“My approach to art evokes a Wittgensteinian philosophical equation which holds that, ultimately, the reality of existence is something which cannot be reduced to logic or pure fact or, as Renoir had it: ‘There is something in the painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential,'” says Serguei Zlenko, born in 1960 in Georgia, educated in Moscow and now based in Helsinki, Finland. “While the tradition of realism constitutes the foundation of my art, the works always approach reality as a challenge, as something which must be interrogated by both painter and viewer.”

Serguei Zlenko at work

Serguei Zlenko’s subjects include detailed topographical studies (land- and seascapes), ballet rehearsals and performances, carnivals, domestic portraits and mysterious surreal works containing marionettes and sculptures and quills and parchments. One notable work shows a shower of currency notes. All paintings are bright and colourful, radiating some very positive vibes.

The artist is a member of both Russian and Finnish Artist’s Associations. His work is found in galleries and collections in Ireland, Finland, Sweden, France, United States and his native Georgia.

Discover more on the website www.zlenko.net, Saatchi Art (www.saatchiart.com/kobuleti) and Artfinder profiles (www.artfinder.com/serguei-zlenko). Serguei Zlenko also runs a painting course. Details on www.facebook.com/zlenko.painting.course.

Images used with permission.


A Seascape


Venetian Window


Red on Green


Summer in the City






A Landscape


Rain of Money


Three Graces


Vappu the May Festival


Strings of Destiny


Fortune Teller


Two videos from the artist:




9 thoughts on “Zlenko

  1. probably not the best analogy, but the style recalls to me old language textbooks we used in school, i believe it was called encore tricolor. these are obviously much better & the contexts are much more interesting, but the feeling of a sort of idyllic way of seeing progressives is here, almost like he is mockingly painting his creative world like that.


      1. he is a bit. very fertile imagination & an astonishing ability to see similarities between objects which allows him to create such masterful surrealism. his painting of the elephants with french horns for trunks blows my mind, pun intended.

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    1. Thank you, Uncle. I have a lot more coming! In addition to paintings, photography and literature, fashion and interiors…


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