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Elena Degenhardt

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Elena Degenhardt[edit]

The Artist[edit]

Elena Degenhardt[1] is a German artist specialising in contemporary realism and working mainly in soft pastels but also in other dry media and acrylics. Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Elena exhibits internationally.

Early Life[edit]

Born in Russia in 1977, she grew up in East Siberia, spending her early years in Germany and Latvia before immigrating to Germany in 2003.She graduated from Irkutsk Regional Youth Art School in Russia with a certificate of excellence, she went on to do two Master degrees in languages and literature and then to work as a teacher and translator in various European countries for 15 years.


It was while living in England in 2014 that Elena joined a local art society. Having won the society’s Annual Exhibition Award at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Elena took time out from teaching and spent a year attending art classes in soft pastels, acrylics and drawing.

In 2015, Elena and her family moved to Vienna, Austria, where she continued finding her way back to art. In 2017, she applied for a juried membership in the Austrian Association of Professional Artists, was accepted and began working as a full-time artist. After moving to Malta in 2017, she attended the portrait masterclass with British artist Gareth Reid and life drawing classes with Maltese artist and printmaker Jesmond Vassallo. In 2019, Elena was juried into the Pastel Society of America as a Signature Member.


Elena's work has been shown in numerous curated and juried art shows, including the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) Annual Exhibitions 2018 and 2019, Mall Galleries, London, UK; the Society of Graphic Fine Arts (SGFA) Annual Exhibition DRAW19, Menier Gallery, London, UK; the Association of Professional Artists of Austria's Exhibition 'shape of water', Wasserturm Favoriten, Vienna, Austria (2019); Malta Society of Arts multi-sensorial exhibitions 'Perception' (2018) and 'Perception. Postscripts' (2019)[2] as part of the European art project AMuSE, Valletta, Malta; the International Association of Pastel Societies’ 34th juried Exhibition  (2019) Pastel World, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Art Appreciation Articles and Awards[edit]

Her work has been published in the award-winning pastel blog by the Canadian artist Gail Sibley (2017),[3] (2019), USA, FASO Informed Collector (2018), USA, Artists & Illustrators Magazine, UK, Pratique des Arts, France (2019), Times of Malta (2018)[4], Malta Independent (2018) and Maltese Herald (2019). Her painting 'The Breath' received the 'Outstanding Pastel' Award in the Bold Brush Painting Competition in November 2018. [5][6]


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  5. "Pratique des Arts 146 - Astuces techniques, inspirations et rencontres d'artistes". (in français). Retrieved 2019-10-25.

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