Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Elena Chestnykh was born in Novosibirsk, Russia and currently, lives and works in New York. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta (MCAE) in Saint-Petersburg, the Art Center WINZAVOD, in Moscow, the State Museum of Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Kemerovo in Russia, and Nord Art 2010, Rendsburg, Germany. In 2013, Urban Reflections travelled to MCRAE's Erarta Gallery in NYC and became Chestnykh’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Also, Chestnykh presented her work in New York at R&Dstudio BUSHWOOD, SFAprojects Gallery, IIAF group exhibition at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, and in a selected group exhibition at the School of Visual Art Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
In 2011, she created a multimedia installation “City. Meeting Place”, exhibited at the Museum of Local History, Novosibirsk. The project investigated the problems of dwellers’ alienation and interaction within the modern urban cultural structures. “City. Meeting Place” was based on the documentary research included photographing and interviewing Novosibirsk residents and resulted in a multimedia installation.
In 2015, Chestnykh wrote a series of interviews with American artists including Petah Coyne, David Chung and Mark Tribe about New York art scene and higher art education in America for MCAE’s blog and various Russian magazines.
She presented an artist talk and contributed an article for the International Conference “Art in Modern Education” (2015), Novosibirsk on the state of the New York art scene and opportunities for foreigner artists.
Chestnykh is currently developing a curatorial practice to create a community of artists whose work focuses on the bodily experience. “Breach”, exhibited at the Rabbit Hole Gallery in Brooklyn was her first curated exhibition.
Her work is held within the collections of the Novosibirsk State Museum of Fine Art and Kemerovo Regional State Art Museum in Russia.