Evelina Brozgul was born in Sukhumi, Georgia, a small port town on the Black Sea. She came to the US in 1978. Her formal training in painting began in New York City when she was 11 years old, with a Russian painter, Vasily Sitnikov, who was part of the Unofficial Artists’ Movement in the USSR. Later, Evelina was under the tutoring of Mikhail Verbov who was the last living apprentice of the famous Russian realist, Ilya Repin. Since her early age, she has attended art schools in New York City.
In 1990 Evelina graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. The two years following her baccalaureate, she spent her post college years in an Italian school for painting restoration (conservation), L’Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro in Florence, Italy. There earned a degree in restoration of paintings on canvas and wood as well fluency in the Italian language.
Upon her return to New York City she began practicing restoration. For a short time she worked at the New York Academy of Design in the Conservation Laboratory and then began freelancing. John Singer Sargent, Luca Giordano, Palma Vecchio, Pierfrancesco Mola, Jose Ribera and Francisco de Zurbaran were among some of the numerous old master paintings that Evelina Brozgul has restored for private collections in her studio in Queens, NY. She worked intensely for seven years with art dealers and private collectors in New York.
During her post-graduate schools in New York and in Florence, she continued to paint and teach painting and drawing to the younger generations. In 1997 she moved to Boston to begin her studies for her Master’s Degree in Painting. Three years later, in 2000 she completed her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts in Boston and at the end of her last year of graduate school she won a prestigious Joan Mitchell Grant of $10,000, awarded yearly to select 10 art graduate students in the country. Since then she has exhibited in NYC, and throughout Massachusetts. Her work has been locally shown in Boston’s South End, Marblehead and Charlestown as well as in Maine, Florida and other areas of the US. She exhibits with the Charlestown Artists Group and has been part of the group from its early stages.
After completing her Masters, Evelina stayed In Boston to teach at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University as well as in the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. In the past few years, she also taught at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA and at the Weymouth Recreation Center where she ran a yearly children’s art workshop. Presently she works at the New Art Center in Newton and spends a large portion of her time teaching in her private studio in Sharon where she gives private and semi-private lessons to 28 students a week.