Journalist, art critic, editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper Russia.
Graduated from Lomonosov MSU with a degree in art history and theory. Milena Orlova has written several hundred articles on art, the art market, museums and cultural policy. Together with Alexandra Obukhova, she wrote Painting without Boundaries: from Pop Art to Conceptualism (2001). She teaches at the HSE. Milena Orlova often shares her expertise in art on the radio and TV. She hosts the programme Provenance on Kultura radio and the eponymous podcast.
She worked as a senior research fellow at State Tretyakov Gallery,
art columnist, deputy head of the culture department of the newspaper Kommersant (1997–2009), editor-in-chief of the magazine on contemporary art Artchronika. Milena Orlova was a member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Culture, an expert and member of the supervisory board for Innovation, a state competition in contemporary art.
In 2012, she became the editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper Russia, founded by publisher Inna Bazhenova. The Newspaper is part of the world's most competent informational network in art and the only international medium dedicated to art in Russia. The Art Newspaper Russia awards a prize every year. The ceremony takes place in Manege and Gostiny Dvor in Moscow.