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About the Artist

Alena Dergileva

Alena Dergileva

  • 1975 graduated from the arts and crafts faculty of Moscow State Textile Institute
  • 1982-1984 fellowship program of the Artists’ Union of the USSR
  • 1984-1987 studied in the art graphic studio of the Academy of Arts of the USSR led by O.Vereisky
  • Since 1974 participates in local and foreign exhibitions
  • Since 1983 the member of the Artists’ Union of Russia
  • 1981 the second award of youth association of MOSKH “The Best Artworks of 1981”
  • 1984 diploma of the international “Contemporary” contest of young artists of the USSR and Czech Republic
  • 2004 first award of the International Art Fund contest in the name of V.Popkov
  • 2007 the medal “Worthy” from the Academy of Arts
  • 2008 the book “My Own Moscow” is published
  • 2010 the book “Moscow – Home Album” is published (monography)
  • 2012 first award from the Moscow State in the field of literature and arts


Also works in easel graphics and book illustration

The participant of the big amount of local, Russian and international art exhibitions since 1974

More than 20 solo exhibitions have been held since 1985

Her works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, The State Historical Museum, Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow History Museum, Krasnoyarsk branch of the Academy of Arts, Leo Tolstoy Museum (Moscow), Russian Minestry of Culture, Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany), Art Gallery of Dortmund (Germany), Hungarian National Museum and other museums and European, Asian and American private collections

“Dergileva draws from nature, straight away, using the needle and a varnished etching board. She has a dynamic, manly, certain touch. Her creativity, ravenous aspiration to show her view as soon as possible, to express her attitude to the people make her work fast. Sometimes she immediately makes corrections over the original picture. But all these corrections or removals add the certain dynamics, flexible sharpness to the picture”

O.Vereisky, academician

“Her etchings are on the brink of the book illustration and their traditions by her concept’s nature, cultural associations, perception of style, and her literary “novelistic” core. But it is still an easel form, appealing to the dual-depth: spatial and psychological. The same interesting combination of literary element, like the story beginning, with the easel feature: emotionality of the wide uncertain field, psychological ambiguity, inexpressible mood, all of these definitions are the inherent features of her portrait artworks”

A.Cantor, art critic