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Yelena Sidorova, YSFA

Yelena Sidorova

 Aurora, Colorado 

Yelena was born in the far east of Russia. She started her artistic training in early childhood and was educated in the finest traditions of 19th century Russian Realistic painting. After receiving MBA’s in Fine Arts from the the Khabarovsk Fine Art & Graphic University, Yelena discovered and fell in love with the mystery and magic of the ancient Asian technique of painting on silk; the technique which gave us the beautiful art of batik with all its intricacies and challenges.

In 1997, Lena and her family decided to move to the US. She arrived in Denver in 1997 with but a few hundred dollars in their pockets and a passion for Silk Painting.  As difficult as it was to start her career from scratch in a new country, the artist’s talents and incredible work ethics helped Yelena find her place in the competitive artistic world.  The frolic of creative work, joys and challenges are the true sources of the artist’s happiness and inspiration. Lena’s silk paintings are exhibited in galleries and art museums throughout the world.

Silk Painting

The origins of the time-honored technique of Silk Painting date back to the second century A.D. in Asia. At the turn of the nineteenth century, it emerged in Europe and quickly made its way to haute couture in France.  Parisian artists rejuvenated the craft and developed it into an art form known as SERTI. Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) is a traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk. The artwork is created by using a gutta, which has dual purpose of outlining the design and halting the flow of the dye on silk. Today this intricate art form has made its way from fashion and interior design to the walls of art galleries and from a craft to an art form; and is still gaining popularity in Europe and America.


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