Yelena Popova
Born in Ozersk (Russia), lives and works in Nottingham (UK).

Graduated from the faculty of scenography of the Moscow Art Theatre School (2000). In 2011 she completed a master's degree in painting at the Royal College of Art in London (London).

Yelena Popova's paintings refer to Russian constructivism, minimalism and the works of modern abstract artists. Much attention in her paintings the artist pays to the surface of the picture and colorful material-she carefully selects the material for the canvas and produces paints from organic pigments, thus achieving a special materiality and transparency. The artist is also active with video, ceramics and textiles.

In 2011, she became the first and only Russian-born artist to take part in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. Elena Popova's exhibitions are held in the UK, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Austria, USA, Switzerland. The artist's works are in the collections of Charles Saatchi, Anita Zabludovich, the English art Council, the municipal collection of Nottingham, the collection of new Hall and many others.
Born in USSR, works in Nottingham, UK

Selected solo shows
2020 The scholar stones project, Holden gallery, UK
2019 Art Brussels, L’etrangere gallery, Brusseles
2019 Loop art fair, Barcelona, Spain
2018 Her Name is Prometheus, Letranger, London
2018 This certifies that, Osnova gallery, Moscow, Russia
2018 Townlets, The Art House, Wakefield, UK
2017 This Certifies That, Philipp von Rosen, Cologne, Germany
2017 Elements, Girton College, University of Cambridge
2016 After Image, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
2015 Unsensed, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (curated by Madeleine Kennedy)
2015 Recite a Painting, Upton House, National Trust, Warwickshire, UK
2014 A World to Gain, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Cologne
2014 Drying Time, Paradise Row, London
2013 Unsoluble Moments, ‘Why Painting Now’, Cirated_by_Vienna, Austria (curated by Lina Dzuverovic)
2013 Nameless Nobles, NN Gallery, Northampton (curated by Catherine Hemelryk)
2013 The Portrait Gallery, Cole Gallery, London
2012 Portrait Gallery Withdrawn part of Abstract Possible, East Side Projects, Birmingham (curated by Maria Lind)
2012 Olympic Throw, Zabludowicz Collection ‘Invites’, London
2012 UNNAMED, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Berlin

Selected group exhibitions
2019 The Inhuman difficult transition, group show curated by Andrea Medjesi- Jones, Thames-Side Studios, London, UK
2019 sans (t)rêve et sans merci, (curated by Ivan Novikov), CUBE.Moscow, Russia
2019 What branches grow out of this stony rubbish? Letrangere, London
2019 Estragon, Belmacz, London
2019 Subversive Stitch, group show, curated by Hannah Watson, TJ Boulting, London
2019 P for Portrait, group show, curated by Nat Pitt Division of Labour, THE ART HOUSE, University of Worcester
2018 Perpetual Uncertainty, group show curated by Ele Carpenter, Malmo Konst Museum,
2018 Routines and Figures, 3 artist show, SEA Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands.
2018 Group Show, Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst, Munich,
2018 If You Can Stand The Heat, Roaming Gallery, London
2017 Blue. Seventeen (Grotova, Neelova, Popova), Osnova Gallery. Moscow
2017 Drawing Biennale, Drawing Room, London
2017 Seventeen. (Grotova, Neelova, Popova) Centrala, Birmingham
2016 EchtZEIT, The Art of Slowliness, group show, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany Jun-Sept 2016 Perpetual Uncertainty, curated by Ele Carpenter, Buildmeseet, Umea, Sweden
2016 New Visions, Curated by Marial Lind, Tensta Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden.
2016 Now for Tomorrow from the Nottingham Castle collection, Nottingham, UK
2015 Dispaly Show, Temple Bar Callery, Dublin and Eastside Projects, Birmingham (curated by Gavin Wade)
2015 Future Light, MAK, Vienna Biennale, (curated by Maria Lind)
2015 The Decorator and the Thief, Nothern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, (curated by George Vasey)
2015 30 Years of the Future, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2014 The Other Side, Garage project space, Moscow (curated by Snejana Krasteva)
2013 Group show, Regina Gallery, Moscow
2013 Infinite City, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
2013 The Futures of the Past, Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel, (curated by Heidi Brunschweiler)
2013 Group show, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2012 Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London
2012 Selma Parlour/ Yelena Popova, Horton Gallery, New York
2012 Twofold: Gregor Hylla/ Yelena Popova, Outpost Gallery, Norfolk
2012 The Red Mansion Art Prize Winners Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2012 Joyful Archipelago, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, London
2011 New Sensations, Victoria House, London
2011 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, at Sheffield; and ICA, London
2011 Keep Doors & Passages Clear, White Columns Gallery, New York, (curated by Tom Godfrey)

The Art House, Wakefield, May 2018
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, October 2017
West Dean College, July, 2017
Girton College Cambridge October 2016-June 2017
Ciltivamos Cultura, Portugal, September, 2015
Upton House National Trust, 2014- 2015
Moks, Estonia, August, 2011

2013 Shortlisted for The Arts Foundation Awards: Painting
2011 The Outset Prize, The Parallel Prize and The Red Mansion Prize
2010 RCA Oberon Book Award / Second prize, judged by Peter Blake

Arts Council Collection (London), Government Art Collection (London), RCA Collection (London), Saatchi Collection (London), Zabludowicz Collection (London), In4Art Collection (Netherlands), Jalima Collection (Dusseldorf), Nottingham Castle Collection, New Hall Art Collection (Cambridge), LWL Museum (Munster), CCA Andrax Collection (Mallorca, Spain), Sea Foundation (Netherlands) and various private collections.

2009 - 11 MA Painting, Royal College of Art (RCA), London.
1995 - 00 Set Design and Construction, Moscow Art Theatre School (MHAT), Moscow