Elena Burykina

Elena is an artist based in Chattanooga, TN USA.

Elena always wanted to be an artist.  As a child in Ukraine, she received a classical

art education which she used for over a decade as an architect.  It was an applied form of her desire to create art.  Elena moved away from architecture

into teaching art to children and painting when she could, and finally she was

able to focus all her time being an artist and learning.  She tries to use every opportunity to learn

anything new – new tools, mediums, techniques – anything new at all.   

She moved to America in 2013 and turned her full attention to painting.

Elena’s favorite subjects to paint are people with their

personalities, moods, thoughts, and favorite things. “I really like to explore

the personalities of my models through building the structure of portraiture

with oil paint and paintbrush.”

Her current focus is portraiture. She seeks a connection

with the model that she can translate to the surface.

Group Exhibitions:



31st Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, December 4, 2021 – January 8, 2022

Holiday Portfolio Show and Sale 2021, Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga, TN, November 19 -20, 2021

5”/5” Project IX, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co (2021)

International Biennial Portrait Competition, Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau, Wausau, Wisconsin (2021)

Women Painting, All Over the World, MEAM, European Museum of

Modern Art, Spain, Barcelona (2021)

Contemporary Figuration (online), Abend Gallery, Denver, Co (2021)

30th Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co (2020)

Painting the Figure Now III, Museum of Contemporary Art in

Wausau, Wausau, Wisconsin (2020)

International Biennial Portrait Competition, Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau, Wausau, Wisconsin (2019)

29th Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co (2019)

“Women Painting Women”, The Customs House Museum &

Cultural Center, Clarksville, Tennessee (2018)

Annual Members Show, AVA, Chattanooga, Tennessee (2018)

Black History : “The Modern Day Paris Exposition”, AVA,

Chattanooga, Tennessee (2018)

Fresh Emerging Artists, AVA ( Association for Visual Arts ),

Chattanooga, Tennessee (2017)

Emerging artist in 4 Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga, TN (2017)



Solo Exhibitions:



John C. Williams Gallery of Art School of

Visual Art and Design, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

September, 2021– January 10, 2022


Elena Burykina | Linoleum Block Prints Show, Southside Studio, Chattanooga, TN (2016)

Awards and Publications:


Awarded Eighth Place in the Outside the Box Category, Portrait

Society of America 17th annual Members only competition (2021)

International Artist Magazine, The Art of the Portrait,

Master Showcase, June/July Issue 2021

Awarded Fourth Place in the Outside the Box Category, Portrait

Society of America 16th annual Members only competition (2020)

Awarded Finalist in the Commissioned Portrait Category, Portrait Society of America 15th annual Members only competition (2019)

Honorable Mention, International Biennial Portrait

Competition, Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau, Wausau, Wisconsin (2019)

Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America

International Portrait Competition (2019)

Select 50, Portrait Society of America International

Portrait Competition (2018)

Instruction:







School of Visual Art and Design, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

( one day workshop as an invited artist ) (2021) 


An Oil Portrait Demo, (online, 4+ hour of content), available through Kara Bullock Art School (2020)