About the Artist

Gelena Pavlenko

 Gelena Pavlenko (Vorobieva) was born in  Kyiv, Ukraine in 1969.

 Gelena trained at the Ukrainian Art Academy. Her work has featured in solo and group exhibitions in the Ukraine,Poland,Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy, the USA and Canada.

Artist's Works is represented in the permanent Сollection of the National Museum of history of Ukraine, Kyiv,Ukraine and in the permanent Collection of Salmagundi Art Club, New York ,NY, USA

 She is based in New York, USA,  where she lives with her husband and son.

"Gelena's artworks contain something more meaningful than mere descriptions of flourishing nature. Her art offers an allegory of the whole natural world together with its eternal blooming. In her art one could easily discern a connection to magic realism, mainly because her breathtaking diligence and remarkable painting mastery reveal themselves in combination with the poetic perception of reality. Her paintings convey the perfection a la Durer, diligent crafting of poetic images and Renaissance principles of structuring of the universe of art." D.Korsun, leading Ukrainian fine art expert.


  • 2018 – Award for painting "Songs of Spring" in the category of painting in the 13th International ARC Salon Compettition in USA, the largest and most prestigious competition in the western world for realist artists. Port Reading, NJ, USA
  • 2017 – Special Annual Purchase Prize for painting "Wheel of Time", of SCNY Members Annual Show, New York, NY, USA
  • 2017 – Certificate of Merit Award for painting“Last Warmth" of Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY, USA
  • Since 2017 – The Member of Salmagundi Art Club, NY, USA
  • 2000 – Grant artist International Artists-in-Residence Summer-Fall 2000, Griffis Art Center, New London, CT, U.S.A.
  • Since 1998 – The Member of Artists Union of Ukrainian.


  • 1989-1998 - Ukrainian Art Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
  • 1986-1988 - St. Petersburg State Academy Art Lyceum, Russia
  • 1982-1986 - Ukrainian Republican School of the Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine


  • 2015 – Personal exhibition "My Ukraine", The Central House of Artists, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2015 – Personal exhibition “Shores and Flowers”, Gallery "Mytets”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1998 – Personal exhibition “Kyiv Quatrocento”, National Museum of history of Ukraine, Kyiv,Ukraine
  • 1991 – Personal exhibition in Krakow, Poland.
  • 1991 – Personal exhibition in Prague, Czechia.


  • 2017 – SCNY Members Annual Show, New York, NY, USA
  • 2017 – Exhibition "Landscapes", Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY, USA
  • 2016 – Triennial “Painting - 2016”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2015 – All Ukrainian Exhibition "Facets of Talent", The Central House of Artists, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2012 – II Exhibition Arts. In.Ua, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2011 – I Exhibition Arts.In.Ua, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2010 – Art week in Spain "International ART Exhibition  and Competition"
  • 2004 – Exhibition “Moscow International ART Salon”, Moscow, Russia
  • 2003 – Exhibition “Russishe malerei”, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2002 – Exhibition of  Luisenforum, Potsdam, Germany.
  • 2001 – Exhibition “Pupil F. Gumenyuk” gallery NUKMA , Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2001 – Triennial “Painting - 2001”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2000 – “Christmas” exhibition, Ukrainian fund culture, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2000 – Exhibition “Modern Portrait”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2000 – Exhibition “Landscape for your interior”, Gallery “OR”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1999 – “Modern historical painting” National Museum of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv,
  • 1998 – Exhibition “Portrait - 98”, Gallery of Kyiv Artists’Union.
  • 1998 – Triennial “Painting - 98”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1998 – III International Art-Festival “Art of Ukraine of XX century”, Center “Ukrainian House” Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1998 – “60 years of Artists’Union of Ukrainian”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1997 – All-Ukrainian Art Exhibition “The fall Salon”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1996 – Exhibition in the gallery of Staryi Grad, Croatia.
  • 1996 – All-Ukrainian Art Exhibition “The fall -96”, Artists’Union, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1992 – Exhibition in Tychina museum, Kyiv of worldwide forum of Ukrainians.
  • 1991 – Republican Spring Art Exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1991 – Exhibition of young artists of Kyiv “33” in Lavra, Kyiv, Ukraine