Elena Maslova-Levin

“After all, works of art are always the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further. ” - Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Letters on Cézanne"

Surrender - Oil on canvas 36 x 24 in.

In her oil paintings and virtual “synergistic seeing experiences” (which bring together insights from painting, poetry, and philosophy to deepen our understanding of art — and ourselves), Elena Maslova-Levin explores the synergistic potential present in the evolving unified field of art (across time, space, and genres), understood as an eons-long collective inquiry into the nature of reality and human experience.

Each painting emerges from a spark of synergy between a specific visual experience of one individual artist and the universal stream of painting insights and discoveries of all artists; she describes her painting process as simply “lending” her eyes and brush to this stream.

Her largest ongoing series is “Sonnets in Colour”, a translation of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets into the language colour and imagery drawn both from her visual experiences and from the evolution of art.     

Born and raised in St.Petersburg, Russia, she has been living in California since 2000. Till 2005, she worked primarily as a linguist, studying the endangered languages of Siberia, linguistic diversity and language universals.



Post-Doctoral professorial qualification in linguistic typology from University of Bielefeld, Germany, 1999

Ph.D. in linguistics from Russian Academy of Sciences, 1990

MA from St. Petersburg University, 1985

Diploma from regional Art School (St. Petersburg, Russia), 1979

The Birth of Venus (triptych) - Oil on canvas 48 x 72 in.
Shakespeare Sonnet 65 (Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea...) - Oil on canvas 20 x 20 in.
Gaia (Self) Portrait: December - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Shakespeare Sonnet 66 (Tired with all these, for restful death I cry) - Oil on canvas 20 x 20 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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