Yelena Sidorova Aurora, Colorado

Silk is the fabric of the soul. On it, Yelena Sidorova pours paint in colorful sheets that shimmer and glisten with emotion. The process of painting on silk requires a delicate approach. Yelena has the gentleness required to weave mysteriously provocative paintings. She says, “I transform the world around me: every drop of dye on silk is one drop of magic into my existence.”


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    About The Artist

    Silk is the fabric of the soul. On it, Yelena Sidorova pours paint in colorful sheets that shimmer and glisten with emotion. The process of painting on silk requires a delicate approach. Yelena has the gentleness required to weave mysteriously provocative paintings. She says, “I transform the world around me: every drop of dye on silk is one drop of magic into my existence.”

    Artist Statement

    I like to work in different genres: still-life, landscape, flowers, cityscape, fish and ponds, cats, and symbolic figurative compositions. When drawing gentle and mysterious images of women, I strive to express joy, peace, and harmony. For me, harmony is the poetry of lines and colors that have a life of their own.

    Dye on silk is the vessel that delivers ideas to my mind, like visual Haikus that capture the breathtaking moment when light hits water and I observe what might have been seen through the eyes of a dragonfly gliding over the pond. My paintings are bright and decorative. Full of joy and happiness.

    I like to create beautiful scenes of places. Prague is one of my favorites, as it has a fairy tale feeling to match my designs. Each artwork always starts with a drive to create something beautiful that I love.

    I am a “cat” person. I love having them in my home. I own two beautiful cats, whose grace and elegance inspires me to make cats a recurring theme in my art.

    I devote my art to silk painting lovers. My paintings are exhibited in galleries and art shows. My silk wall hangings have been purchased extensively for public and private collections.

    A Few Words about Painting on Silk:

    Yes, I create art on fabric, with silk as a canvas. Why silk painting? Each technique has its own beauty. For people who enjoy different textures, silk is a pleasure for the eyes. The shimmer and transparency of silk creates a delightful surface, good to touch whether you are wearing silk or hanging a painting on your wall.

    When applied, liquid dyes and paints flow and move in a way that is truly exhilarating to watch! In order to stop this movement, a material called a resist is used to stop the dyes forming on the silk and to create an outline for the image being depicted, adding dramatic dimension.

    Once the painting is completed, the dyes need to be steam-fixed in order to become color-fast. This also causes the colors to become brighter and more intense. The piece is then stretched, painted on the sides, and ready to hang.

    I obtained master's degrees in Fine Arts with a major in Oil painting and Art history from the Khabarovsk Fine Art & Graphic University Far East of Russia. I then spent the first ten years of my artistic career as a teacher of collegiate art classes. While teaching college, I discovered and fell in love with the mystery and magic of painting on silk.

    Painting on silk has been my main technique for more than twenty years now. Since 1997, I've lived in beautiful Colorado with my husband, who is also an artist, my teenage son, and our two sweet cats.

    Aside from painting, I like hiking and biking. I instantly fell in love with the state of Colorado. I feel it is truly my home now.

    Artist Background

    Khabarovsk Fine Art & Graphic University
    Master of Fine Arts, 1982

    Hear What Collectors Say About Yelena's Work

    commentsRainy Street
    D Rickman purchased this artwork. 3/30/2022 | 12:19 PM

    It is beautiful. I have bought 3 other pieces of hers, but my daughter stole all of them. I'm keeping this one.

    A Hoenig purchased this artwork. 9/29/2020 | 9:36 AM

    We love our new artwork! It is so beautiful and the colors are so vibrant. It is stunning!

    Yelena Sidorova 3/22/2019 | 5:05 PM

    Hey, Elane! Thank you very much for your kind compliments about the paintings as well.I am glad to hear that you and your husband happy to have them at home. It is very encouraging. Will be happy to see you in my store again. With very warm wishes , Yelena.

    E Dutra 3/20/2019 | 10:18 AM

    Dear Yelena! Thanks for your kind words! If fact, I liked "Warm Winter Companions" even more than "How to be Happy Girl" (if that's even possible!). What a gorgeous creation! The colors and details are impeccable!. The two paintings complement each other beautifully and me and my husband could not be happier! I will keep checking your work and I am sure I will fall in love with another painting soon. Thanks again Yelena!!!!!

