Elena Popova

Elena Popova

Yelena Popova was born in 1978 in the Urals. She studied at Moscow Art Theatre School and Byam Shaw at Central St Martins before graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art.

Popova is an artist who works across a wide range of media, including painting, video and installation. Reflecting her upbringing in the Urals, she is influenced by the tenets of Russian Constructivism, while often seeking to discuss the constant development of industrialism and the landscape of contemporary Capitalism. There is an important stress placed upon the theme of balance within her work, whether this is political, aesthetic or metaphysical. Complementing the more supraliminal documentaries, her linen panels consist of ethereal forms, reminiscent of the opalescent smog so often spawned by the industrialised city.

Yelena Popova was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Prize in the Painting category. Hans-Ulrich Obrist and art critic Benjamin Buchlo along with other experts included her work in the book on contemporary painting "Vitamin P3".

Collections: Arts Council Collection (London), Government Art Collection (London), RCA Collection (London), Saatchi Collection (London), Zabludowicz Collection (London), In4Art Collection (Netherlands), Jalima Collection (Dusseldorf) and other museum and private collections.


Founded by Alyona Kurmasheva and Dmitry Vetrov in 2014, Osnova aims to combine the features of a classical cultural institution and a contemporary art venue that is integrated into a global context and covers current artistic processes.

The gallery works with both home and foreign curators and authors, including Alexandra Sukhareva, Elena Popova, Henning Strasburger, Domenico de Chirico, Nika Neelova and others.

Osnova was the only Russian gallery in the last 20 years to participate in the Liste art fair Basel and in the last 10 years to participate in Frieze London, the most important events in the field of contemporary art. Osnova has influenced the integration of Russian galleries into the international art market. Since last year, the gallery has been a member of the international association IGA - International galleries alliance, representing the world's leading galleries.

Exhibition participant:

Exhibition of Achievements of Contemporary Artists

List of paintings