Olena Kurzel

Olena Kurzel (b. 2000, Yuzhnoukrainsk) is a Ukrainian artist. She lives and works in Kyiv. Kurzel is currently studying as an Easel Art senior at the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. In her artistic work, Kurzel deals with such topics as self-identification, violence, and loneliness. She uses painting and small plastic art as her mediums.
Key subjects in Kurzel's artistic work are oblivion, loneliness, and death. The latter is only implied in her artworks but not present. These images haunt a person during their entire life. They are an inseparable part of a person. The individual, facing the unknown, is constantly anticipating one’s death. Afraid of oblivion and loneliness, a person is trying to escape from them.
Kurzel took part in such projects, as "Don't close your eyes", Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA (2022), "Resistance", Baroque Gallery App, Kyiv (2022), Art Auction BER4UA, Berlin (2022), "Space surrounding me, space inside of me", Gallery of the Corners Auction House, Kyiv (2021), "Exhibition of non-existent art", the "Plast-Art" museum of modern art, Chernihiv (2021), "New Pleiades", Museum of Lesya Ukrainka, Kyiv (2018), a solo exhibition in "Gard" gallery, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Ukraine (2018), an exhibition dedicated to the 80th anniversary of establishing the Taras Shevchenko State Art School in the museum of Maksym Rylskyi, Kyiv (2018), "Art for future", Consulate General of Ukraine in Munich (2017).