Elena Soterakis is a Brooklyn based visual artist whose work explores the conflict between America’s throw-away society and the preservation of our environment. “Ecocide,” her most recent series, was created out of a deep concern for the natural world; it is a commentary on unchecked consumerism, corporatism, and monoculture – which is causing the destruction of the planet.
Soterakis’ work has recently been exhibited nationally at the Center for Contemporary Political Art in Washington D.C. and Winter Street Gallery in Houston, Texas. In addition, she has exhibited throughout New York at the Flowers Gallery, The Islip Museum, The Long Island Museum, Sotheby’s, the NPR/WNYC Jerome L. Greene Space. She has received a fellowship from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and attended their summer residency program, and was a chosen participant in the New York Foundation for the Arts MARK Program.
In Spring of 2017, Northwestern University Press published Soterakis’ artwork as the over cover image for William Olsen’s 6th anthology of poems, Techno-Rage. His work is a meditative ode to nature that questions the ways of the world and new technology.
Soterakis received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from The School of Visual Arts. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at Suffolk County Community College and the City University of New York’s Stella and Charles Guttman Community College.