About

YELENA SIMONE

 

      

           In the course of a diverse career of visual art, performance and education, Yelena Simone has turned from traditional visual art to take up sand animation, an awe-inspiring form of performance art, which she creates right before your eyes. As an internationally known artist with a Masters Degree in Visual Arts (oil painting and graphics), Simone has a number of her art pieces belonging to State Public Collections and Museums, as well as to private collections in Europe, Asia and North America.

           As a sand artist she is excited by the challenge of creating and performing live shows, working as a film/show director, screenwriter, choreographer, artist and performer, as it is an amalgamation of many different art forms. She sees sand animation as a synthesis in which image, music and movement work together to create an emotion and idea that couldn’t be expressed by one art element alone.

          She often appears at opening and closing ceremonies of private and corporate events and festivals, as well as performing on stage together with musicians and symphonic orchestras.

 

 

EDUCATION

MFA, State University of Belarus, Fine Arts / Visual Arts

 

AWARDS  AND  FELLOWSHIPS

1998            Winner of the Manitoba Graphic Design Competition (Winnipeg, Canada)

1994             Artist of the year (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

1992 / 94     Resident Artist – State Art Studio (Tel-Aviv/Yaffa, Israel)

1990            State Residence Fellowship (Novgorod, Russia) Ministry of Culture

1989            International Artists in Residence Fellowship (Bobruisk, Belarus)

1988            European Artists Fellowship (Berlin, Germany) Cultural Exchange

1988            State Residence Fellowship (Sednev, Ukraine) Ministry of Culture

1987            Gurzuf Fellowship (Ukraine) Ministry of Culture

1987            State Residence Fellowship (Moscow) Ministry of Culture

 

PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE

 

2015  -  Detroit Opera House, Gala Concert "Réalité L'Art"  -  sand show "A Renaissance" (Detroit, USA)

2014 – present   Windsor Symphony Orchestra – series of sand shows for 2015/2016 concert season (Windsor, Canada)

1999 - 2003       Founder and director “KidsArtSmart Inc.” (Windsor, Canada)

1997 – 1999      Graphic Designer – Federal Government of Canada (Winnipeg, Canada)

1988 – 1991      Professor of the State University of Belarus (Minsk, Belarus)

1988 - 1989       Lecturer for Union of Artists (Berlin, Germany)

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

State Art Museum, Ukraine

State Art Gallery, Novgorod, Russia

State Art Gallery, Bobruisk, Belarus

Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, Moscow

Ministry of Culture of Belarus, Minsk

Art Fund, Moscow, Russia

Art Fund, Minsk, Belarus

Artist Union Art Stocks, Belarus

Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus

Many of her art works could be found in the private collections in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, France, Israel, Finland, England, Netherlands, Italy, Dania, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Canada, and United States.