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Elena Seroff


Artist Statement


Creativity is the way to tell a story and evoke my feelings. I take my inspiration from the great Impressionists, Suprematism artists as well as old masters of the Renaissance period, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and Caravaggio. I capture the mood of the surrounding world through colors and lines. I am also drawn towards the simple and unpretentious. I use traditional materials such as oil, watercolor, ink, and pencil. Trained as a classical painter, I decided to expand my artistic view on abstract forms that consist of a blend of lines and color. This reflects my interpretation of the abstract way of thinking. The sensibility is reflected in my graphics series “Love in Three Colors” and “Adam & Eve. Rebirth”. Each work depicts an emotional connection between people, an expression of love, passions, and movement as a continuation of life.




Elena Seroff (Iosilevich) is a New York City-based Russian-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. 

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