Estonian painter Jaan Elken (b.1954) has been a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association since 1981. In 1995-1999 he has been chairman of the Estonian Painters’ Association and in1999–2013 president of Estonian Artists’ Association. In 1997–2018 he has been working as a professor of Chair of Painting at the University of Tartu Institute Cultural Research and Fine Art. Since 2018 he is a Professor Emeritus at the University Tartu Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He started his artist career with hyper-realistic paintings in 1970s and has since become one of the most significant abstract painters in Estonian art. Elken has held more than 70 personal exhibitions, including in the Museum of New Art in Pärnu (2009, 2014), Tallinn Art Hall (2005), Tartu Art Museum (2005), Adamson-Eric Museum (2000), in addition to exhibitions in Berlin, Kiev, Helsinki, Riga etc. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including: 2018/2019 The X-Files [Registry of the Nineties] – Kumu Art Museum; 2016 Cold Look. Variation of Hyperrealism in Estonian Art – Kumu Art Museum; 2015 Nord Art 2015 – Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Rendsburg/Büdelsdorf; 2014 Tallinn S`Invite À Carcassonne – Chapelle des Jesuites, Carcassonne; 2013 In between zwischen Energie und Materie – Alte Oberpostdirektion, Hamburg; 2012 In Between New Abstraction & New Concretion – Klaipeda Culture Communication Center; 2012 Art Vilnius’12 International contemporary art fair – Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre (Litexpo); 2011 Mystics and Moderns: Painting in Estonia before Glasnost –Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Rutgers The State University of New Jersey etc. His works belong to the art collections of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers, New Jersey; The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union), CAM_Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (Naples), Tretyakov Gallery, Ivanovsky Art Museum, Matthew Bown Gallery, European Parliament, Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, The Museum of New Art in Pärnu and many other collections around the world.