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Fine Art | Gallery | Nadia Klionsky
Nadia Klionsky
As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by nature— its majesty, mystery, and above all else, the absolute sense of timelessness.

Artist Statement

As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by nature— its majesty, mystery, and above all else, the absolute sense of timelessness. I have been enchanted by atmospheric conditions that produce fog and haze, evoking the still mood of tranquility. I have been drawn to scenes that convey the passage of time, such as twilight, sunsets and sunrises. What is most important to me is not just the realistic rendition of a landscape, but the feeling, mood, and emotions that it inspires. I am most interested in capturing the poetry of these moments, and in this sense my point of view is similar to that of the Tonalist school of painters.

While traveling through Maine and the greater New England some years ago, I was struck by the remarkable similarity between the Cathedral Woods on Monhegan Island and the Russian countryside where I spent many summer growing up. I'm engrained in this reminiscence, this reminder of the relativity of time that I try to convey in my work.

About the Artist

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Nadia Klionsky began her classical art training at the prestigious Intermediate Art School, which is affiliated with the world-renowned St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. This training instilled in her an appreciation for traditional landscape painting. After immigrating with her family to the United States at age thirteen, she continued to pursue this style while studying at the Cooper Union in New York City, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art in Philadelphia, from which she graduated with a BFA in painting.

Ms. Klionsky's exhibition record includes gallery and museum venues in the United States and abroad, among them early museum exhibitions in St. Petersburg, Russia, and "Outstanding Young Artists of New York City" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1978. She has been selected by a panel of distinguished international art critics, curators, scholars, and historians as one of a few artists representing the United States among 35 other countries for the 1999 Biennale Internationale Dell'Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. In 2008, Nadia Klionsky's paintings were exhibited in the 2008 Biennial of Contemporary American Realism in Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her work has appeared in several publications, such as Architectural Digest Magazine, and in 1997 she was featured in the book "New American Paintings" published by Open Studio Press, Massachusetts.

Most recently, Ms. Klionsky was awarded the Florence & Irwin Zlowe Memorial award for best painting, presented by the National Association of Women Artists at the National Arts Club in New York City.  

Klionsky lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.



1996         Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA

         Curated by Jeannie Baroutsis

1993         Frank Bustamante Gallery, New York, NY

         Curated by Frank Bustamante

1988         Danville Museum of Fine Arts, Danville, VA

         Curated by C. Parker Boggs


2010         National Arts Club, New York City

         121st Annual Exhibition of National Association of Women Artists (Award)

2010         Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

         Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts

         99th Annual Juried Exhibition

         Juried by Douglas Gillette and Diane Marinaro

2009             Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

         Annual Member's Exhibition. Curated by Jodi Haupman, Department of Drawings,  

                    Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

2009         The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey

         National Association of Women Artists- Celebrating 120 Years

         Curated by Dorrie Papademetriou

2008         The George Segal Gallery at the Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

         Art Connections- Juried Exhibition. Juror: Patricia G. Selden

2008             Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana

         "2008 Biennial: Contemporary American Realism"

                    Curated by Sachi Yanari-Rizzo (Catalogue)

2006-2010    Mast Cove Galleries, Kennebunkport, ME

                     "The Artist's Choice"- New Works by Gallery Artists

                     Curated by Jean Briggs

2000-2005    Hammer Galleries, New York- 57th Street

     Annual Exhibitions of Gallery Artists. (Catalogues)

2000         Federation Galleries, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

         “Aim for Arts”- International Art Exhibition

                    Sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Artists

         Curated by Soula Groumoutis

2000         Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, NY

             Juried Exhibition of "Russian Art Around the World", curated by Yuko Nii

             and Kevin Vais. Covered by NBC News

1999         "Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea", Florence, Italy

         (individual installation). Selected by international curatorial panel. (Catalogue)

1998         The C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ

         Third Annual Invitational Women's Show

                    Curated by Sarah Bober

1997         Chuck Levitan Gallery, New York City

         "Figurative Expressions"- 3 Person Exhibiiton

         Curated by Elaine Wechsler

1996         The C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ

         "Pulling Back the Curtain: Women Artists from Former Soviet Union"- Invitational Exhibition

                     Curated by Sarah Bober (Reviews)

1994         Art Initiatives, New York, NY

         Invitational salon exhibition, curated by Michael Walls

1993         Cooperstown Art Association Museum, Cooperstown, NY

         "58th Annual National Exhibition".  Juried by Ivan Karp, Director, O.K. Harris Gallery, NYC

1987         Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, NY

         “National/International Artists”- invitational exhibition

         Curated by Ruth Siegel

1978         The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

         “Outstanding Young Artists in New York City” curatorial team from museum


Contemporary American Realism, Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Catalog, 2008. Pgs. 64, 121

Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Second Edition. Published by Arte Studio- Florence, Italy, 1999. Pgs.135, 141

New American Paintings, catalogue of the 10th New York City Competition Winners.  Published by Open Studio Press, Wellesley, MA, June 1997. National publication.  Cover illustration and two-page spread with pictures. Selection Juror:  Ivan Karp, Director O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY

Architectural Digest, National periodical, March 1997, pgs. 124-135.  Illustrations

Novoye Russkoye Slovo- Russian Daily Newspaper, March 30, 1996. "Our Women in America", written by

Irina Tatarinov

V Novom Svete- Russian Daily Newspaper, March 15, 1996. "Five Portraits in the Interior of New York",

Written by Sergey Zdanov

ARTspeak, Monthly New York City Gallery Review, March, 1992. "New Talents are Always Personal", written by Abraham Ilein

Art in America, 1990. “Nadia Klionsky: A Studio Visit”, by Gerrit Henry/Staff Writer

The Danville Register, Danville, VA Daily Newspaper, August 15, 1988. "Klionsky Mixes Abstract and Nature",

Written by Bob McFadden

The Danville Register, Danville, VA Daily Newspaper, August 14, 1988. "Museum to Hold Opening Reception", Op-Ed

Novoye Russkoye Slovo- Russian Daily Neswpaper, NYC December 6, 1986. "In the Studio of Nadia Klionsky", written by Vyacheslav Zavalishin/Staff Writer

Novoye Russkoye Slovo- Russian Daily Newspaper, 1980. "Debut of Nadia Klionsky", written

By Vyacheslav Zavalishin/Staff Writer


2010         Florence & Irwin Zlowe Memorial Award for the best work on canvas, presented by

     National Association of Women Artists at the National Arts Club, New York, NY


Mast Cove Galleries, Kennebunkport, ME

Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME


BFA in Painting- 1982

Philadelphia College of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts- 1980-1982

Honors. Independent Study. Studied with Will Barnet & Sidney Goodman

Cooper Union, New York City- 1978-1979

Studied with Jack Berthot and Irwing Petlin

High School of Music & Art, New York City- 1974-1978

Intermediate Art School at the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Academy of Fine Arts- 1971-1974

New York, NY


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