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Selina Narovlansky

Boston Center for the Arts
551 Tremont Street, studio #407
Boston, MA 02116

My Pallet Blues

My Pallet, 2011, Abstract painting and monotype on silk, made with textile dyes

Blues, 2016, Ink painting on rice paper

Short Bio

Selina Narovlansky received her Master‘s Degree in Applied Art, specializing in textiles, from Stroganoff College of Fine Arts and Design in Moscow, Russia. Ms. Narovlansky gained recognition working as a successful exhibit and interior artist/designer for the National Foundation of Art and Design, was a member of the Moscow Artist Union and participant of the renowned Senesh Experimental Design Studio. Selina’s works have been extensively exhibited at national and regional art shows in Russia.

Once in the United States, Ms. Narovlansky established her studio at Boston Center for the Arts, where she has been working as a painter and textile designer. She become a member of New England Artist Trust, participant of the Congresses, and recipient of several grants from Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Selina Narovlansky’s work encompasses a broad spectrum of drawing, painting, and mixed media, from subtle watercolors to decorative fabric, three-dimensional modeling and installations, she creates highly disciplined multi-faced art.

For the past 20 years, Selina has been developing original techniques of painting on silk, which she uses to create signature pieces of clothes and abstract compositions for the wall. Her fabric designs have been commissioned by Mary McFadden, Oscar de la Renta and Tosca Couture.

Her work has been widely exhibited at the shows and in galleries in New England and nationwide.

Selina’s art has been acquired for private and official collections. She is a member of United South End Artists of Boston, Silk Painters International, World Shibori International.


  • 1961–67 | MA in Decorative Art specializing in textile for interior, Stroganov College of Art & Design, Moscow, Russia
  • 1973–77 | Post-Graduate Design Seminars “Senesh”, Moscow, Russia
  • 1994– | Museum of Fine Art School, Boston, MA
  • 1997– | Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Seminar

Work in USA:

  • 1990–97 | Art related Companies including Boston Ballet, Visual Design Associates, Boston, Textile Design Studios, NY
  • 1998–2011 | Painting on silk/textile design for Wearable Art, Lynx-Stone Design Studio, Owner


  • 1994–2016 | BCA, Open Studios
  • 1994–2017 | Solo and Two Persons, MA, NY, NC
  • 1991–2014 | Group Exhibitions and Shows, New England and Nationwide
  • 2011–2017 | BCA Artists Studios Building Exhibitions, Mills Gallery, Boston

Recent exhibitions:

  • 2017
    • The Forest, Stage Decoration for The Russian Theatre Company performance, Brighton, MA
    • Trunk show, Solo performance, Dahlia Fiber Art Gallery, SOWA, Boston
    • Real / Ideal ASB Summer EXhibition, Mills Gallery, Boston
    • Recent works…, Solo Exhibition, The South End Public Branch Library
  • 2016
    • From Understated to…, Salon, seARTS, Gloucester, MA
    • BCA Open Studios
    • Placemaking Objects, ASB, Summer Exhibition, Mills Gallery
    • Museum of Modern Renessance, Performance, Somerville, MA
    • Artist Loan, Bass Rock Golf Club, Gloucester
  • 2015
    • Celebrate Wearable Art, seARTS, Gloucester
    • The Triggering Town, Details of Subtle Significance, ASB Winter Exhibition
    • In Memory of Teresa, USEA, Harriet Tubman Gallery, Boston, MA


Medium/method-1-Painting on silk with Procion MX dyes:
Hand mixed dyes applied immediately to all fabric, producing unpredictable colors and patterns

2-Ink Painting on rice paper
Ink applied to wet rice paper spontaneously, without drawing, colors mixed on wet surface, then detailed drawing with ink

Statement of the concept: Experiment with Color.

Over the past 15 years I developed an original technique of painting on silk, a unique process that combines monotype printing with painting to produce striking colors and patterns, I was fascinated with the endless possibilities of work with color. These brilliant fabrics are like twenty century abstract art superimposed on the centures old tradition of painting on silk. My color combinations, and patterns generated by this technique, produce different kinds of landscape and seascape surfaces with which I create my compositions.

In my other technique of ink painting on rice paper I draw my inspiration sometimes from imagery of the large areas of landscapes seeing like from a pilot view.

Both of these techniques are spontaneous and allow me to experiment with color.

Interest and perspective:

I am interested in developing my work for installations using my fabric, as a continuation of my experience at the Mills Gallery Exhibits and from my previous experience in large scale 3D compositions.

I am looking for new possibilities for my work with fiber. I’d like to teach children how to draw and paint watercolor, teach adults fabric collage and painting on rice paper, and teach art students designing for wearable art.

Currently involved: Spirit of the Earth Store/Boutique, Santa Fe, NM Dahlia Gallery, SOWA, Boston, MA



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