A native of New York City, Elen Feinberg has lived and painted in New Mexico since 1978. Working primarily in oil, she uses subjects ranging from the landscapes of the desert Southwest to oceans, and from atmospheric events to interstellar phenomena. Although inspired and informed by the natural world, her paintings are not literal interpretations of the earth and sky, rather they are inventions intended to shift nature and the visual world from the concrete to the sublime.
Elen’s work is included in numerous museum and corporate collections in the US. She has held several artist-in-residence grants both here and abroad and she is the recipient of numerous awards from prestigious organizations such as the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.
Since her retirement as a Regent’s Professor at the University of New Mexico, where she taught drawing and painting for over 30 years, Elen has pursued the themes that have been at the center of her paintings for four decades: earth, water, sky, and our perception of light.
Elen received her BFA from Cornell University and her MFA from Indiana University.
If you'd like to learn more, you can download an academic summary of her earlier work which appears in the 2011 Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, by clicking HERE.