Nelly Drell (born 1979 in Tallinn) studied painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (1998-2000) and later continued her studies at Miami University (BA, 2001) and the New York Academy of Art (MA, 2003).
Drell’s paintings are bold and realistic, displaying a multitude of figural compositions. She isn’t afraid of experimenting with different styles. Since 1995, Drell has exhibited her paintings at dozens of group and personal exhibitions. In 2001 she won the Miami International Fine Arts College Young Visual Artist Award and in 2008 the SMV-prize in the Estonian Artists´ Association’s annual exhibition. She is a member of the Estonian Painters Union since 2004 and member of Estonian Artists´ Association since 2012.