Born in Siberia, Russia

Lives in Los Angeles, California

2012 BA, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture

2018 MFA, California State University in Long Beach

Awards and Residency

2017 Now Space LA gallery collaborative residency with Emily Marchand.

2016  CSULB School of Arts Scholarship Award

2016 F*ART CSULB Fiber Department juried exhibition award, Long beach CA

2015 Windes Corporate Gallery Award, Long Beach, CA

Art Lab Symposium-Residency, Academia Luciana, Civitella D’Agliano, Italy

2014 Visiting artist at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Feed Us Fund Us Art Grant

2011 Steward and Linda Resnick Scholarship

2009 Stiefel & Dockweiller Foundation Scholarship


Selected Solo and two-person Exhibitions

2018 Hepl Yourself, Lena Wolek, MFA thesis exhibition, Merlino, CSU Long Beach

2017 Brittle Peace, Emily Marchand and Lena Wolek, Now Space, Los Angeles

2017 Unslick, Gatov Gallery at CSULB, Long Beach, CA

2017 Arbitraitor's Clauset: Egyptian Arts & Antiques, Beverly Hills, CA


2014 Dancing and Dueling: Lena and Joe Wolek, SAC Gallery, Santa Ana, CA 

2014 A-Wearness, Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Santa Monica College Theater, Santa Monica ,CA


Selected Group Exhibitions


Other Places Art Fair, Emily Marchand and Lena Wolek & Now Space in San Pedro, CA


Everything Must Go, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Fair, Brickell City Centre, Miami, Florida

Peace Love and Light, Kunstraum Dreieich, Frankfurt, Germany

Image.I, Dalton Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA

Selfreliance, Now Space LA, Los Angeles, CA

Red on Red: Faux Sho, Balcony Coffee Company + Coffeemode, LA

Feminist Video Art Festival, The Situation Room gallery, Los Angeles. CA

Cross Town Traffic, SoLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Spy vs Spy. Joe and Lena Wolek. Disassembled Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

ANDLAB, Brewery Artwalk, Los Angeles, CA

SoCalMFA 2017, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA

Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach CA,

Videohouse, Deslave Gallery, Tijuana, Mexico.

Black and White, Deutsche Bildung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Three-Two-One, ArtFlash, featured in Soul Sanctuary on Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA

Grab Bag Pop Shop, Grab Bag Studio, Long Beach, CA

Verge, LOFT at South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA

Three-Two-One, Artflash at Venice, Venice, CA

FUtopia, BLAM Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

FAR Bazaar, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA


Faux Shaw, DADA II, MuzeuMM gallery , Los Angeles

Hysterical Fiction, Estudio LAs Nieves, Bogota, Colombia

Shift and Fade, BLAM Projects gallery, Los Angeles,CA

Our Masters, Egyptian Art and Antiques gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Post Waste, LOFT at South Bay Contemporary gallery, San Pedro, CA

Hysterical Fiction, La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

Cats-in-Residency, Worcester Art Museum, MA

Concrete, BLAM Projects gallery, Los Angeles,CA

Call-and Response, Leo Freedman Gallery, CSUF, Fullerton, CA

Doppelganger, Torrance Art museum, Torrance CA

Academia Luciana, Tiny Griffon gallery, Nuremberg, Germany

Ufology, Outpost Projects, Yucca Valley, CA

F*ART, Gatov Gallery, California State University, Long beach, CA

Birds, MuzeuMM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Running Away from Home, 1748 Adams Gallery , Los Angeles, CA




Value Scale, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

MASque Attack, Temporary Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Uncanny, MuzeuMM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Hysterical Friction: TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Boiling Process 3, Mexicali Rose Gallery, Mexicali, Mexico

Texas National 2015, Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX

‎['''''''shelf''''''''life'''''''] 1748 West Adams,  Los Angeles, CA

Boiling Process 2: LA X TJ, Jaus Gallery, Los angeles, CA

MAS Attack, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 



The Cats-in-Residence Program, 356 Mission Rd. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

MAS Attack 7, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa MonicaCA

Impermanence, Brand Library Art Center, Glendale, CA 

ANOTHER Cats Show, 356 Mission Rd. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

MAS Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Summus, Minan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Transit, SAC Arts at Santora Art Center, Santa Ana, CA 

ArtCrasher, Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, CA

Monster Drawing Rally, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

6x6x2014, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

MAS Vegas, VAST Space projects, Henderson, NV 

To Klingon or Not to Klingon: Project LALO. Campbell Works Gallery, London , UK

4th Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

C-Note, Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Small Works, Southwest Art Canter, Atlanta, GA

Portal, Nextspace@Amplify, Venice, CA

Please Don’t Wake Me, Little Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



The Planter Show, ForYourArt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

EMMEFFAY #5, The New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Hillel 8th Annual Juried exhibition, Hillel, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Department of Art juried exhibition, The New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



UCLA Department Scholarship exhibition, The New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles

Cultural Abstraction, Contemporary Figurations, Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, California

Summer Soul Sis, Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles

Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? The New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles

Hillel 7th Annual juried exhibition, Hillel, UCLA, Los Angeles

Best in Show, UCLA Department of Art, Undergraduate Gallery, Los Angeles

UCLA Department of Art Juried exhibition, The New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles



Think Green, Santa Ana College Main Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

UCLA Department of Art juried exhibition, The New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles



117, Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica

Intimate Oddities, 18 Street Art Center Gallery, Santa Monica

Seminal Transmissions, McNish Gallery, Oxnard, CA



Upstairs Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

So Fly, Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica, CA