Celebrating the Esoteric Spirit in Art

new works by

Jel Ena

"Sanctum Infernum"

October 29 - December 13 2015

Opening reception October 29 5 - 9 pm, artist will be in attendance

A catalog will be available with introductions by Sas Christian and Samuel D. Gliner and essay by Decadence Darling.





"Immaculatam Conceptionem "


Stephen Romano Gallery is very pleased to announce the first ever New York solo exhibition of the works of Los Angeles artist Jel Ena. The exhibition "Sanctum Infernum" will be comprised of a series of new drawings.

Of the works in this exhibition, Jel Ena says ""Sanctum Infernum is a dichotomy; contradiction that is present in all of us, the conflict, and our never ending effort to balance them out. The demon appearing in female form was particularly of the interest to me, yet I don’t necessarily see this occurrence as something evil since I am not a religious nor was I raised in religious environment. What I was interested in exploring in this series is strength and power, desire, pleaseure and pain, decay, life and death. Since they are my own creations they do not belong to any other mythologies or religions, nor stories, except Medea. I view them as my own demons, my strengths but also weaknesses, my feelings and emotions, my dreams and my ideas.""

The exhibition which open October 29 from 5 - 9 pm, will have the artist in attendance, and will continue through December 15 2015. A catalog will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Los Angeles writer Decadence Darling, who also wrote for Stephen Romano Gallery's catalog on Rithika merchant, and will have an essay published in the upcoming catalog for the exhibition "Opus Hypnagogia" curated by Stephen Romano Gallery for Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn.

"Jel Ena is a Serbian born multi-media artist living in her adopted home of Los Angeles. She comes from a family of professional artists in every field who supported her pursuit of the fine arts. Jel Ena attended the Academy of Fine Art, University of Belgrade, where she received her MFA in painting. She has been showing in galleries around the world where her work is widely collected, as well as freelancing in the movie, tv, video game industry as a designer.

Jel Ena’s work displays a mastery of the figure and color. Her style is instantly recognizable and extraordinarily matchless in its visualization. Utilizing her mastery of acrylic/oil paints, pastels, graphite and colored pencils; intricate emotions and hyper surreal visions are born and enchant every viewer into her dark sensual dream-scape.

Jel Ena has exhibited her works internationally at numerous prestigious galleries including La Luz De Jesus Gallery, LA, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, Modern Eden, San Francisco, NY Alexi Era Gallery, Mascoutah, IL Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA ,Auguste Clown, Melbourne, Australia, Dream Factory, Frankfurt, Germany, Art In The Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1988 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, WWA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim, CA, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Potter's Wife Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, Red Raven, Port Townsend, WA Zvono Gallery (Serbia) and SULUJ Gallery (Serbia) and numerous group shows and art fairs with Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn NY..

Jel Ena's art has been published frequently, including features in Juxtapoz Magazine, Between Mirrors, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Mirroir Magazine, Bleaq (Art Blog), Nothing to Nobody Art Magazine (Australia), Supersonic Art, Nightmare Magazine, XLegion (art blog), Politika (daily news paper, Serbia), Blic (Serbia) and Glas Javnosti (Serbia).

Please contact Stephen Romano Gallery at for further information and visuals for this exhibition.


"Sanctum Infernum"


"Carpe Diem"




"Requiem Aeternam"


"Lux ab Intus"







"Salve me, fons pietatis"








About Stephen Romano

Stephen Romano Gallery is a new addition to the Brooklyn art gallery community, having opened its doors in April of 2014 in Dumbo and having relocated to Bushwick in September to open an exhibition of works by Rithika Merchant.

Prior to opening the current gallery, Stephen Romano was a private art dealer for 15 years specializing in masters of self-taught and visionary art such as Henry Darger, Martin Ramirez, Charles Dellschau, Bill Traylor, Darcilio Lima, and many others. The Gallery's most recent exhibition El Gato Chimney’s “De Rerum Natura” was well received and reviewed, as was the preceding exhibition "Trypophobia" by Colin Christian. Stephen Romano Gallery also mounted the most ambitious exhibition of works by pictorialist photographer William Mortensen to coincide with the release of the book "American Grotesque" published by Feral House. 

Stephen Romano has been a participant in many art fairs including PULSE, The Metro Show, and the Outsider Art Fair.

In 2013, Stephen Romano produced a seminal 330-page monograph on visionary artist CHARLES DELLSCHAU designed by Marquand Books and distributed by DAP. The book generated several positive reviews from a wide variety of publications such as Bookforum, Raw Vision Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Antiques, and the arts and Design Observer, among many others. With an introduction by Stephen Romano, the book features the final published essay by renowned art writer Thomas McEvilley, as well as contributions from the founder of The Museum of Everything, James Brett, and the curator of Smithsonian Museum of Aerospace, Thomas Croutch.

In the same year, Romano also published the first ever post-mortem catalog of works by Brazilian visionary Darcilio Lima and most recently a catalogue of an previously unknown photographic series from 1925 by William Mortensen entitled "A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft," with an introduction by A.D. Coleman and essay by Tom Pattersen. Most recently, Stephen Romano Gallery had the honor of publishing a catalog of works by Pavel Kraus with an essay by David Ebony, as well as a catalog for Chinese artist Lu Zhang with essay by Robert C. Morgan. In 2015, the gallery produced a catalog of the "TRYPOPHOBIA" exhibition by Colin Christian with texts by Kris Kuksi, Allison C. Meier and Samuel D. Gliner. The most recent catalog was the gallery published was on Italian artist El Gato Chimney with texts by Martin Wittfooth, Pamela Grossman and Michela D'Acquisto.

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