"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
Education:  MFA from the Moscow Cinema Academy, 1987

Awards, Grants, Residencies:

2014  -  3rd place winner Members Only Competition, Still-life Category; Portrait Society Of America
2013  -  Full Fellowship Award for the residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
2008  -  Visual Aid's Jerome Caja Terrible Beauty Award, San Francisco, CA
2007  -  Award of Excellence, Cash Prize at Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College,
            WI Best in the Show, Cash Prize at Loyola National Works on Paper, Chicago, IL
2005  -  Award of Excellence: 46th 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 48th 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
1993  -  Merit Award: 36th Annual Illustration Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, NY
1991  -  Merit Award: 27th Annual Illustration Exhibition, Society of Publication Design, NY

Selected  Exhibitions:

2016  -  "Fragmented" Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA
2015  -  Pryor Fine Art Atlanta, GA
         -  Art Silicon Valley, Art Fair San Mateo, CA
2014  -  "Emotive" Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA   
         -  "Urbana"  Group Exhibition, Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA
         -  SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012  -  "Seen" Visual Aid presents MONCA. Works by David Park, Nathan Oliveira
            Richard Diebenkorn, Mel Ramos, Elena Zolotnitsky, San Francisco, CA
        -  "Dennis Campay, Andre Petterson and Elena Zolotnitsky" Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
        -  "Sin & Redemption" SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
        -  "Berkeley Civic Center" in conjunction with KALA, Berkeley, CA
        -  "Scapes" Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
        -  "Introductions 2012 CA Realists" ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
        -  "Introductions" Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
        -  "Painting Only" Pacofoc Art League, Palo Alto, CA
2011  -  "Introductions" Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2010  -  "Cimmerian Muse: Exploring The Gesters Of The Mind" Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco CA
        -  "The Figure Now" Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St.Lois, MO.
            Juried by Sofie Jodoin, Alex Kanevsky and Nicholas Uribe
2009  -  "Basic" Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008  -  Two Artists Show, Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA
        -  Franklin Bowles Gallery
2007  -  Loyola National Works on Paper, Crown Center Gallery Loyola University of Chicago,
        -  Juried by Dan Addington, Director of Gwenda Jay/Addington Gallery, Chicago IL
        -  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
        -  Franklin Bowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006  -  SFMOMA Artists Gallery: "Finding the Figure", San Francisco, CA
        -  Franklin Bowles Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005  -  "Closer": Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA   
         -  20th Annual Conservatory Art Classic, juried by Tony Eubanks, Clifton, TX
         -  Micaela Gallery: "Salon d'Ete 2005", San Francisco, CA
         -  "Dimensions 2005" 40th National Exhibition juried by Phillip Koch, Winston-Salem, NC
         -  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 Market Street Gallery:
            "Erotic Art Show", San Francisco, 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
1996  -  Eastern New Mexico University: "Form and Metaphor" Hodson Gallery:
           "Made in the USA", Hood College, Frederick, MD
1995  -  Regional Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition, Baltimore, MD 1994
            Zenith Gallery, Washington D.C.
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

Selected Publications:

2015  -  Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 28
        -  ATLANTAN / Modern Luxury, February 2015, Atlanta GA
        -  Milieu Magazine, Atlanta GA
2014     -  The Art Of The Portrait, Journal of the Portrait Society of America, issue # 65, page 11
    -  The Studio Work Blog \\ Studio Visit, interview with Elise Morris
2013  -  Architectural Digest July Issue 2012    
    -  The Ritz - Carlton Magazine October Issue, page 40
2012   -  Lilith Magazine, Summer Issue, p. 16
         -  American Art Collector, May Issue p. 23,85
         -  Art & Antiques, May Issue, p. 19
         -  Southwest Art Magazine "Art Of The Figure", January Issue
2009  -  Etnosfera Magazine: "Elena Zolotnitsky - Creativity Is A Personal Affair". Interviwe 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
2004  -   Green Mountain Review:
            Cover, Vol. XVII, No. 2
2003  -  Baltimore Magazine: "A Selection of Contemporary Russian Artwork" by John Lewis,
         -  February Issue pp. 122-123
2001  -  BOA Editions Limited: Cover for Parphenope by Michael Waters
2000  -  NY Times Book Review Cover: "Thus Spake Beowulf" February 27th
1999  -  BOA Editions Limited: Cover for Dusty Angel by Michael Blumenthal
1997  -  "Painting Composition" Rockport Publishers: Award of Distinction
         -  "The Best of Watercolor 2" Rockport Publishers: Award of Distinction
         -  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
1992  -  The Columbia Flier December 17th: "Two Russians make their points at CAC"
             by Mark Giuliano on a two-person exhibition at Columbia Arts Center, Washington D.C.

Museum Collections:

             Norton Dodge Collection of Soviet Art at Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ
             COCA - COLA CO, Atlanta, GA