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Artist's Statement

Elena Caravela’s fascination with the human face and the contortion of subtle, fleeting and intimidate human gestures culminate in her oil paintings, which portray such moments. These are instances in which we can all relate. Her varied series of works offer heartfelt and again, subtle insights into both cultural and political ideals. Women of all ages appear in her work as strong and interesting individuals. The outward standard of the model’s beauty is of little interest to Elena. Instead she portrays every individual as unique and therefore beautiful. A School of Visual Arts alumna, Elena has exhibited widely and has garnered awards for her painting and portraiture. She has also worked as an illustrator. Her conveyance of emotion and the inner signature of her subjects is demonstrated in that work as well.

CV:Elena attended The School of Visual Arts, where she earned her BFA.  She has worked as an illustrator, instructor and fine artist.

In addition, she has received numerous awards, corporate and private portrait commissions and has exhibited work in a variety of genre and media.  Most meaningful to her is her illustration work featured in 3x3 Magazine for Contemporary Illustration and a collaborative illustration with a young artist published in BIG Kids Magazine.  She is proud to work with PoetsandArtists and has been has work represented on Artsy for 33 Contemporary Gallery. Elena has illustrated two award winning children's picture books, The Birds of the Harbor, and A Night of Tamales and Roses.  She is the author and illustrator of a non-fiction picture book about young female artists titled Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.

Recent Juried Exhibitions/Awards:/Publications

American Art Collector 2024 March, "Feminism"

33PA Fall Collector Preview 2023

American Art Collector 2023 Upcoming and Solo Group Shows "Wonder Woman" Image and Interview

PoetsArtists Magazine Summer 2023

Mujer 33 Contemporary Gallery 2023-Lunar Codex Time Capsule

NOAPS Juried Associate online exhibition 2022 

NOAPS International online juried exhibition 2021

Allied Artists of America 108th juried annual exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, 2021

NOAPS Associate Member online juried exhibition, 2021

Glamberton Magazine, Vol. 1, London, England, Interview and four page spread, 2021

NOAPS online Spring exhibition 2021

Ridgewood Art Institute juried online exhibition, 2021

The Cooper Beach Foundation Award, 40th Regional Open Juried Show 2020 at Ridgewood ARt Institute

Portrait Society of America Members Competition 2019  Finalist Commissioned Portrait

Allied Artists of America, Inc. 106th Annual Exhibition 2019, Salmagundi Club, New York, New, New York

Bill Fornaci Memorial Award for Oil Painting 39th Annual Regional Open Juried Show at the Ridgewood Art Institute 2019

Finalist Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition "Outside the Box" Catagory

"Contain Her" Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2018

National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Online International Spring 2018 exhibit

Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition

National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society 2017 Online International Spring Exhibition

Portrait Society of America Members Competition 2016  Awarded Sixth Place in Non-Commissioned Portrait

NAWA "A Sight For Sore Eyes" Online Exhibition 2016

Finalist "Art Kudos ' Online International 2016

"Summer Small Works" National Association of Women Artists, The NAWA Gallery NY, NY 2016

"Obstruction" Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ 2016

"Old Enough to Know Better" Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, Crane Arts- Gallery 105, Philadelphia, PA  2015

"Women Painting Women"  Principal Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina   2014

Solo Exhibition "Girls In Sight"  Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ  2014




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