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Girl In The Yellow Turban (Study), 2009, oil on paper, 13.5” x 14.5”

Balenciaga, 2012, oil on canvas, 20” x 20”

Milk Bottle Valentines, 2009,

oil on paper, 21” x 17”

Red Couch, 2009,

oil on canvas, 20” x 20”

White Rose, 2011,

oil on paper, 12” x 14”

Brown Eyed Girl, 2011,

oil on canvas, 14” x 11”

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'Beauty always offers its own form of seduction' — Elizabeth George

Beauty is my inspiration. Over the past few years my art has become increasingly personal and intimate, focusing more on the raw physicality of painting. My favorite medium is oil paint, either on canvas, board or on heavy paper. I use a lot of gold leaf. It increases my spectrum of flatness and brings in more drama in shape. As I build layer upon layer of contrasting hues and textures, I am driven more by my pursuit of the formal concerns of painting instead of by my desire to relate a narrative. Yet I remain always a figurative artist, one who feels a special affinity for the craft, subtlety, and peace of Flemish art and the art of Balthus.

My goal is to create paintings that are both well-crafted and probe deeply into the mystery of the medium itself, widening the spectrum of that which is portrayed. Painting for me is the magic act, when the combination of oil paint, a bit of imagination and a lot of heart create something alive that other people can relate to on emotional level. And that is what art does, I think - it transforms energy of labor into feelings.

BORN:             1961, Moscow, Russia


1986    MFA from the Moscow Cinema Academy


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

2007    Award of Excellence, Cash Prize at Northern National Art

            Competition, Nicolett College, WI

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

2005    Award of Excellence: 48th Communication Arts Annual Illustration Exhibition, CA

            Full Fellowship from Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico

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

2004    Award of Excellence: SDAI 46th International Exhibition, San Diego, CA

2003    Full Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

1997    Grant from the Paul Beckett Foundation, Denmark / Spain

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

1992    Merit Award: 36th Annual Illustration Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, NY

1991    Merit Award: 27th Annual Illustration Exhibition, Society of Publication Design, NY


2012    “Introductions 2012” (Juried Exhibition), ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011    “Introductions” Group Show at Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta GA

            “Zolotnitsky@Bucci’s” Emeryville, CA

            “Holiday Show” Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010    “Cimmerian Muse: Exploring The Gestures Of The Mind”, Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco CA

            “The Figure Now”, Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St.Louis, MO

            Juried by Sofie Jodoin, Alex Kanevsky and Nicholas Uribe.

2009    Paul Mahder Gallery: “Basic”, San Francisco, CA

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

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

            Northern National Art Competition, juried by Allan Peterson, Nicolett College, WI

            Micaela Gallery: “Salon d’Ete 2007”, San Francisco, CA

            Rotunda Gallery, USF School of Law, curated by Saiko Matsumaru. San Francisco, CA

            Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            FranklinBowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    Franklin Bowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            B. Boeltz Gallery, Denver, CO

            SFMOMA Artists Gallery: “Finding the Figure”, San Francisco, CA

2005    Micaela Gallery: “Salon d’Ete 2005”, San Francisco, CA

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

            San Diego Art Institute: 48th International Exhibition, juried by Derrick C. Cartwright,

            Director of the San Diego Museum of Art

            Barbara Anderson Gallery: “Closer”, Berkeley, CA

2004    Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Barbara Anderson Gallery: “Works on Paper”, Berkeley, CA

            ARTWALK at the Embarcadero Center, curated by ArtSpan, San Francisco, CA

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

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

2002    Vorpal Gallery: “Beaux & Eros”, San Francisco, CA

2001    SFMOMA Artists Gallery 4 Artist Show, San Francisco, CA

            Vorpal Gallery: “The Year 2001- Art Odyssey”, San Francisco, CA

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

            Art Expo: Finalists of the Art Calendar Magazine’s Competition, New York, NY

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

            Sloane Gallery, Denver, CO

1997    Springfield Art Museum: Watercolor USA Honor Society, 6th Biennial Exhibition

            “Maryland Artists” Government House, Annapolis, MD

            Lancaster Museum of Art: “Creating Women”, Lancaster, PA

            Russian Embassy, Washington D.C. curated by Diane Beal

            Hodson Gallery: “Made in the USA”, Hood College, Frederick, MD

1995    Regional Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition, Baltimore, MD

1994    Zenith Gallery, Washington D.C.L.

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

            Galerie Francoise, Green Spring, MD

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


2009    Etnosfera Magazine: “Elena Zolotnitsky: Creativity - Is a Personal Affair”.

            Interview with Yulia Goryacheva. Issue #11 (134) Moscow, Russia

2008    7x7 San Francisco Magazine: “Watch This Space” by Christine Ryan. November Issue p.120

2005    46th Annual Communication Arts, p.107

2003    Baltimore Magazine: “A Selection of Contemporary Russian Artwork” by John Lewis, February Issue pp. 122-123

2000    NY Times Book Review Cover: “Thus Spake Beowulf” February 27th

1997    Intelligencer Journal “Happenings”, March Issue: “Bold or Fractured, Images From Women’s Selves” by Jennifer Knopf.

            Cover Story on “Creating Women”, Lancaster Museum of Art, PA

1996    Frederick Gazette: “Six Very Good Reasons To See ‘Made in the USA’” by Richard Lebhers on the Exhibition

            of Selected Former Russian Artists

1995    The Artist’s Magazine: “Rising Watercolor Stars” by Bebe Raupe, October Issue pp. 60-65. An Art Review featuring

            the top winners from 10 of North America’s most prominent Watercolor Societies

1993    The Baltimore Sun March 11: “Zolotnitskys Blend Humor and Grimness, Go Figure” by John Dorsey. Art Review on

            the two-person exhibition at Galerie Francoise, Baltimore, MD


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

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