Jel Ena is a Serbian born multi-media artist living in her adopted home of Los Angeles. She comes from a family of professional artists in every field who supported her pursuit of the fine arts. Jel Ena attended the Academy of Fine Art, Univesity of Belgrade, where she received her MFA in painting. She has been showing in galleries around the world where her work is widely collected, as well as freelancing in the movie, television, and video game industry as a designer.
Jel Ena’s work displays a mastery of the figure and color. Her style is instantly recognizable and extraordinarily matchless in its visualization. Utilizing her mastery of acrylic/oil paints, pastels, graphite and colored pencils; intricate emotions and hyper surreal visions are born and enchant every viewer into her dark sensual dreamscape.
“Sexuality and eroticism in art continue to be taboos in our society, even at this day and age. It is sad that the human race has a problem evolving on that matter. We, as a society, are still ashamed of our bodies and uncomfortable with nudity. That is not my problem. I feel a very strong connection to nudes and I have been drawn to them and their radiance (to say the least) since I started making art. To me, the nude body is a body in its purest and most beautiful form. It is how we came to this world, naked. Nature made us like that, yet we proclaim it as shameful.
I don’t think about sexuality and eroticism when I create, things just happen. I suppose people see my work as female eroticism because I draw a lot of nudes, sometimes more than one in a composition. They see it as erotic; I see it as a dialogue. The dialogue that occurs first between me and my work, then it is off to the world to converse with a viewer.” – Jel Ena (Beautiful Bizarre Magazine)