Elena was born in 1968 in Slantsy, near the border with Estonia. Her family moved to St Petersburg and she attended the art school attached to the Academy of Fine Arts until 1986. She was accepted as a student at the Academy itself, and graduated from the Graphics Department in 1992.
From 1989 she has had work accepted by several different publishers in St Petersburg and now has a very successful career as a book illustrator. She had recently completed the design and illustration of a Russian edition of lewis Carroll’s own young children’s version of Alice in Wonderland.
In 1995 she became a member of the Russian Union of Artists.
Between 1995 and 1999 she took part in exhibitions in Germany, France and Switzerland. In 1999 her work was awarded the ‘behst in show’ prize by visitor ballot at the International New Watercolours Biennale in Germany. Subsequently she had one-woman shows in several galleries in England where it has been very well received.
Her work is in private collections in Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Britain and USA, as well as Russia.