Shelly Malkin grew up in New York City and attended the Dalton School. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Art History and a minor in European Cultural Studies. She then taught at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York.
She studied painting at the School of Visual Arts and at the National Academy of Design under Serge Hollerbach in New York City, and at the Silvermine Arts Center and the Renaissance Workshop of Dmitri Wright in Connecticut.
Malkin is an environmentalist and a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She is a passionate outdoorswoman and an avid rock climber and skier. The outdoor scenes that she experiences often provide her with inspiration for her paintings. Her large- scale watercolors sensitively combine mica and iridescent pigments to create sweeping panoramas that are at the same time intimate and vast
As she says, “I don’t plan each piece beforehand, and I don’t really know what will be the end result, but the journey is exciting.”
Malkin has participated in group shows at The National Academy of Design and at the Greenwich Art Society and has had a number of solo exhibitions at Arcadia Gallery in Old Greenwich and at the Audubon Gallery. Her first New York solo show opened at the Graham Gallery on April 4th, 2013. She is currently working on another show to open later this year.
Malkin lives and works in Greenwich, CT and in Aspen, CO.