    Yelena Sidorova 3/17/2019 | 12:49 AM

    Hello, Dear Elane! I am a true crazy cat lady too! I have two cats in my home. I love painting them and enjoy having them around. I am so happy to hear you liked the painting in person! Hope it will light up your home and bring positive energy, and I hope that Warm Winter Companions will not disappoint you either. Thank you very much, Yelena

    E Dutra 2/22/2019 | 4:54 PM

    As a true crazy cat lady, I typed "cat" in the search of Ugallery and I was amazed by the incredible colorful world of Yelena! I immediately fell in love with "How to happy girl"... this painting spoke directly to my heart and I ordered the same day I saw it. I received it yesterday and loved it!!! Thanks Yelena for your sensibility and for including these blessed creatures in your pantings! I have my eyes in my next purchase "Warm Winter Companions".

    commentsCozy Street, Prague
    T Orgel purchased this artwork. 1/2/2017 | 2:25 PM

    Love our new vibrant and whimsical painting. A bit Chagal-esque. Thank you Yelena and Stephanie (U Gallery)!

    Yelena Sidorova 8/9/2016 | 11:22 AM

    Thank you Karen! That is very touching comment about your other half reaction. I am very glad to hear that my paintings found a home. And you are both like it. With very warm wishes .

    commentsBlue Sky, Prague
    K Burke purchased this artwork. 8/9/2016 | 9:11 AM

    Stunning painting with lots of detail! Even my other half noticed this painting immediately upon installation. I have two paintings that were installed in my family room that took him a full week+ to notice, but he noticed and commented on how much he liked this painting the first day. Thank you so much, we really love it!

    Yelena Sidorova 7/28/2016 | 1:36 AM

    I am very happy to hear that you like painting in person! I hope that it will bring a warm smile to your home ! Nothing spesial needs to be taken for care of the painting. The paints for silk is very strong colors you can wash it, it does't come of.Just a light dusting.Thank you very much for your purchase.

    commentsRed Birds
    K Burke 7/27/2016 | 3:45 PM

    Hi Yelena, I just received this stunning painting. It is so beautiful! I love how the background is muted as if it's out of focus and the birds stand out in relief. Wow! The colors are truly amazing. Thank you so much for taking extra care in the packing as well! Please tell me if there is something special that needs to be done to prevent the silk from deteriorating or if there are any maintenance issues I should be aware of. Thank you so much!

    Yelena Sidorova 10/13/2015 | 12:17 PM

    Thank you very much for admiring my paintings! I am happy to hear that.

    Z Mansour 10/13/2015 | 8:08 AM

    I love your art! Amazing colours!

    Frank 2/17/2015 | 7:34 AM

    Hi Yelena- It was so nice to hear from you and Alfama.Lisbon and all of your "city/town paintings are beautiful. The two I have from you light up my room with color and interest and everyone who has seen them, loves them. I better not get another at the moment as I am running out of space. Thanks and I have no doubts that you will sell all of your fine paintings. Cheers, Frank

    Yelena Sidorova 2/16/2015 | 4:12 PM

    Dear Frank! Hope you are doing well and still enjoy my paintings! Just wanted to recommend you look at the painting in my collection, "Alfama. Lisbon. Portugal Vine." This painting was designed as a complementary painting for the Alfama painting that you already have in your collection. It is not necessarily a diptych, but if you still have space in your collection it may create a good addition to it! Thank you very much for your previous purchase. Cheers, Yelena

    Yelena Sidorova 2/16/2015 | 4:00 PM

    I am glad to hear that you experience joy when looking at the painting. That is a great compliment! Yes, Prague is a beautiful town! You won't regret if you decide to visit someday! Thank you very much for your purchase. Hope to see you again in my store sometime. Cheers, Yelena

    commentsOld Mill, Prague
    D Thomas purchased this artwork. 2/15/2015 | 11:43 AM

    Thank you! I love looking at the 'Old Mill, Prague" hanging on the wall. I feel a sense of joy when I study features of this artwork. I hope to visit Prague someday.

