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Discover Elena DISABATO



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Elena Disabato is a painter and mixed media artist living in the Logan Square neighborhood of her hometown, Chicago. Following college at Syracuse University (BFA ’00) with a semester in Florence, Italy studying Renaissance painting, she lived in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, curating the fine art portion of bi-monthly “Art & Science” events at Galapagos Art Space, until 2006 when she returned to Chicago. Three of her pieces were shown in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for the Sustainable Architecture Chicago exhibit in tandem with Bruce Mao’s Massive Change exhibit. She took a hiatus from creative expression to forge a career marketing for architects, which proved to only stifle her ability to make Art. Beginning in 2018, she reintroduced herself to her creative process and pursued securing over a dozen commissions in the next 2 years. In 2020 she decided to leave the architecture industry and pursue making Art full time. She has been making new work regularly ever since and is actively taking commissions.

  • Born Date: 1978

  • United States

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The Red Kimono Design, Inc. collection could be described as both mid-century modern-meets-psychedelic abstraction, and surrealist figurative. Elena Disabato, founder, has created mostly abstract work since 2019. She also does cityscapes, pet portraits, figurative and representational work in a variety of media. There are two components to this collection: Unreal and Real. Abstraction is the theme of Unreal, breaking down uncommon objects into both linear and amorphous forms – sometimes combined in the same composition. The Real category depicts figurative work, usually intertwined with an object or animal that evokes an unsettled feeling within sometimes traditional depictions of figurative work. TECHNIQUES Oil on canvas or board and watercolor on paper or illustration board are Elena’s most common methods for creating art. Integrating metallics is her signature design move, bringing sheen andunexpected depth to her work. An often-used overlay technique incorporates Swarovski crystal rhinestones as a decorative yet integral finish. She also is adept at drawing cityscapes, portraits, and abstract work in charcoal, conte, pastel, China marker, ink, colored pencils, and graphite.

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