Verba Art Encyclopedia of Contemporary Art is pleased to introduce you to the artist Nella Genkina.
Nella Genkina was born in Perm, in a family of teachers who instilled in her a love of learning and art.
She graduated from the Physics department of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, has been teaching physics at the university for 7 years, and then worked as a research scientist at the Gorky Research Institute of Physics and Technology.
Nella Genkina is a candidate of physical and mathematical sciences. She defended a thesis titled "Effect of ion implantation on the structural and optical properties of thin films".
In 1998–2010, Nella had been learning painting at the Nizhny Novgorod Art College. Then she continued to improve her artistic skills in the workshops of the teachers of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, as well as of the Stroganov Moscow State Academy of Arts and Industry.
Nella had more than 20 solo exhibitions held in Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow, and Helsinki, and participated in numerous national and international art fairs, including those in France (2018), Israel (2018), and the Philippines (2004).
The key themes she explores in her artworks are seascapes, historical portraits, ancient Slavic mythology, and Orthodox scenes.
In the portrait genre, Nella Genkina created a gallery of images of significant historical figures of Russia, reconstructing their appearance according to the descriptions of historians and contemporaries.
As Nella Genkina grew fond of Slavic mythology, it became a key theme of her later work, and afterwards she turned to the history of Russian Christianity.
Her scientific mindset has had a significant impact on her work, in which she abundantly uses three-dimensional design and the golden ratio derived from the Fibonacci sequence. In this her artworks are distinguished from the works of academic artists.
Her credo is to follow her inspiration, the laws of beauty, and to bring joy to others.