Yelena Bryksenkova was born in 1988 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, grew up in Cleveland, and studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore – receiving her BFA in Illustration in 2010 – as well as the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. She currently lives in Montréal, Canada, where she works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist. Yelena’s work has appeared in books and magazines as well as on packaging, stationery and textiles, and she has worked with a variety of clients such as American Greetings, ESPN, Anthropologie, Penguin Random House and Harper Collins. Recent work includes Mary Shelley in the Little People, Big Dreams series of illustrated biographies for children; Light Filters In and When the World Didn’t End, two illustrated books of poetry by teen Instagram poet Caroline Kaufman; and an illustrated Spanish language edition of William’s Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Working by hand is an important aspect of Yelena’s practice; her diminutive paintings are completed by hand using acryla gouache and colored pencils on watercolor paper, with very minimal digital editing. Her work is inspired by her love of home and the comfort and beauty of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.
This event was published on January 21, 2020.