Gelena Pavlenko

inspired oil paintings which interpret florals, fauna and landscapes in a classic way


Gelena Pavlenko

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

She 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.  The artist’s works are represented in the permanent collection 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.

She was recently featured in the September 2018 issue of AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, “Moments in Nature”


  • 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

Artist Statement



  • 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.