some subtle way links that hold us together.

Christopher Bruni, Artery NYC



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