{the interview series} Yelena Bryksenkova

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

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O nome pode não ser fácil de pronunciar, mas quem vê o seu trabalho não o esquece! Yelena Bryksenkova ilustra com delicadeza e precisão um imaginário de meninas-mulher onde dá vontade de habitar... enquanto se bebe um chá ou lê um livro. Eu pedi-lhe para conversar comigo e ela aceitou - espero que gostem da leitura!

The name may not be easy to pronounce, but who sees her work doesn't forget it! Yelena Bryksenkova illustrates with delicacy and precision an imaginary world of girls that you feel like admiring while drinking a nice cup of tea or reading a book. I asked her to have a talk with me and she accepted - enjoy the reading!

Yelena Bryksenkova

Tell us...
1. who is Yelena Bryksenkova?
I am a Russian-born, American illustrator and fine artist. I studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, and now I live in New England.

2. have you become what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I will always be working on becoming who I wanted to be; there are many things that I still want to accomplish and experiences that I want to have, but I think I have made a good start. I am learning to go with the flow and enjoy the surprises in life that dictate where I go next.

3. what inspires you to create?
Nature, travel, the work of favorite artists such as J.W. Waterhouse, Valentin Serov, Georges Barbier, books that I read, music - it can be a beautiful phrase or a combination of colors that gives me an idea for a new painting. Melancholy, unrequited love, heartbreak can also be very inspiring.

Share with us...
4. your artistic media of choice.
Pen and watercolor, a little bit of white ink and acrylic gouache

5. the favorite corner of your workspace.
On my desk I have a collection of blue and white ceramic things that hold my paintbrushes and paints: a Delft flower brick, a Czech mug, and a small Japanese bowl.

6. a day at work.
I spend the day working on sketches, writing emails, going to the post office, errands. In the evening I like to sit down and start working on final pieces, and I work well into the night, listening to music or watching favorite TV shows and films.

7. a business tip.
Constructive criticism should be accepted as a means of helping you turn a good idea into a great one, but sometimes it's okay to speak up for yourself if you strongly disagree. A client will have the last word, but it is important to create work that you can proudly stand behind.

8. an advice to your younger you.
The best way to get over shyness and take control in a social situation is to take interest in other people and ask them questions about themselves.

9. a plan to the future.
I plan to complete at least one artist residency and possibly continue education.

Pick one...
10. personality that influences you.
Tove Jansson.

11. book you think everyone should read.
André Maurois' Letters to An Unknown Lady.

12. unforgettable movie.
Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World.

13. city to fall in love with.

14. favorite food and drink.
Favorite food is grilled salmon; favorite drink is tea.

15. guilty pleasure.
Freak TV shows like My Strange Addiction and Jersey Shore !


  1. great feature for a great artist! I absolutely love her work :-)


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