Creativity is a way to tell a story and evoke emotion. I draw my inspiration from the great Impressionists as well as old masters of the Renaissance period, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and Caravaggio. The philosophy of Kazimir Malevich and Suprematism, his Russian abstract art movement, offers an extraordinary look at the world around us through its characteristically simple geometric shapes, a major source of inspiration for my art. One of the strongest goals of mine in the process of creating my works is to inspire a new way of thinking, as abstract art promotes the ability to freely express in an original way.
As a trained classical painter, I chose to expand my artistic view on abstract forms that consist of a blend of lines and color. I strive to capture the mood of the surrounding world through these modalities, and am drawn towards the simple, unpretentious and quotidian in the framing of my personal vision of reality. This sensibility can be reflected in my abstract series “Love in Three Colors” and “Adam & Eve Rebirth,” which depict emotional connections between people, passions, expressions of love, and provoke a sense of movement as a continuation of life. My abstract work reflects my interpretation of the abstract way of thinking. As a versatile artist, I also work with traditional materials such as oil, watercolor, ink, and pencil, creating landscapes and still life artworks that truly capture the beauty in seemingly mundane objects and spaces.
The creation of my art is a visceral experience, with my art being the tool with which I can express, envision, and share with others in unique ways the concepts of life that drive humanity most—such as love, truth, and the underlying beauty of the everyday experience.
Elena Seroff (Iosilevich) is a New York City-based American artist who was born in Kaliningrad, Russia. She studied fashion design at LEX University in Tallinn. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Seroff returned to Kaliningrad, where she earned her diploma from the Art and Industry College in Decorative Art. In 1996, Seroff moved to New York, where she participated in an intensive two-year program for figurative drawing at The National Academy and School of Fine Art in 2010. Currently, she lives and works in New York City.
During her time at NASFA, Seroff was introduced to artists such as Sharon Sprung, Nicholas M. Dollar-Raynolds, Eric March, and took multiple private art lessons with Brandon Soloff at Chelsea Classical Studio. Her interest in classical drawing and painting allowed her to build a strong understanding of the core rules in fine art. Most recently, Seroff has been focused on developing new techniques and expanding her view in abstract art.
In 2015, she started Clarus Art Studio for kids and began to volunteer as an art director at The Pushkin Society in America. In 2016, Seroff founded The Pushkin Society Artists Guild for established and emerging artists and curated many art and literature events. Seroff also serves as founder and Art Director for Artios Gallery, a curated online gallery that showcases a number of contemporary artists selected for their unique creative and intellectual vision. In 2018, Seroff participated in SingForHope project and her design of a piano "A Dreamer" inspired by Wassily Kandinsky was installed in The Carl Schultz Park, NY.
Seroff is an active member of the Southampton Artist Association, National Association of Women Artists, International Art Alliance, and Brooklyn Arts Council. She believes that observation and creativity, as well as hard work and scholarship, are the keys to her development as an artist.
CV / Selected Exhibitions ( PDF)
The certified program, Sotheby's Art Institute
New York, NY
Figurative Drawing, National Academy and School of Fine Art,
New York, NY
Professional Art and Industry College
Artworks are represented in private collections in the USA, Spain, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, The UK.