About the artist
Born and raised in Chicago, Sheldene Schlesinger always had a
broad interest in creative pursuits. She developed a natural eye for
art at an early age and also enjoyed performing and acting.
Sheldene went on to study theatre arts including, design, lighting,
set design and construction at the Goodman Theatre in the Art
Institute of Chicago.
After graduating Sheldene relocated to New York and began a
varied career in the vibrant New York theatre scene working both on
and off Broadway. She also worked in Television and began to
develop a wider interest in art. As her passion for art grew Sheldene
established an interesting personal portfolio and made pieces for her
friends and family. Through these early compositions her reputation
as an expressive visionary spread and her works were included in
private and corporate collections throughout the US and the rest of
the world. She has also written and illustrated several children’s
books including “The Do Nothin’ Cat” and “Max’s Dream”.
Sheldene is an artist of diverse talents who works in a wide range of
disciplines such as painting, collage, sculpture and photography. “I
like to work in different media and interpret my visions and feelings
through experimentation. My Goal is always to communicate the
spirit of my subject,” she said when asked about her work. “I’m
trying to strip the subject back to its very essence to reveal the inner
identity ”. Splitting her time between Manhattan and her studio in
East Hampton has resulted in a wealth of contrasting inspiration. She
creates works from her own unique insight and experiences using the
exploration of the media as her vehicle.