Elena Bond was born in Russia in the beautiful old city of Samara on March 20, 1965 to a military doctor and a classical pianist. Elena started drawing at a very early age, using everything from a pencil to her mother's make-up. She came from a family of artists where her great-grandfather and grandfather were both artists.
Because of her father's job in the military, Elena's family had to move around the Soviet Union frequently. She'd lived in Kazakhstan, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Latvia, Litva, St.Petersburg, and Moscow. The largest part of her childhood was spent in Germany. Because of the frequent lifestyle changes, Elena was able to preserve memories of many different cultures and experiences. At the age of 11, she attended her first art school in St.Petersburg, Russia.
It is from this early experience, that she came to the conclusion
that she could be nothing other than an artist.
At 15, she attended the State College of Art in Uzbekistan majoring
in Scenic Design which she completed with honors.
In her painting, she has tried many styles and techniques: from simple still life and portraits to difficult, philosophical, multi-figured art. Whatever she paints, her main goal is to be honest and to love what she creates. With the dismantling of the Soviet Union life changed -- the divisive issues of nationality and religion resulted in the loss of wealth and stability for so many Soviet citizens.
Fortunately, in 1999, Elena's family won a Green Card Lottery and immediately moved to the United States, where Elena was able to resume her painting both recreationally and professionally.
She currently resides in Miami with her husband and two daughters where she is a scenic designer for The Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.
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