Elina Evstig

Elina’s journey in art, spanning a decade, mirrors a personal evolution following a major life transition. In her Berlin studio, she channels her experiences into her paintings, embracing the fluidity of oil to explore themes from her new environment. Her oeuvre is a testament to the highs and lows of her craft, characterized by a blend of realism and abstract techniques. Her passion shines through in her depictions of people, particularly women, capturing their essence and complexities.

“Sleep on dream on” is an intimate portrayal of youthful exuberance, dreams, and the unbound spirit, all set against the backdrop of Berlin’s unique aesthetic. The painting, resonant with the city’s vibe, draws its title from The Chemical Brothers’ track, encapsulating the very heart of Berlin’s culture.

Recently, Elina faced rejection from an International Competition of Contemporary Art, a testament to the competitive nature of the art world. Yet, undeterred, she views this as an integral part of her artistic journey.

By contributing to the Salon de Refusées, Elina brings not just her art but her story of perseverance and adaptability. Her presence reinforces the Salon’s mission to celebrate art and artists who continue to create and dream despite facing setbacks. Elina stands as a beacon of inspiration, embodying the Salon’s spirit of resilience and the shared experiences of artists worldwide.


The “Salon de Refusées” is an art initiative inspired by the historic 1863 Paris exhibition. It’s a platform celebrating female (read) artists who’ve faced rejection, turning exclusion into empowerment. Our project is dedicated to showcasing art in its most authentic form, creating a space where diverse voices and stories are seen and revered. Join us in this artistic uprising, where each piece adds to our resilience and the unyielding spirit of creativity. Participate in our Open Call and be part of this transformative journey.