Yeltsin Penado (b. 1990, Los Angeles, CA) studied Painting and Community Arts Engagement at Otis College of art and design (BFA, 2018). He lives and works in Long Beach, CA. He is inspired by philosophical narratives and their connection to historical events; Yeltsin explores their meaning in a contemporary setting through painting, writings, video, and sculpture. Yeltsin’s paintings investigate Natural pigment processes, dyes and fibers through research of ancient recipes and trade practices. Yeltsin’s writings are informed by digital media, video-gaming, architecture, nature and science-fiction; Yeltsin often produces digital and mechanical forms of art that are experimental and take utilize the human senses. Yeltsin’s videos and films are often narratives and performances that are overlapped, looped, projected and live streamed. Yeltsin utilizes 3D modeling, photography, video game engines, and video encoding software to capture improvised scenes and informal interactions with technology. Yeltsin’s sculptures are often installations that can only be experienced through sensory and immersive experiences that can be social or temporary.
Yeltsin prefers to work on multiple projects at once, and collaboratively.