Elena developed a passion for photography as child intrigued by Soviet cinematography and historical family photographs. She picked up her first camera as a 7 year old living in communist Ukraine before immigrating to the United States with her family seeking political asylum. They moved to New York City where Elena developed a fascination with the 90s art scene and enrolled in art school. Experiencing oppressive authority and discrimination in Ukraine as a child motivates her to pursue her dream of creating art.
Elena shares her studio with her boyfriend, a furniture designer, whom she frequently collaborates with.