    Frank 1/6/2015 | 12:25 PM

    Today I received the second of Yelena's paintings and I am just as pleased as I was with the first. I chose another village scene, "Little Village in France" which had the blue effect and size that fit so nicely in my growing art room. Thank you Yelena and a Happy New Year to you. Cheers, Frank

    Yelena Sidorova 12/21/2014 | 11:32 PM

    Hello Dear Frank! I am happy to hear such nice compliments about my paintings. I am also glad you like the painting that you purchased when you saw it in person. I know that silk paintings can be surprising because of how much more beautifully they appear in real life. I also see you bought a second painting today!!! Thank you very much and Happy Holidays!

    Frank 12/21/2014 | 7:09 AM

    Dear Yelena- I am an old timer but somewhat new to the art world. Recently I discovered Ugallery and your work stood out. I just had to have some and ordered Alfama Lisbon as a Christmas present to myself. It just lights up the room with its vibrant colors and technique. Ill be back for more. Happy New Year!

    commentsNight Light, Prague
    don purchased this artwork. 6/18/2014 | 1:23 PM

    Beautiful colors and inspired interpretation

    Yelena Sidorova 3/29/2014 | 10:12 AM

    Thank you very much for your nice compliment about my work . I am professional artist my inspiration come from every day painting and enjoying the process of silk painting itself.

    K Jenkins 3/28/2014 | 6:06 AM

    your work is amazing, may i ask where do you get your inspiration from?

    Yelena Sidorova 2/2/2014 | 9:16 PM

    Thank you very much ! I am glad to hear that !

    commentsOld Tram Prague
    don purchased this artwork. 2/2/2014 | 1:14 PM

    Wonderful colors Beautiful to look at

    Yelena Sidorova 12/12/2013 | 3:57 PM

    Thank you very much for such a beautiful compliments about my work .You make my day too. I am happy you like the painting in person It is usually much better that on a photo.Because in a real painting you fill and see the beautiful texture of the silk . Thank very much for your purchase hope to see you again in my store sometime Worm Wishes Yelena

    S Day 12/11/2013 | 11:03 PM

    Am I Beautiful now lives with me and seems content to do so. When I opened the box and saw this beautiful, bright, clever art-piece all I could say was, "oh my gosh" and I could not stop saying it. This is absolutely top quality in appearance. How unique. So perfect in every way. Packaged so well. I am in love. I am a new original art collector so the certificate of authenticity you signed and included with the art is very much appreciated. What a celebration for me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Yelena Sidorova 4/20/2013 | 1:46 PM

    Hello, Dear Ricardo! I am glad you are happy with the actual painting. Sorry about certificate I will place the sign one in mail today. With Very Best Wishes Yelena

    R Jauregui 4/20/2013 | 1:13 PM

    Thank you soo much for my painting! It is stunning! I also recieved a certificate, unfortunately it was not signed, can you send me one signed? THank you again :)

    Yelena Sidorova 4/18/2013 | 12:07 AM

    Hi Ricardo! The painting been placed in the mail yesterday You will get it in 3 to 5 business days. I am glad you have the same feeling about Prague . It is magic and colorful town. I hope you will enjoy the painting in person. Regards Yelena

    R Jauregui 4/10/2013 | 7:01 PM

    Hi Yelena, I also went to prague to visit my son Michael, he was there teaching english,I too fell in love with this magical town, this painting brings back that magical feel !! can't wait to recieve this painting!!! by the way my son also lives in Denver!!

    Yelena Sidorova 4/10/2013 | 12:16 AM

    Hello, Dear Ricardo! Thank you very much for your interest in my art. This painting is from my Prague Series. I like this town a lot. I have been there several times. I like the fairy tale feel about this town which I try to express in my paintings . Thank you very much for your purchase! Regards Yelena

    R Jauregui 4/9/2013 | 6:47 PM

    Hi, just purchased Laveder Sunset Prague! Very excited!!! Can you give me more info on the painting? much appreciated!

    Yelena Sidorova 2/19/2013 | 3:00 AM

    Hello! Thank you very much for your purchase! I am very glad you like my painting in person. Hope to see you in my gallery some time again Best Regards Yelena Sidorova

    J Shashaty 2/18/2013 | 2:35 PM

    Just received my painting and the colors are gorgeous! Can't wait to hang it up; will look great against the slate blue color of my living room. Thank you!

    commentsBlue Eyed Cat
    Jwoodrome 12/8/2012 | 12:27 PM

    Love your bright kitty. Am moving the image to my Lovely Colors board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! Janet Woodrome


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