Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Yelena never formally learned how to paint. She acquired a dual Master’s Degree in Geophysics and Computer Science and working in the field of Information Technology. Yelena Kimelblat started to paint in 2008 and art became a means for Yelena to share with others her vision of life. Yelena does not call herself an artist. She is “a woman, who paints”. Yelena is avoiding any identification, any, even the most pretty labels. She was not afraid to look inside herself – into the void, where you can perish or get everything. Yelena got everything – she started to paint.
“I never painted before in my life and couldn’t even imagine that I would start. The root of my creativity stems from a desire to live a long life free from unhappiness, awe before the awesome beauty of the natural world and the desire to include this beauty within my own life and say to others “I see it this way!”
People Artist of Ukraine Mikhail Turovsky:
“Yelena’s paintings belong to absolutely new genre… This genre is very much understood by the people who are absolutely new in the world of visual art. Yelena has the uncanny ability to see the unexpected side of the plain and the ordinary. One cannot arrive at this place with reason and logic. Her metaphoric thinking leads her to decisions that are so far from ordinary human associations that it amazes me beyond words, one who has seen everything within my long life of creativity. That which Yelena is doing does not fit within the understanding of artistic movements and schools of thought. She does not belong to any movement. She is on her own. She gives birth to her art pieces somehow naturally, and they naturally communicate to us that which belongs only to her: her visions of things and happenings – her inner world. This perspective finds a connection with the people who view Yelena’s paintings. I think this is happening because the joy of being with which Yelena lives and works is being conveyed to people. Art is encountered differently by everyone and if your soul and mind become richer, life more fulfilled, and maybe more joyful. For Yelena Kimelblat, this encounter already happened. ”
Yelena has turned her home into an art Gallery – Yelena’s Gallery – where concerts, exhibitions, book launches and intellectual forums take place in an intimate setting. As a philanthropist of the arts Yelena played a key role in organizing many exhibitions, book launches and concerts not only at her Gallery but also in other prominent venues.
Yelena’s paintings are on permanent display at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, where she participated at Annual Art Exhibit in May-July, 2013-2014-2015-2016 and received “Best in show” awards. Recently Yelena exhibited her art works at Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ. Yelena exhibiting at Soho NYC Galeries, and Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. Yelena published art album “The Paintings of Yelena Kimelblat”.